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I got part of a programming degree before the bottom fell out of the tech industry and all of an AS in electrical design that cost me $60k in debt.
I got laid off 4 months ago. Because I refused to work 60+ hour weeks, I can’t get my old managers to call me back. As a 5-year industry veteran with no industry references, I can’t get hiring managers to call me back.
I’ve gone bankrupt to escape credit cards, but student loans are for life.
I have an ER bill I can’t pay, an untreated skin condition I can’t see anyone about, wisdom teeth coming in sideways I can’t get corrected, and asthma I treat with coffee to save the inhaler for emergencies.
I live on unemployment in two spare bedrooms in my mother’s double-wide.
I’m wiring books in the hopes of one day living on a skill I possess again.
And, if I’m very lucky I’ll be able to get a job in the fall working on a janitor crew a friend manages.
I AM THE 99%
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I know I’m just a kid, but I have no future, and it freaks me out. I’m sorry if it looks like I’m just spoiled and petulant.
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This is the sign I made today, and plan to stand at a busy corner in the rain. I do not live in Oregon, or Washington state. I am disabled, my husband lost his job due to illnesses which include Stiff Person Syndrome, scaring on his brain (could be MS) hypothyroid, sick sinus syndrome (requiring a pacemaker at 37), and now something showing up on his liver.
We believed that it would only be a short time before he would be better and be able to get back to work. That was two years ago. His unemployment benefits have run out, and now with all his diagnosis we are able to finally pursue disability for him. My SSDI and child support come to a monthly total of $2346.00 monthly. Our rent - we can’t afford to buy - is $1150.00 a month. We are currently $195.00 overdrawn, and the overdraft protection has been turned off by the bank. We have no more gas in our car. I will get the last half of child support next week; coincidentally that is exactly $195.00. The next SSDI check won’t be here until June 1st.
We have not paid our utilities, or car payment in two months. We have a six month old who needs diapers. He was our 1% miracle - as in birth control is only 99% effective. Go figure. If my husband’s disability is not approved soon we will be homeless by July. Because our situation is dire now, we have written letters through his SSDI attorney for compassionate allowances. However, once we are homeless our situation is no longer considered “dire”.
We will survive this. Our marriage will survive this. But, I am putting my country on notice. I will not accept this any longer, I will not back down, I will not forgive, and I will not forget. I will fight for change, I will fight this oppression. My family is the 99%, and I am PISSED OFF!!!
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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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