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We Are the 99 Percent: “Occupy Wall Street” Stories #1

We Are the 99 Percent: “Occupy Wall Street” Stories #1


Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street participants and sympathizers have answered the invitation to post their stories on We Are the 99 Percent.  Care2 could not locate anyone from whom to get permission to repost these compelling stories from our fellow Americans.  If they ask us to stop, we will, but we think they’re important and we think you will too.


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12:13PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Here is one of my contributions to the movement.... so far. Pass it along.

Worth watching... subscribe if you like it.

11:15AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

The world is a more scarier place lately.

1:20PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

This tumblr scares me.

I fear this will happen here in Europe too, since there seems to be no way Greece can't go bankrupt. We will be paying their debts, and in my country our salaries and retirement benefits are way, way lower than those of Greece. Our closest neighbouring country has minimum salary considerably higher than our average. We, the people already suffered serious cuts to meet the criteria of getting the Euro (the politicians had their salaries raised). Now we shall suffer more because we have it.

I want to believe that my future degree in computer sciences will be of use and I will have a decent income. I still am afraid and I haven't been screwed over yet.

6:18AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thanks Mike for the clarification!

6:17AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thanks Mike for the clarification.

8:17PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

the 7500 was stated by dave ramsey last week, I think it assumes community college for 2 years

6:00PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Mike C said: "THE AVERAGE STATE COLLEGE COSTS $7,500 PLUS BOOKS"...when, back in the early 1970's?!?

9:05AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

I'm afraid that we have become a very cruel nation. Unfortunately, the media support this world view because it makes money for their owners and keeps them in power. The "divide and conquer" strategy has been used for centuries and it seems it is still alive and well. Mike's comment overlooks the fact that conditions are quite different now than when he was young. We late 60s folks had opportunities for education and jobs that simply are not available now. The idea of Ayn Rand and others that we should not care for others less fortunate and that selfishness is a virtue is not beneficial. (BTW, Ayn Rand, who railed against compassion, was herself on Social Security and Medicare at the end of her life.)

6:56AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

cut off again.....I know people with masters degrees and PHD's waiting tables to pay rent.

I do agree that blaming others might not be the answer, but when citizens are frustrated, hungry, homeless, sick, uninsured, unemployed, just out of options, they will do whatever it takes to draw attention to the plight of so many.

It's time our lawmakers stopped screwing around with their religious ideals or sexual business and got on with the business of running the country. Doing what we pay them to do. Start on a path of fixing what is so wrong with our economy....not Rocket Science, just do their damn jobs .......

6:53AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

I see a lot of posts about people taking responsibility and "choosing" incorrectly or poorly... I read some of the stories at the "I am the 99%" site and it is very disturbing.

While we cannot possibly know all the circumstances of each and every story, the fact that there were 60 pages of stories at the time I read them was very telling. The condition of our economy is such that there are generations of struggling people, working hard to at least provide food and a roof for themselves and their families....say nothing about medical care or insurance or cars or any of the "luxuries" others have. To have a child who has an already-diagnosed illness and will require medical aid for all it's life is hard enough when one is secure and insured, how terrifying for a young woman alone and broke, without insurance or support?

How can we judge these people and condemn them for "not taking responsibility" when I see where most have been trying...most have educations but cant find work, maybe if they lived in a third-world country they could benefit from the jobs being sent overseas??
Damn Shame when your best shot at a good job is to live in another country!!!

As for the argument that student debt shouldnt exist because state universities aren't that expensive, well not everyone can go to a state university, that would be absurd with overcrowding....A good education costs a lot of money.....this should ensure a good life but not any more...I know people with Master's

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