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I have a friend who as problems at home. His parents are currently split up, His mom has an abusive boyfriend. So he moved to his dad’s house, who worked for the MTA, and was recently laid off. His house is under foreclosure. So he joins after-school programs to avoid going home… he is the 99%.
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At the age of 22, the most I’ve made per hour is $9.50. I have worked on the books since I was fifteen, and babysat before that. My family was working class down to our roots. My dad worked two sometimes three jobs to make ends meet…and my mom still had to go to work.
When I left on maternity leave, I was making little more than 8 dollars an hour. After the baby, I was informed that since I didn’t qualify for FMLA, I was being let go. I could “reinterview” for my position. I was on unemployment for about four months, which paid less than 200 dollars a week. How do you provide for a baby on that?? Then, when I applied for assistance, they told me we made too much money. I wanted to ask the lady where that extra money was, cause I could sure use it right about now…
Thankfully, I got a job now; but we are just barely afloat. I see no decent cars in our future, nor do I see us able to buy a house. I shop at discount grocery store, I buy second hand, and the dollar store are my saving grace.
I would like to feel secure from week to week. I would like to have a savings account, and be able to put away money for my baby to go to school. I would like to buy a house and have a reliable car that isn’t jimmy rigged together. I am not afraid of working. As I said, I’m a working class person…but I would like to get paid a living wage, and have a career instead of fast food.
IS THIS SO MUCH TO ASK?
When I was a kid, they told us about the American Dream, and how we could be whatever we wanted. This isn’t really what I had pictured. I have a kid, that’s true…but bankruptcy, a small apartment, two beat cars, and a ton of bills just wasn’t what I had hoped for.
I don’t even have the picket fence.
We are the 99%.
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I work full time and so does my husband. We can’t afford our mortgage even though we both have decent jobs. We are about to lose our house. We are the 99%
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I am 48 years of hope hoping for hope that things will eventually get better
I am almost a half-century’s worth of being sick and tired of being sick and tired and quite frankly I am sick and tired of it
I am desperate for purpose
I think fairness is a plate of food and a warm bed for all
I think people should be recognized and loved not discarded
I think an awful lot about living but I’m almost anxious to die
I want to make more of an impact not minimum wage
I want to make friends
I want to make a difference
I do what I can to improve my life and try to improve on others
I do not give up or quit
I do think I can make it though if only I’d get noticed
I hate the fact that I don’t count
I hate mirrors that look at me (most days)
I hate that I hate
I wish for drastic change (at least for 99% of us)
I wish I wasn’t me (most times)
I wish I would’ve wished for wishes (I just used up all 3)
I know it will get better though because it cant get any worse
(I know I’m wrong on that one)
I know you probably agree
I am grateful though
I am grateful for you
I am grateful for the 99%
I thank you all
I thank you for your service and your message of hope
I thank you for sharing the pathway to purpose
I am now on that path
I am being counted
I am…the 99%
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I have a rare condition and there is no cure because research isn’t profitable. There is no access to drugs because insurances and the pharma industry argue about money. I lose :( Not any longer! I am the 99 percent!
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I am 19 years old, I’ve lived in poverty my entire life. My mother has worked the same job at $11/hr for 13 years to support me, my brother and my father. With how unstable welfare has been, my diabetic brother was unable to get the insulin he needs in order to survive.
I currently attend a small university as an art major, I’ll be $24,000 in debt by the time I graduate and I don’t even know if there are jobs for me. With education prices steadily rising, Graduate school might be nothing more than a dream for me.
The people in congress who decide how much we get have no idea what it’s like to live like us. They have never watched their children struggle and starve or went to a free medical center, to receive low quality help for a high quality situation or disease, because they couldn’t afford to go anywhere else.
They’ve never had to spend a weekend without electricity.
They’ve never had to spend 3 months without running water.
They’ve never gone days eating crackers because they don’t have enough money for food and their foodstamps got cut.
I hope for change.
I hope for equality.
I am the 99%.
