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I volunteer my time in positions I would ultimately like to get paid for. I take initiative in contacting employers I would like to work with. I follow up with a thank you after every single interview. And then I follow up again. I have three years of professional experience in addition to two years of internships in my field. I have just finished my fifth temporary position of 2011 and it makes me want to scream!! I am the 99% and I would like a full-time job at 35-40k with benefits.
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A single mom of ONE child. I make a grand total of SIX DOLLARS over the max for food stamps, or ANY kind of gov’t assistance. I have to choose between food and rent/electricity most weeks. I have a court order for my child’s father to pay $200/month. He refuses… BUT the gov’t saw fit to allow HIM food stamps, medical care, and housing assistance. He works under the table.
I have NO health insurance, yet I am in constant pain and require spinal surgery. THIS SUCKS!!
I pay 100% out of my own pocket for my child’s daycare so I can work. My student loan of $14,000+k is growing because I cannot afford to pay it. I keep having to request a forbearance… I am thankful for the job that I do have. However, I am employed through a staffing agency, and I do not get paid holidays when the office is closed. Imagine how bad I felt when I could not afford presents for my only child.
I am thankful for a volunteer, non-profit organization called VIM that can see to my most basic health issues at no cost to me, because I am a hard-working, middle-class american. I have to pay for my anxiety/depression medicine out of my pocket.
I am also thankful that at least my child has health insurance paid for by the state. Thank you, state.
If it weren’t for my child I would honestly not be here anymore…
…Because I see where this country is going. I have never voted because I know it will not make a difference. The gov’t and wallstreet will do whatever they want anyways.
The “American Dream” has wasted away into a NIGHTMARE. I would rather go to another country that cares for its people.
I know there are others much less fortunate than I, so I am truly thankful for what I do have.
This madness has GOT TO STOP.
If I didn’t have to work to provide food for my child, I would be occupying outside of wallstreet right now.
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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’ve been a medical transcriptionist since 1976. It’s a skilled profession, and it used to be a good, middle-class job. But now, due to offshoring of American jobs, profits in the healthcare industry continue to skyrocket, but people like me, who produce the medical records doctors depend on for quality health care, are seeing our pay continue to drop because they can get away with paying offshore workers so little. My pay is now at a pre-1978 level, which, adjusted for 2012, is below minimum wage. Sending American jobs offshore, especially when so many here are out of work or underemployed, is morally reprehensible, and should be stopped.
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my teeth are rotting and falling out piece by piece. a very painful thing to deal with every day. i would love to have a dentist look at them but its a choice of food or teeth and either way im gonna die so id rather have a full stomach i suppose
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I am 25 years old and have $34,000 in debt for my education at a public university, even though my struggling parents sold their home to help pay.
I am lucky to have a found a teaching job in a caring community, but I am working part time and don’t have health insurance. I would have no way to pay medical bills if anything serious were to happen.
When I had health insurance at my previous job, the premium was ten percent of my income. Another twenty three percent went to paying my student loans.
A friend and I got a family plan together to save on phone costs.
I rented a Zipcar to move houses and got in a minor accident. The deductible was $500, payable immediately (there was no option to pay in installments), so I found myself one month behind on student loans.
I buy used, I ride a bike, I pay in cash, and I’m just barely fine.
It will be another month until I become eligible to join a local credit union, but in the meantime Chase just started charging me a $10/month service fee. Really?
I am the 99 percent.
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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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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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Spring will come, and we will return. Happy Holidaze from Occupy Wall Street
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I am a 27 year old Iraq war veteran. I volunteered to go to Iraq because the mainstream media led me to believe the US was building schools and hospitals. Shortly after entering the military despite my extensive construction experience I was trained how to shoot to kill and blow up buildings using minimal amounts of explosives. Around my 7th month in Iraq I realized we were not building schools and hospitals but instead enforcing laws the general public were uninformed of. It was at this time I began to internally side with the iraqi people and ever since have been afraid to speak up for the people around the world the USA oppresses for the sake of cheap oil and profits for banks and department stores for fear of being branded a traitor and terrorist. I have attempted suicide out of shame for being a part of a world war/domination in which there is no end in sight. Due to my injuries I am on VA disability and continue to live in fear that if I speak my mind on all of the horrible things the American government does to people all over the world the government will take my disability pay since I am unfit to work. My story is like many other’s but I do not seek pity instead I beg all of you to turn your attention not only to student loans and foreclosed homes in the US but to all of the sweat shops and slaves to corporate America all over the world. To the 40 year old women whom haven’t seen their children for a year or more because they work 80+ hours a week for $2 a day. To all the people all over the world that die because they don’t have health care. To the farming industry putting patents on the seeds of life. To the people’s RIGHT to Healthcare and Education being free for everyone. To corporations denying funding to free energy and cancer curing because “there’s no money in it”. To the fact that Millions marched in New York in protest of the wars when they first began and nothing happened because they didn’t see that protest is only the first step of action.To all of the gay Americans that take their own lives or are brutally beaten by their peers because the American Government refuses to agree with majority of America over gay rights sending a message that gay is wrong. To The Patriot Act being one of the most inhuman laws in free society.To the fact that anytime there is a study on casualties of war the count is always “this many American troops” and “this many iraqis” but never “This many human beings” which only divides us human beings as a whole. To the fact that our declaration of independence is from british oppression and tyranny even though we stand with Britain in these wars. To acknowledgement that we will never be able to separate the banks from government until we write a declaration of independence from inhuman banking and business practices and a bill of rights guaranteeing free education and healthcare and a right to fair wage.
I fought for the US government in the name of freedom
Now I fight with the 99% for freedom
I am the 99%
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