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I am a 21 year old mother of one. He is two months old. His father and I had a long distance relationship before he was born. We are forced to continue our long distance relationship becuase we can’t afford to live together. He is about to be laid off and I was forced to quit my job because I can’t afford childcare. I was forced to work throughout my pregnancy because I couldn’t afford not to. I was only offered ONE MONTH of UNPAID maternity leave. If it wasn’t for medicaid, I would have no idea how I would have paid off my hospital bills. I am surviving off of what I have left of my savings . I hope for a brighter future for my son. I just want my family together.
I am the 99 % and I am fucking pissed.
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I lost my job in the downturn. I got sick a month or so later Just as I was about to find a job. I still had a month of insurance left, but my doctor misdiagnosed an infection of stomach worms. He got his degree from the antilles, but felt confident enough to tell my family I was having a mental break down and “nothing could possibly be wrong with me.”
I was denied medicaid, disability, all the “hand outs”. I stayed sick for two years without medical treatment. I could have been cured in a third world country for about $30. We only found out what was causing it when I started bleeding out my anus, and i threw up a pile of worms. Then they believed me.
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I have a Master’s degree, but can’t find a full-time job or freelance work that pays enough for me to live.
I have $30,000 in student loans, despite having attended state and city schools.
I’m 27 and living with my parents.
I’m on Medicaid and the red tape to get help for my depression is like a brick wall.
I am the 99 percent.
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I am 24. I stayed in school, got a degree & stayed out of trouble. I am over $20k in student loan debt with no hope of paying it back. The most I have made at a job is 14/hr with no benefits (part time) I have gone without eating more times then I can count. I have not slept in a real bed in over 5 years.
I have NOTHING to lose because they have taken it all. I AM PISSED. I AM THE 99%.
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I graduated high school 2 years early, at age 16, in the top 10 of my class, so i could go to college and start working as soon as possible.
I received a scholarship through Florida Bright Futures, for 75% of my tuition…but had $100 per credit hour taken away from me after my first semester, simply because they lacked funding.
Now at only 18 years old, i have a degree, and 2 years experience in my field. I work 40 hrs a week, yet i barely make enough money to cover my bills.
I was always taught that hard work pays off. I want to know when.
I am the 99%.
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First they bailed out banks
and I spoke out
because I am not a bank.
Then they busted the unions
and I spoke out
because the unions spoke for me.
Then they made cuts on the poor
and I spoke out
because they are workers, too.
Now they’re coming for me
and I hope we finally speak together
because 99 is more than 1.
-the people united will never be defeated-
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I have a 3.9 GPA.
My dad works 70 hours per week to pay the bills.
I cannot go to college unless I get a scholarship or we sell our house.
We are the 99%.
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I’m 50 years old.
I am one of the lucky ones!
I’ve worked since I was 16, I’m a decorated US Military Vet. I’m well educated and work in the IT field and haven’t had a raise in five years. My wife is a school teacher who has lost $5000.00 of her salary due to budget cuts. Wells Fargo started foreclosure proceedings after we missed a payment, they would not talk to us until they successfully foreclosed on our home, then socked us with legal fees and refinanced making us upside down on our mortgage.
To make ends meet, I’ve had to take a better paying job out of state, leaving my wife and child (a foster care adoption) in our home we cannot sell and cannot rent. I’ve been tuned down for insurance even though I’m healthy. I’m looking for a 2nd job so I can move off of my friend’s couch because with my wife and my combined salary I can’t afford a cheap efficiency apartment.
WE ARE DOING WELL!
WE ARE THE 99%\
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I am a college student at a public in-state university. even after two years at community college, I will still be paying for my education years after graduation. I received $150 in parking fines after paying to park in front of my own building. I have six roommates and our rent is still close to $700/person each month. I have on-campus employment where I receive less than 10 hours a week.
We are the 99%
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LAST SUMMER, I WORKED 5 JOBS @ ONE TIME TO MAKE ENDS MEET. NOW I WORK TWO. I HAVE A BACHELOR’S. I AM A WAITRESS. I GOT MARRIED 4 MONTHS AGO. MY HUSBAND LOST HIS JOB WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM OUR HONEYMOON.
I AM 24. I HAVE A BULGING DISC IN MY NECK. I NEED SURGERY. I HURT. I HAVE NO INSURANCE.
I LOST MY JOB TODAY.
I’M SO TIRED.
I AM THE 99%
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I am currently working 3 part-time jobs and 3 independent contracts. One job is seasonal through the end of the year, and one of the contracts is about to end. I have to pay health insurance out of pocket, I don’t own a home, and I still have to hope all my checks come in on time to pay the rent every month. This spring, I took a job that paid $7.50 an hour - that’s less than I made as a college student do temp work 10 years ago! I am the 99%.
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I’m 29 years old and between my husband and myself we have $200,000 in student loan debt that we will never be able to pay off. I have a chronic pain disease and should be on disability but we can’t afford it. I’m grateful to have a job but I’m definitely under employed. They lied when they said education will keep you from debt. :( We are the 99%! Occupywallst.org
Scared, worried and living one day at a time.
We weren’t irresponsible. We were trying to do what was right and not be a burden on our families. Now we’re in debt, have crunched credit and we just found out that if we ever want to have kids we’re going to need to have medical help that we simply cannot afford. I go to bed every night with a broken heart because my dreams are dead.
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*2 college degrees - over 50k in debt
*Son w/ chronic ear infections- over 5k in debt
*Daughter w/ SID- can’t afford to get the help she needs
*Couldn’t pursue my BA, to find a job.. still can’t find one
*Constant worry that my husband’s job will be lost due to out-sourcing
*Pay an ungodly amount of rent so my kids have a backyard they can play and be safe in.
*We can barely put food on the table while trying to keep a roof over our heads and trying to get out of debt
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