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« Ik wil ECHT werken ! Na 10 jaar studie ben ik architect maar moet rondkomen bij Flora voor €10,-/uur » is hardly a life story written in Dutch, but it’s a start. This was my message for Occupy Den Haag. An affidavit stating that I’m well educated and yet unable to find anything but menial labour. I am NOT work shy ! Occupy has been a shock: I have met many professional equals whilst protesting, one of whom saw his office (KOW Den Haag) go from sixty to just six architects in one year: a slaughterhouse !
What my sign doesn’t say is: Whilst (not) finding work as a architect, I have also booked success as a teacher only to see all subsidies vanish as snow in sunshine and to land back out on the street for 2012. I have started my own business, it’s STILL starting due to the poor market. On the Dutch job-market you need a diploma for ANYTHING. I’m lucky not to have student-debt as I chalked up my years of evening school. Finding work anywhere else means back of line and back to school when just about EVERYBODY is firing NOT hiring.
For those of you red-necks out there still employed and still unable to fathom what going on: WAKE UP ! It is SLANDEROUS to bawl GET A JOB at good and HONEST FOLK. Occupy has taught me there are plenty of haters out there but that most Occupiers are decent, hard-working (YES!) responsible citizens who care for each other and the world WE the 99% live in.
PS - My bank wrote to us recently, saying we had lost our “Preferred Banking” status because our income had slipped. The irony of it makes my laugh. I can think of SO many things preferable to a wunch of Bankers.
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I know you said this we must show our faces, but this is not mine personally. I found it in a newspaper with OWS as the cover story.
Who ever you are, I understand. We are hurting, too.
“Growing up, I constantly saw my mother overcome financially extreme adversities. My father abused my mother daily, but she was strong. She fought back. Once left with a house with no degree, no job, and myself at 8 years old. She became determined. In a span of 5 years, she in a job that was paying her 50,000 annually.
But over that time, she was constantly laid off. Multiple times of extreme stress, also on me. Dealing with an emotionally unavailable father, and financial problems burden a burden for me.
My mother lost plenty of times. So why, why if she gained alot as well, why doesn’t it seem enough? An honest, hardworking single mother with a house and two children. With financial burdens the banks seemed to make a mockery of. Why is it, that I cannot attend college because we can’t “afford” it?
I’m not trying to make a pity party for myself, but we need to WAKE UP. The more I look around at the biggest problems we face, the easier it is to think of an obvious solution. But people seem willfully ignorant. And that bothers me.
So much wrong doing in the world, while we settle for “just because.” What have people become? To put profit over the people? How addicting is money, and when is it enough for you? When an innocent Iranian child dies? When an honest, hardworking, middle class resident who can’t keep up with the bills anymore? When?
Because I have been looking for an answer. I am angry. Angry, AT US. For allowing this to be. Also upset because it hit me personally. I feel like the United States will completely disintegrate in my lifetime.
But why? Ask yourselves, why. Why does this have to be? If we didn’t know about this corruption, it’s one thing. But when it’s in our faces, why do we still choose to accept it?
As my mom is one missed check away from losing everything, I wonder why too.
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I have now been trying to find a full time job with in my current company and on the outskirts for four years with no luck. I work two days a week, 12hr shifts for 13 bucks an hour. After taxes I take home 420 dollars every 2 weeks. Although I’m blessed with a strong supportive husband and have many good friends; I see everyone around me failing, falling and drowning in debt.
I fear for the day me or my husband loose our jobs we’ve committed years to. We took our money out of Chase to help support bank transfer day, only to be mocked by those we worked with. We eat low grade food, have no cable, don’t see the doctor or dentist regularly, quit smoking and share a cell phone plan. We have rotting teeth, with no dental coverage and each time we cave in to see a dentist it’s over 200 dollars minimum.
My husband received a Christmas bonus from the multi-million dollar business he spends more then 12hrs a day at. Though we were grateful, the two thousand dollars didn’t compare to the millions of dollars he made for his absent boss. We don’t want a hand out. We don’t want people to feel sorry for us… what’s the point, everyone is in the same boat as us if not worse.
I see everyone around me having children on Medicare with low paying jobs. I fear for their children and as of right now, I’m grateful we don’t have any children to worry about feeding. I doubt we’d be able to get Medicare or food stamps anyways as we make over 15 thousand annually. The funny thing is those people I see having so many kids on Medicare laugh at the Occupy Movement. I worry for the education they will give their children.
The only thing that keeps us going is the hope that everyone will wake up and see the benefits of a resource based economy. Those who suffer will stand up for what they believe in and what they deserve. No one deserves to go to bed hungry or live with the fear of what rotting teeth will eventually do to them. I crave an education, a chance to do something I love for a living, a chance to live equally.
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I am part of the 99%, my parents are also the 99%. I lost my previous job back in April 2011 and am still unemployed, my parents can barely support me with the retirement money they have and can barely support my two brothers.
I cannot afford high quality private healthcare, I am currently on Medicaid and Social Security which does not support me fully, I attempted to go to college but was forced to drop out due to lack of money and I ended up with a $20,000 loan debt which took me 5 years to pay back and this was community college.
I want free high-quality education, I believe EVERYONE should be able to obtain a Johns Hopkins, Yale, Rutgers, Harvard-level education for free or low-cost, it’s NOT fair that only the 1% can afford to go to Hopkins, Yale, Rutgers, Harvard and the rest of the Ivy league colleges and universities.
I don’t think it’s fair that the 1% can afford quality housing and healthcare.
I don’t think it’s fair that our representatives in the House and Senate can get the BEST healthcare out of all the private and public healthcare that’s currently available, they can obtain experimental treatments AT NO COST while all, if not most, private insurances won’t even cover the cost of experimental treatments and they are covered with this extremely high-quality healthcare when they retire and it’s also available to their families.
