Who Are the 99 Percent? Story #18

When I was laid off, I was assured it was due to the Wall Street-created recession, not due to my performance. Now, I struggle to pay my student loans and health insurance, while the criminal bankers and traders who ruined our lives are busy laughing and collecting their bonuses.

I was valedictorian.

I have a law degree from a top-tier school.

I have a pre-existing health condition.

I have $150,000+ in student loans.

I HAD a great job that I lost due to Wall Streetís greed and the resulting financial collapse.

I will soon lose my house.

I can barely afford my medications.

There will be no hope for American unless we drastically reform Wall Street and jail those responsible.

I am the 99%.

Occupy Wall Street.

No justice, no peace.† Keep fighting, 99%.


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Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith6 years ago

Please stay strong, and I hope that things look up for you very soon.

Cassie Marcks
Cassie Marcks6 years ago

thanky uo for sharing good luck, hope it turns around for you even a lil bit

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story.

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

The 1% has stated that they have been wrongfully targeted and they have announced that they will begin a campaign against those traitors to capitalism, those greedy 99% activists.

The 1% have vowed to occupy a Hilton Hotel in every major city in the US, they have further vowed that they will not be removed, no matter how much it cost YOU, the American people.

Carole H.
Carole H6 years ago

thanks for your story hope things get better for you.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Adam K.
Douglas K6 years ago

check out this movie Forks Over Knives and tell me if the FDA isn't a bunch of malicious mass murderers of the American people in typical biowarfare fashion, creating a tremendous drain on economic resources and manpower resources caring for the sick they have made ill with their food pyramid guide. and this happens on the US Attorney's watch and the Supreme Court's watch, yet another malicious scheme to kill off all Americans Trail of Tears style in addition to other schemes like coerced false confessions and coerced false witness.

Adam K.
Douglas K6 years ago

these so-called 99%ers never did show up at the polls to vote for the Greens or any other socialist party, not even the Libertarians. you'd have to go to a small town in Northern California, Ukiah or Crescent City or one of those other towns maybe Arcata(I don't recall which one) to find a Green party majority on the city council. and now they want to occupy places where neonazis lawfully demonstrate, and for a thousand years! it is a puzzlement. why all of europe has been dominated by socialism for a hundred years! the rich Scandinavian welfare states are socialist and boast the highest standard of living in the world for decades now! India has never not been socialist. all of china and most of indochina is socialist. cuba, venezuela, bolivia, all socialist. but here in u.s. one little town in northern california(not Berkeley) has barely a majority of socialists sitting on their city council. I am surprised that West Hollywood doesn't adopt Fabian socialism as an irrevocable and permanent part of their city charter. and you want something done about the social ill from the government, from the Democrats, why what fools. I chuckle at the imbecility of those who are as gods but never act like it.

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

Best of luck to you.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn6 years ago

Best wishes to the author of every OWS story and all the others participating in the now world-wide protest. You are inspiring and courageous. Your bravery in speaking out is an indictment on those who are too ignorant, selfish or timid to do so. Unfortunately Obama is stymied at every turn and the political system in the US is stuffed. The French and American Revolutions occurred because the people were sick and tired of the oppression they suffered (read "greedy" for "aristocracy" or ruling class. What happened to the "American Dream"?