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After enrolling in a honors program at a private college, my parents went bankrupt when my father lost his business in the crash of the Michigan economy. My parents divorced and I was estranged from my family.
I lived in Chicago where rent for a college student is $500/month. Add rood and utilities and I had no money left. I had no health insurance and “slept off” bronchitis. I just recently paid off the medical bills I had from the one time I needed to pay out of pocket for an emergency and just did not have the money. I could not afford a text book 3/4 of the years I was in college and read them at the bookstore in between class (5:45-9pm) and work (7am-5pm) (that is 14 hour day of work, 6 days a week, without homework or travel included in that)
I worked and went to school full-time. I made my classes. Never missed work, and did extra.
I out read, out worked and out energized my peers, without a community of people I knew or trusted. They could not have helped me if they had wanted to.
I am 28. I make well over $100,000/year and pay down the $60K of debt I took out as a 18 year old with no cosigner for my loans ($500/month). I have worked my ass off, stayed inspired and made smart choices when I wanted to give up.
I am the 2% after living on corn flakes & water, and my own ambition- I stand with the 99% and say do not give up!
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I am a female mechanical engineering student. I’m so good at Calculus, Physics, and 3-D designs. Dean’s List student, even for classes as Calc 3 and Dynamics. I have no co-signer for loans, so I am only eligible for enough to cover books and tuition. It’s taken my 5 years to complete 6 semesters because I run up my credit cards to pay for gas and food, and I can’t go back until I pay the balance down some. My cards are currently completely maxed, and I fear that I am beginning to lose Calculus knowledge that I learned in 2005. My car is ready to break down at 130,000 miles, and my debt payments are $700 just for interest every month. I have been paying on and off between semesters and I still have $5000 to go before I even begin to pay the principal balance. I’m 25, live at home, and I bartend 50 hours a week. I want to design machines and energy systems that have a positive impact on our society, but I’m getting you HAMMERED and cleaning up after your party instead. I especially enjoy when people talk to me like an idiot because you got the wrong cheese on your burger. I know - I’m serving you dinner because I must be a stupid girl.
I am the 99%.
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I am a 30 year old Software Engineer with vast experience in technology. I have quit my job that paid $67,000 a year with medical benefits due to the harrassment and threat of termination from my former supervisor due to his actions that costs the my former company thousands of dollars. Had I stayed, I would’ve been fired to save the company money. In either case, I have been denied unemployment which has resulted me in losing my apartment, car, and food. I have been denied access to all social saftey net programs because I have simply made the decision to quit rather than be fired. I have been without a job for 5 months now even though I am a highly skilled and hard working employee. My income tax of over $2500 has been seized to pay a school loan as well as child support. I have absolutely no income, due to the laws of this country that has made sure people like me have no access to public housing, medical care, or financial assistance. Although things for me have not been the greatest, I will not give up my rights as a human being to live, fight, and change things for the better for myself and people like me who are in my situation. My situation has strengthened my resolve in making sure that I can bring change to a country where change is severely needed. Our politicians need to listen to people without money, instead of people with an overabundance of it. We live in a country where there are empty homes, and homeless people; 24 hour grocery stores with men, women and children are starving to death; Universities that lack students yet millions of potential minds seeking an education; and a Federal Reserve that has countless funds of money yet millions of people in extreme and severe poverty. Where is my government that I paid for? Where is my government where I live?
I am the 99%
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Fired from @WholeFoods because they needed time off for surgery. #ows #S17 #election2012
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I got part of a programming degree before the bottom fell out of the tech industry and all of an AS in electrical design that cost me $60k in debt.
I got laid off 4 months ago. Because I refused to work 60+ hour weeks, I can’t get my old managers to call me back. As a 5-year industry veteran with no industry references, I can’t get hiring managers to call me back.
I’ve gone bankrupt to escape credit cards, but student loans are for life.
I have an ER bill I can’t pay, an untreated skin condition I can’t see anyone about, wisdom teeth coming in sideways I can’t get corrected, and asthma I treat with coffee to save the inhaler for emergencies.
I live on unemployment in two spare bedrooms in my mother’s double-wide.
I’m wiring books in the hopes of one day living on a skill I possess again.
