A month after it began with a few hundred people marching on Wall Street, the #Occupy movement has grown to include tens of thousands of participants throughout the country and has captured headlines around the world. If it has not yet succeeded beyond its wildest dreams, that’s only because its participants have dreamed big: imagining a sustained popular uprising that could force fundamental changes in our political and economic system—ones that could end corporate dominance and promote real democracy.
Masses of young people are no longer reserved about a social system that writes them off and denies them work and existential security. "Prosperity for all" is no longer a promise of the dominant economy. "The left is right" means the global finance-driven market in its "neoliberal" state proves to be as brutal as the anti-capitalists have always described it.
To clearly define the needs of working people and to establish a new social and economic order, Stewart Alexander says he would commission an Occupy Wall Street Council. The OWS Council would be comprised of thousands of working people from local communities, states and throughout the nation. Alexander emphasized his choice to head this national council would be peace activist Cindy Sheehan. Alexander says, “It is my hope that the Occupy Wall Street movement and the OWS Council will help establish true democracy in America.”