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ATTENTION: Documentary filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart is looking to connect with people who have submitted their stories to We Are the 99 Percent. She would like to bring your stories to life in a new feature documentary film. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more and explore being interviewed on camera.
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I earn 1700$ a month after taxes. Half my income is from working 15 hours a week as a student assistant in research. The other half is government support for my education. When my last bill is paid, I have a 1000$. I am studying a master’s degree in social science at the university for free. I do pay 40-45% in taxes and groceries are 30-50% more expensive than in the US. I do have government subsidized student loans.
Monthly I donate money to charities, and I’ve recently starting paying back my loans, due to an increased income from work. My real wage was cut 1% this year, but I’ll make it. I only pay for 50% of the cost for my medicine for a chronic illness, and I have free healthcare. A broken leg will only cost me the price of painkillers.
In my country’s economic and social context I am far from rich. I can go to the cinema, maybe travel, buy healthy food, and I can go out. I am far but privileged. I am a regular student with a part time job. I am not lucky. This is the results of my parents and their parents’ struggle for economic justice, and a welfare society with equal opportunities. My country is not going bankrupt. In spite of economic crises it has a strong economy, and we do quite well.
This is the result of a struggle for human dignity and social and economic justice – not good luck. I live in what American pundits call a socialist nightmare.
I feel for the people of the US, Greece and the 99%. I support your struggle, politically and economically. In Denmark I am the 99%. I hope you one day can be as privileged as me.
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It is rare that we post something other than the photos, but this has some important information to remember as we prepare for #mayday http://occupywallst.org #m1gs
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I am a greencard carrying Chinese person with a family of four. Because my husband has worked so many years in a restaurant, he now has health issues because of his blood pressure. We are peaceful, law-abiding residents. Because of landlord harassment, who has threatened us with eviction, we are fighting gentrification. We need to protect the rights of tenants! Every year the rent increases. Sometimes the landlord doesn’t turn on the heat or hot water. The landlord is trying to evict us, and we are currently in housing court. We have to work to save money for rent to pay the rent, to survive. It’s really tough on us. We are the 99%!
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I’ve been living in the US for 30 years, working in a restaurant all the entire time. Every day I work 13 hours, leading to my bad health now. After 9/11, I started getting respiratory problems. My wife used to work in the garment factories, but because there wasn’t business, she got laid off. Rent increases yearly, and we have 2 kids. Now we don’t have work, so life is very difficult. We are a part of the 99%.
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I am an old, retired overseas Chinese person that has always been harassed by my landlord and threatened by eviction. The landlord has used all sorts of methods such as not accepting my rent checks and not providing hot water or heat. Last summer it was the worst when the landlord turned on the heat to bake us alive! We are the 99%!
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I am a Chinese American. I’ve been in the US for 30 years now. I have 4 kids, and in order to support them, I have to take up part-time work. Our family income is mainly supported through my husband’s restaurant job, which only provides a meager income. Now, all of our kids have graduated from college, but because of the negative effects of the economic downturn, my daughters can’t find work. Also, because of my husband’s long term restaurant work, his health has suffered and he’s unable to work now. And then it’s all compounded with the effects of gentrification, such as our landlord’s unending harassment. Last year our rent was raised twice. We are the 99%.
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