Occupy Wall Street's center shows some cracks

By AMY WESTFELDT | December 14, 2011 | 3:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Occupy Wall Street movement that prides itself on leaderless democracy is mutating now that its encampments in New York and several other cities have shut down.

The movement's center has split up into dozens of smaller groups, with a more scattered leadership structure.

In New York, where it started, protesters say there are more than 100 working groups dedicated to different causes, and committees that focus on nonviolent communication and meditation. Other key organizers are still leading large-scale protests like the blockades of West Coast ports this week.

Members say they're staying true to their message by letting everyone have a voice and addressing all issues aimed at bettering the economy and society. But some wonder if the different agendas weaken Occupy's larger goals.