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I got my first job mowing lawns when I was 13. I went to work for the Federal government, laying fences, when I was 15. At 17, I left home and put myself through college and law school, without my parents’ help. Yes, I had student loans, and yes, I paid them.
I lost my job in 2009. Despite hundreds of phone calls, resumes, and a few interviews, it seems I am now “overqualified,” at age 50, to be employed. I am coming to grip with the fact that I will never earn what I took for granted, just a few years ago.
I have run through my savings, my investments, and my retirement accounts. I lost my house. My wife left me a year ago, and cancelled my health insurance. My heart medications, insulin, and related supplies, not to mention ADD meds for my teenager, total $3500 a month. I don’t have $3500 to spend on meds, so I take a daily aspirin, and my kid is suffering in school. I’m waiting on the word that I have renal failure. A vial of insulin, that used to cost $15 a few years ago, now costs $80. Big pharma is gouging.
Now, I am facing eviction. My two children have never seen daddy without money. I am facing the grim fact that my life insurance policy and social security death benefits may provide my kids better financial security than I can. Like George Bailey, I am “worth more dead than alive.” I AM THE 99%
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My partner has no health insurance, and they keep cutting hours at his supposedly full time job. I have health insurance because my mom would lose hers if she took me off it.
I am going back to nursing school full time to get a job that was supposed to be stable and in demand, but no one is hiring anymore.
We want to get married, but we keep trying and failing to get on our financial feet. I’m not sure that will ever happen.
I am afraid of my sick father-in-law dying. His family would have nowhere to go but us or the streets, but how could we support his disabled mom, disabled brother, and kid sister when we can barely make ends meet in our one room studio apartment?
Recently, someone told me they got a 20,000 dollar raise. I laughed because it would be too painful to cry. Most of my friends are unemployed. The most my partner and I have ever made combined was 24,000 USD. That was a great year.
We are the 99%. Occupywallst.org Occupyberkeley.org
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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 22 years old. i am currently in college and have a $60,000 debt in student loans so far. i took out a $20,000 in private loans to help my parents with the bills and mortgage that is sucking us dry. we are possibly on the preforeclosure list. My mom works two jobs and she is sick. my dad is retired with no pension. I am 22 years old i have been applying jobs since i was 18 years old including McDonald. after several interviews, hundreds of applications i still don’t have a job. i cry every night because i want to help my family out.
I AM THE 99%
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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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i am an art student in debt.
trying to prove i can make it
trying to survive on nothing
trying to help my parents who work to much for too little.
Parents that immigrated for the American dream,
but what American Dream?
All i see are greedy CEO’s and Politicians.
I REFUSE TO BACK DOWN!
I AM THE 99%!
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