And, if I’m very lucky I’ll be able to get a job in the fall working on a janitor crew a friend manages.
I AM THE 99%
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Anonymous said: Where do the 1%/99% come from.
We think from this article: http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105
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I am a 56-year-old woman. I worked for Lockheed Martin for 35 years. I was laid-off just 3.5 years short from being able to collect a full pension. For each year before I am 59.5 years old my pension drops 5%, so if I put in for my retirement benefits now and draw my pension I would loose 15.5% of my pension. I worked 35 years, at the same time I went to college, graduated, and earned my bachelor’s degree. For what?! I now have to try and find a job at age 56.
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I’m on an internship for school. I’m not getting paid for it. I’m in a strange city. I don’t know anyone here. I have applied at almost every fast-food restaurant, retail store, gas station, and whatever else I can think of, but have heard nothing back. My bank account is almost completely empty. I’m writing this on the laptop I can’t sell because I need it for school, and while I write, I eat the last of my groceries. My car is almost out of gas. I don’t even have enough money to pay rent on the first of the month. I don’t have a lot of personal possessions that I can sell, and the ones that I can, I probably won’t get much for. I don’t have health insurance, and I dread getting sick or having an accident that leaves me in the hospital. If I give up now and go home, I won’t graduate. I’m already several thousand dollars in student loan debt, I hope to at least have something to show for it. But how long can I last at my internship when I have to choose between putting gas in my car and doing laundry? My life is a ticking time-bomb, and the last few seconds are counting down before my eyes.
I am the 99 percent. And I am out of ideas.
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I am a 24 year old college graduate. I have a B.A. in English. After 5 years of work to better myself, I am now working 40-50 hours a week making barely more than I did when I graduated from high school 6 years ago. I work 2 jobs and can’t afford to move out of my parents house even with a roommate. I have $33,000+ to pay in student loans. (I’m barely paying the interest.) I can’t find a full time job because I have no experience…no one will hire me so I can gain some! I’m stressed out and depressed. I feel trapped. The American Dream is dead for my generation. I AM THE 99%!!!
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I am the 99% - I am a good man who has been taken to the edge of sanity by the world I live in. a world where people are rewarded disproportionately to their contribution to their fellow man. a world where a soccer player can earn enough in a week to buy a house, but where a nurse who saves and nurtures the lives of others is made to survive on a subsistence wage. I am the 99% and the time has come for us to take back our world.
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I am 25 and newly married. My life is not horrible but I am angered by my situation.
I work for a corporation that gives me very few rights (posting this I can actually get fired if I disclose the name of the company or myself).
I work long hours for straight commission. My company can change my commission rates at anytime they desire. I am forced to work even when the store is not open for no hourly wage. If I don’t make minimum wage in a given pay period they will pay me minimum wage but the next time I make more money than minimum wage I have to pay them back.
I have very limited health insurance with outrageous deductibles and after paying for it and paying income tax many of my bi-weekly paychecks are less than four hundred dollars and this is a full-time job!
If I want to make more money I need to move to a salaried position. I have witnessed many friends attempt to do this and they are slaves that have difficulty balancing personal life with the over abundance of hours and demands put on them.
The corporation is too cheap to hire more workers to make salaried workers jobs less demanding. They can not retain good quality employees because they refuse to pay more than minimum wage unless you are on commission or are salaried.
I am smart and a very quick learner but refuse to put myself in thousands of dollars in debt to get a piece of paper that says I am qualified.
I am very creative but any job that I see that I could possibly make a decent income at and be happy doing it needs a degree.
Many people I went to high school with have gone to college and have associate degrees which mean almost as much as a high school diploma in today’s job market.
The ones with bachelor degrees are lucky if they have jobs that pay enough to make a dent in their educational debt. These people still owe thousands of dollars to be a slave. They are no better off than I (I actually have an edge on them by not having tens of thousands of dollars in debt).
I am a slave to society. I work to make money and I can barely afford to live. My husband and I are in an okay position as long as one of the small cracks in the ice below our feet do not begin to spider and break apart.
Anonymous said: I am looking for a yard sign to support our thoughts help others.
Here is a great site to help you gather materials to spread the word. http://www.occupytogether.org/spreadtheword/
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