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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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I live in Central Wisconsin. Last week, within two days of each other, two of our larger employers in the area announced they each would be closing in 90 days - one is one of the paper mills that I work with. I am safe for now, but with the loss of 500 employees, I fear that I will be “downsized” also.
I am barely getting by and living paycheck to paycheck. I work for a bully who can now hold over our heads the threat of being downsized. I refuse to kiss ass like my coworkers … I prefer to tell the emperor she has no clothes.
I am disillusioned by politics - the people we elece don’t care about the people who elected them. They only care about toeing the party line. I’m convinced that the “political” solution is to allow the middle class to die away - that way it won’t matter if they don’t care about their constituents.. . there won’t be any. We have elected people who can’t agree on how to say “good morning” and we’re “allowing” them to run the country??
On behalf of my friends at my current employer and at my previous employer (both of the companies that are closing):
Despite the best efforts it still feels like we have no voice. Tell me … how do we find hope in times like these?
We are the 99%
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Hello. My name is M.
I am a freshman in college. My dream is to go to law school… But I don’t think that is going to happen. You see, I don’t even know how I’m going to pay for my undergraduate degree… Let alone for law school.
I had it all planned out in high school. I had a 4.0 GPA. I was in the NHS. I was very active in extracurriculars. I was a GOOD STUDENT. Not only that, I was a GOOD PERSON – a GOOD DAUGHTER.
I never got into trouble – I never did anything to disappoint my parents. In return they promised to help with college. When I lived at home I had a very good life. I never worried about where I was going to sleep or where to get my next meal.
Until I told my parents I was gay.
They kicked me out.
They emptied my bank account.
I left for college with $300 I had saved.
I don’t know how I’m going to ever pay off my school loans.
Don’t even get me started on medical bills. (The stress of being kicked out put me in the hospital where doctors found tumors in my liver and right kidney – nothing has been done.)
I keep applying for jobs – But I. Can’t. Find. One.
BUT I still consider myself lucky. I have to opportunity to get an education – many do not.
I am the 99%.