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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 an 18 year old working political science/art student. I live with my parents in a modest home and my brother is in the army. My dad was fired over a year ago and has submitted hundreds of applications, but still can’t find work. My mom works 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and makes around $90,000 a year. We can’t afford medical/dental insurance. We have almost been kicked out of our home. We can’t pay our bills. I don’t qualify for any financial aid because of my moms income. To keep our home my parents have to keep taking out loans against my moms retirement fund. We are being taxed to death because people think we are the 1%, but we aren’t.
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I am a sophomore in college- and I’m already $40,000 in debt. My father has been unemployed for four years, he even has a graduate level education. I’m afraid of the debt I will have in the future, and of the chance that I won’t be able to find a job out of school. I’m afraid that I’ll have to work minimum wage jobs for the rest of my life, even though that’s all I’ve been doing since I was 15 years old. Who’s supposed to help me?
I am the 99%.
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I am 26 with a BA in Communication that put me 30k in debt. I spent 4 years after college looking for “professional work” while working multiple part-time jobs that would not give me full time hours in order to avoid having to give me benefits (i.e. health insurance & vacation pay). I was lucky enough to earn a Graduate Assistantship that has gotten me back in school but loan collectors still call me and my family seeking to collect on my loans from my time as an undergrad. Should I tell the freshmen I teach that this is what they have to look forward to? I am the 99%
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I’m a 24 y/o single mom & full time student. I receive NO child support & I had to enroll in school just to get money to put a roof over my son’s head, since jobs are scarce. I’ve bounced from home to home trying to find jobs in different communities, I’ve applied for government assistance with housing and food, and the only thing I have to show for it is enough food stamps every month to get my son and I through a week. I’ve never held a job that paid more than minimum wage and I doubt I ever will. I have to choose between feeding my son and paying my rent and I’m tired of living this way!!!
I AM THE 99%!!!!!!!!!
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I’m an American Citizen. I pay taxes. I’m a stay at home mother that home schools her 8 year old.
In April of 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 2A Her2+ breast cancer. I’ve had a mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemo, 25 rounds of radiation and 8 more Herceptin treatments, which my insurance may not pay. Did I mention each treatment costs $8,657.00? And I still need 8 more. I also have a $5,000.00 deductible to pay each year. And I’m still facing reconstructive surgery this year.
We need change.
I am the 99%
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I have high-functioning autism, and I completed college. I also did my job training under a program with my vocational rehabilitation agency in my state of Florida.
But I’m fed up with Corporate America because I cannot find a job. It’s either because there are no positions available or because according to the assessment questions by Unicru/Kronos (Who else puts a stinkin’ personality test in a job application?) I’m unfit to work. I also have over $20,000 in student loan debt.
I recently joined my mother’s business with residual income and hopefully finding people to work with us. But for now, I’m faced with the financial problems.
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In 2009 at the age of 25 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I am sick and in pain every day of my life. Self-employed, the only insurance I can get is with our state high risk pool. My medications cost thousands of dollars a month. My 63-year-old mother, a retired school teacher, now works to help me stay afloat financially and pay my medical bills. I want to live to see her enjoy retirement. If republicans are elected in 2012, they want to do away with government-funded healthcare. I do not want to live my life in a wheelchair or die young of complications of untreated RA.
I am the 99%.
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My Father is a retired firefighter. He has $$$$$$ in medical bills after having 5 heart attacks in 24 days. My 19 year old brother is a Marine. He signed all the paperwork at 17. My mother was a preschool teacher for 10 years. And is still loved by our community. But due to my dads health problems she had to find another job. My younger brother hates band now because my parents can’t afford to pay for drum lessons. And now hes falling behind the other students. I am 22. I am $20,000 in debt from attending college for 2 years. I work as a waitress at a Casino. And I struggle to pay my bills. My family works so hard, they will not take help from the government, and they are my heroes. My brother will risk his life for 100% of the US and my father risked his life for so many people he didn’t know.
My family and I are the 99%
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I am a middle-aged man working three part-time jobs that pay anywhere between $11 and $17 an hour. I have three different college degrees to my name but full-time work is still an elusive endeavor. The only reason I have medical insurance is due to my wife. Our medical premiums continue to rise, doubling this past year, as our out of pocket expenses exponentially increase. This while the insurance company cries poor and posts quarter profits in the billions.
Still, I consider myself very lucky to have what I have. I am deeply concerned with what has transpired in this country for the last thirty years. Our country was once known for its commitment of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” That commitment has been called into question as more of us struggle to make ends meet on whatever meager incomes we garner. Many of us are facing a crisis in confidence in many of our personal and professional lives. It has been said that great civilizations die from suicide rather than homicide. What we are experiencing is the hijacking of our political system from the corporate oligarchs that have swayed the judicial and legislative process for decades and have thus created a plutocracy where malfeasance is a common occurrence. Our current economy favors consumption over production; debt over saving; and self-indulgence over altruism. We Americans must insist on complete transparency, clarity and accessibility when it comes to conglomerates dictating policy and procedure. This goes for K-street as well as Wall Street.
The first step in overhauling the mores and values of Wall Street is setting up a system of checks and balances that would make the framers of our constitution proud. All corporate entities that were on the receiving end of the bailouts should be subjected to unilateral fiscal and management audits conducted by reputable & independent firms. These audits would not only track every transaction, settlement, and agreement; it would disseminate where money went and to whom. The mantra of “trust but verify” would echo the halls of all federated entities that have parlayed public monies. However, it would be naive to think that pure unadulterated accountability would ever happen in our current capitalistic paradigm where it’s every man for himself; capitalism without a conscience; and profits before the people. As Lord Action once stated: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The next step towards reform is to bring government back to “We the People” … Not, We the Directorate. Both political parties have contorted and blended themselves into an amalgam of dishonesty and distrust that depend on the deep pockets of big business. Lobbyists have taken away the principle of “one person one vote” and have rigged and exploited the political process to the detriment of the Middle Class. In 2009, over 13,700 registered lobbyists spent well over 3.5 billion dollars to control and manipulate the legislative process. That comes out to 6.5 million dollars for each legislative member. I have learned from OWS that change comes from within, that democracy is not a spectator sport and that we all need to get into the game. I want to believe that we can create a fair and equatable capitalistic environment where everyone can be held to the same standard, no matter how much money they have. We have always taught our children to work hard, be honest, have integrity and they will succeed in life. That is no longer true. The people who succeed lie, cheat, and steal at any cost to advance in life. That’s why I am proud to be part of the 99%. Occupywallstreet.org
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