I’m 25 now and currently involved with the Occupy Baltimore movement and the sign I’m holding in my picture was a sign I used while protesting with Occupy Baltimore before we got evicted from McKeldin Square. I strongly believe in removing ALL inequalities within society, economics and politics. I am extremely fed up with how our country is run and how shitty the so-called “American Dream” has become. I think if our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves seeing how fucked up our nation has become since the founding of the U.S. and how religion has become a huge part of politics.
Baltimore is one of the cities that have extreme poverty in many areas and 1%ers living in other areas, in fact, where I live in Baltimore City, on just ONE street, EVERY socioeconomic class is ON THIS SINGLE STREET, poor, middle class, upper-middle class and the rich and wealthy lives on or within the vicinity of this single street!!!!!! It’s very sad.
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I sat on the sidelines for too many years
Thinking that my vote counted for something
That the system could be changed from within
Meanwhile corruption and greed in government
Has left the American people in dire need
Need of Healthcare – Need of Jobs
Need of Justice – Need of Accountability
I consider myself very lucky that I have been
Able to support my family with my wife and I
Both working multiple jobs as freelancers
Our children are healthy and well fed
Our daughter is in college on a scholarship
We live from check to check creatively
Our lives could be much worse
I can no longer sit on the sidelines as the 99%
Loses it’s future – it’s hope – it’s freedoms
I am the 99%
Now on the front lines of www.occupywallst.org
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Back in 1995, Information Technology jobs were the jobs of the future. I went into IT and worked for two different companies for a couple years each before starting my own consulting company.
I worked hard and my customers liked the quality of the service I provided. I had three employees at one point.
I felt like my employees were dependent on me for their livelihood. I was a “good boss”, I even offered health insurance benefits. Next to payroll itself, health insurance was my company’s biggest expense.
We went on like this for over 8 years. We weren’t rolling in dough, but we were getting by.
When the economy began to stiffen up, getting by turned into scraping by. I spent a good portion of my time chasing after customers to pay their bills. I began to experience minor health problems which my doctor advised me were stress related.
I had to get rid of one employee who was stabbing me in the back. A year or so later another employee left for greener pastures. I eventually had to let the last one go as I closed up shop.
Paying for employee benefits definitely contributed to the lackluster success of my business. If I had been more of a “bastard boss”, I’d probably have been ok.
I threw everything I had into my company figuring that when the business grew, I’d get it back.
I’m in my early 40’s now. I don’t own my own home or any other property for that matter. I don’t have any retirement savings. No IRAs. No 401k. I drive a 12 year old car. I incurred a ton of debt, much of which is penalty fees from when the company got behind in state taxes and worker’s compensation payments.
I have a public sector job now, which is a lot of frustrating work for a salary that barely covers my monthy expenses, and doesn’t leave me anything to do about my debt.
If I can manage to stay in this job for at least 20 years, I’ll be eligible to get something from the state pension system when I retire at 65, if the state pension system doesn’t go insolvent before then.
It takes me a few minutes every morning, when I look in the mirror, to talk myself out of the belief that I am a failure.
I know that there are other people who have even less than I do, and that makes me sad, sad for my country, sad for this world.
The Occupy movement gives me hope.
Hope for a future where financial might does not make moral right.
Where no one is “too big to fail”, and where we do hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, regardless of how much money they do or don’t have in their pockets.
My name is Jon
I am the 99%.
I wonder how much time the 1% really spend counting their lucky stars?
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I’m only 15 years old. Sometimes my family can’t afford to buy groceries when we need to. I haven’t been to the doctor in three years because we can’t afford it. I have all symptoms of having diabetes and get scared that I might go into a diabetic coma if I have it. My mom works for the school board and my step dad builds homes. I’ve been seeing and hearing about all these arrests and brutal beatings for the protesters in “Occupy Wall Street.” What I don’t understand is, if the Bill of Rights claims we have freedom of speech then why are we being arrested and beaten down for simply sharing our opinions?? Also, we can spend millions, even billions, of dollars to fund a war but we can’t spend even the slightest bit of that to house the homeless or feed the poor?! The government is taking taxes from the poor and giving it to the rich! The poor are already in debt, their houses are being foreclosed, they’re losing their jobs!! While the rich are living in luxury, the poor are SUFFERING! WE NEED CHANGE!
What ever happened to everyone being equal?
I AM the 99%
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I am 26 years old.
I live with my parents. I have a BS in Aeronautical Engineering.
I have over $30K in student loans. ($400/mo.)
I make $11/hr at my current job.
I have friends who got jobs making:
UNMANNED COMBAT AERIAL VEHICLES
I have a question:
If I refuse to work for a defense contractor as an engineer, where can I get a job that doesn’t involve KILLING PEOPLE?
I realise I am fortunate enough to have a job, a home, medical coverage, food, a car, and other things.
I also realise that the reason my friends and I are is the same reason many aren’t.
I am the 99%
against the CORPORATE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.
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I’m 22. After looking for only 4 months, I found a job which I love and allows me to fulfil my potential and promote the values I believe in. I am surrounded with people I love: my family and my friends. I don’t know if I will be able to buy a house one day, or even if my nephews, or future children will have the chance that I had. The future is becoming more and more uncertain, and it frightens me. I worry about them, I worry about me, I worry about us all.
I’m the 99%
(Belgium supports Occupy Wall Street)
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And I’m one of the lucky ones…
21 year old college senior. Debt free thanks to working full time in the summer and had money saved up. Two part time jobs during school year. Parent’s insurance doesn’t cover prescription meds= unmedicated depression and anxiety. Applying to grad schools because I know there will be no jobs pertaining to my degree. Scared for the future. Scared for the present.
I am the 99 percent!
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