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I’m 26 years old. I’m a journalist, writer and editor. I’m unemployed and live with my parents. I’ve been unemployed since graduating from school 2 1/2 years ago with no debt. I’ve been looking for a job in my field, but have only gotten unpaid internships that don’t lead to a job with the company, and the only jobs I’ve gotten are at places that can’t pay anyone, even the people at the top.
I’ve put out high-quality pieces and I’m a self-starter with a deep knowledge of and passion for the subjects I work on. I always have ideas for projects and I welcome teamwork to realize them. All of these things, apparently, are what employers are looking for. I’ve done everything right, and no one will hire me.
I’m not looking for fame, glory or fortune. I’m looking for a job. Is that too much to ask?
I am the 99%
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I am at a public university studying to be a preschool teacher. When I graduate, I’ll have $40,000 in student loans to pay back. I’ll be making a maximum of $25,000 a year. I already owe over $40,000 in medical debt. I’m not sure I’ll ever be debt free. Right now I’m on my dad’s insurance, but when I turn 26, I have no idea what I’ll do. I’m scared and anxious for my future. I am the 99%
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i am a 100% disabled vet. i live in turkey because i can’t afford us medical care. my $1000 student loan is now $20,000 even though i have repaid the principle many times over. i am the 99%.
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I volunteer my time in positions I would ultimately like to get paid for. I take initiative in contacting employers I would like to work with. I follow up with a thank you after every single interview. And then I follow up again. I have three years of professional experience in addition to two years of internships in my field. I have just finished my fifth temporary position of 2011 and it makes me want to scream!! I am the 99% and I would like a full-time job at 35-40k with benefits.
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A single mom of ONE child. I make a grand total of SIX DOLLARS over the max for food stamps, or ANY kind of gov’t assistance. I have to choose between food and rent/electricity most weeks. I have a court order for my child’s father to pay $200/month. He refuses… BUT the gov’t saw fit to allow HIM food stamps, medical care, and housing assistance. He works under the table.
I have NO health insurance, yet I am in constant pain and require spinal surgery. THIS SUCKS!!
I pay 100% out of my own pocket for my child’s daycare so I can work. My student loan of $14,000+k is growing because I cannot afford to pay it. I keep having to request a forbearance… I am thankful for the job that I do have. However, I am employed through a staffing agency, and I do not get paid holidays when the office is closed. Imagine how bad I felt when I could not afford presents for my only child.
I am thankful for a volunteer, non-profit organization called VIM that can see to my most basic health issues at no cost to me, because I am a hard-working, middle-class american. I have to pay for my anxiety/depression medicine out of my pocket.
I am also thankful that at least my child has health insurance paid for by the state. Thank you, state.
If it weren’t for my child I would honestly not be here anymore…
…Because I see where this country is going. I have never voted because I know it will not make a difference. The gov’t and wallstreet will do whatever they want anyways.
The “American Dream” has wasted away into a NIGHTMARE. I would rather go to another country that cares for its people.
I know there are others much less fortunate than I, so I am truly thankful for what I do have.
This madness has GOT TO STOP.
If I didn’t have to work to provide food for my child, I would be occupying outside of wallstreet right now.
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I am 25 years old and have $34,000 in debt for my education at a public university, even though my struggling parents sold their home to help pay.
I am lucky to have a found a teaching job in a caring community, but I am working part time and don’t have health insurance. I would have no way to pay medical bills if anything serious were to happen.
When I had health insurance at my previous job, the premium was ten percent of my income. Another twenty three percent went to paying my student loans.
A friend and I got a family plan together to save on phone costs.
I rented a Zipcar to move houses and got in a minor accident. The deductible was $500, payable immediately (there was no option to pay in installments), so I found myself one month behind on student loans.
I buy used, I ride a bike, I pay in cash, and I’m just barely fine.
It will be another month until I become eligible to join a local credit union, but in the meantime Chase just started charging me a $10/month service fee. Really?
I am the 99 percent.
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