Who Are the 99 Percent? Occupy Wall St. Stories #4


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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Parker E.
Parker E.6 years ago

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


Worth watching... subscribe if you like it.


Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue to spread across the US, and continue on, to become America's "Arab Spring." Our American Autumn.

We are well past our time for renewal, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "change is our right, our responsibility."

People, lets take America back from the 1%, they are trading on your future. These people are traitors to the true American way. Let us see heads roll.

The question is, since the 1% didn't respect the 99% yesterday, what efforts will be needed for us to call upon. Can we get there with non-violence, god knows the 1% doesn't respect Non-violence, not in a violent world of their own making.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
" Thomas Jefferson

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Great comments. Thank you all.

John B.
John B6 years ago

Good for you keep posting these!

Any and all promotion of the existing conditions in the US and that people are not willing to stand for it any more is going to be very healthy for the country in the long run.

There is going to be more of a socialist swing in the country but it has been created by that 1% hoarding all that they can and telling those who created their wealth to bend over and take it.
It is the very few who protest anyone getting rich off some great idea or plan of action. Usually the person has worked long and hard to accomplish this feat. However, when no one else around them is getting rich then one has to take a closer look at the person. If one is continually taking in and never creating anything to go out then they will create a reservoir so huge that it will eventually burst.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Does anyone have any idea of where to look to see where the protests are in your local city?

Bonnie B.
Bonnie B6 years ago

I am a 99%er. In various protests with MoveOn and #OSW I have met many people who have followed the script, done all the right things, lived the Dream... and now have lost most or all of it, who have gone from looking forward to a secure retirement to wondering how they are going to pay their rent and eat. Many, like me have a Masters degree and can't get a job, many are young and can see that their expensive education will only put them deeply in debt with little prospect of a good job, if they can even get the classes they need to graduate, so many professors have been laid off. So if you don't think it can happen to you.... thank again! In San Diego people are living in their Mercedes Benz' (can't sell it, no one to buy it and no bank would give them a loan for a new "home") and getting food stamps. In June alone there were 5 family murder/suicides, many of these this year have ended with dad torching the foreclosed home. In 1939, bankers leapt from buildings, this time they got bailed out (we got sold out) and it is the people they screwed that are dying.

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y6 years ago

There are enough books, information, forums and media incl. Gov press or messages, not forget your reps in Washington for us to understand how we got here, what is the next, who is the 99%, who is 1%? I believe 99% simply does not mean one version of agenda. There are some fundamental issues but many on details and operations who has no knowledge to get understood. High level ideas are not helping the nations but "easily" to be manipulated by the money or power. One of the sad examples is the globalization. I believe there are many aspects and direct or side-effects that most people have no idea about the globalization and impacts to this nation. The current “Wall Street occupation” has many good aspects but certainly it could turn into bad if there is no direction or into very political. The real middle class itself has many definitions, they just not the same as left or right defined. I am not expecting the majority have the understanding on how the implement “new real” into the practical world. There will be no leadership in this country for a while.

Toby S.
Past Member 6 years ago

@JW H. , I understand that your past (your station in life) needing what most persons here are concerned with. One issue you may not be prepared for is massive inflation. Study this..each time (in US history) there is a buildup of debt (pubic and private), it is followed by inflation. The amount of inflation is nearly directly comparable to the level of debt. At this time we are building the debt to record levels, in comparison to our earing ability. Also there is a growing discord between the GDP and personal income...making the down-side much more concentrated on the individual (the 99%).

Right now the FED is holding interest down while the debt grows. We are seeing low interest for now, but few "qualify". Cuts AND increases in revenue will not stop the debt growth in any meaningful way, but they do kick the can down the road a little further.

I clearly remember having a mortgage at 16.9%. Do you remember those days? Remember inflation, how it made ones debt look small because the "value" of ones house was growing so fast. We later called the result a "bubble", since it went on so long, untill the bank reserve requirements were at only 3% of their loans. (Stimulus raised many to 10% or so, but many cannot "qualify" for loans now, especially entrepreneurs who take risk to make jobs).

So now that your income is "fixed" how do you think you will fare with 15% inflation when a new car costs $50k for the subcompact model or $200k for a low end Mercedes.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

I guess it was a joke, hard to tell....

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Ana G Thanks for personal attack, you are a very small person. You must have taken my comment personally.