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wearethe99percent:

I am 20 yrs old. I come from 3 generations of poverty. My family is made of teachers and farmers. MY grandparents hometown is a ghost town now. My mother has moved into a 27 ft trailer with no heat or running water. She is a single mother, with multiple untreated health problems, much like the rest of my friends and family. She is missing 1/2 of her teeth. She worked in the adult industry to put me through school. Eventually, with yrs of hard work, she took over a vintage clothing store - in 2007. When the economy crashed, she was forced to pay rent @ the store instead of our mortgage. We lost the house & the store.
Now I live on my own. I have no car, no license, no health insurance. I pay my rent by working Mon-Friday at an ice cream shop for $7.25/hr. I walk 2 miles to work every day. This leaves me no time for school, which I couldn’t afford anyways. I would apply for financial aid, but my mom does not have solid tax information because of her work history. So until I am 25, I will have to pay for education out of pocket. My pockets are empty.
If my govt would let my marry the woman I LOVE, I could claim my independence from my parents & file for aid. But this country views me as a 2nd class citizen. It does not “recognize” our love & commitment. 
My whole life, I have lived paycheck to paycheck. I know what it is like to sit at school & wonder if I would come home to lights & running water; more than once, these amenities were taken from us. I have prayed and prayed for a miracle. I am working off my mothers debt, who is trapped underneath her student loans and her parents debt.
I WANT TO STOP THE CYCLE. I WANT TO HELP MY FAMILY. I WANT TO HAVE HOPE!!!
These dreams slip further and further away every day.
I AM THE 99%. SO ARE YOU!
We are being sucked dry, and left for dead.
occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am 20 yrs old. I come from 3 generations of poverty. My family is made of teachers and farmers. MY grandparents hometown is a ghost town now. My mother has moved into a 27 ft trailer with no heat or running water. She is a single mother, with multiple untreated health problems, much like the rest of my friends and family. She is missing 1/2 of her teeth. She worked in the adult industry to put me through school. Eventually, with yrs of hard work, she took over a vintage clothing store - in 2007. When the economy crashed, she was forced to pay rent @ the store instead of our mortgage. We lost the house & the store.

Now I live on my own. I have no car, no license, no health insurance. I pay my rent by working Mon-Friday at an ice cream shop for $7.25/hr. I walk 2 miles to work every day. This leaves me no time for school, which I couldn’t afford anyways. I would apply for financial aid, but my mom does not have solid tax information because of her work history. So until I am 25, I will have to pay for education out of pocket. My pockets are empty.

If my govt would let my marry the woman I LOVE, I could claim my independence from my parents & file for aid. But this country views me as a 2nd class citizen. It does not “recognize” our love & commitment. 

My whole life, I have lived paycheck to paycheck. I know what it is like to sit at school & wonder if I would come home to lights & running water; more than once, these amenities were taken from us. I have prayed and prayed for a miracle. I am working off my mothers debt, who is trapped underneath her student loans and her parents debt.

I WANT TO STOP THE CYCLE. I WANT TO HELP MY FAMILY. I WANT TO HAVE HOPE!!!

These dreams slip further and further away every day.

I AM THE 99%. SO ARE YOU!

We are being sucked dry, and left for dead.

occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am 19 years old and married to a hard-working military man. I have NO job, despite dozens and dozens of applications, and have not started college. I am too scared to acquire that much debt and have no guarantee of getting a job in this dying economy. I’ve been thinking of enlisting to regain some sense of self-worth, but even the military has suffered. I fear for my future. I fear for my future children’s place in this world.
I am scared.
I am lost.
I am pissed.
I am the 99%.
Born in this world as it all falls apart. 
#occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am 19 years old and married to a hard-working military man. I have NO job, despite dozens and dozens of applications, and have not started college. I am too scared to acquire that much debt and have no guarantee of getting a job in this dying economy. I’ve been thinking of enlisting to regain some sense of self-worth, but even the military has suffered. I fear for my future. I fear for my future children’s place in this world.

I am scared.

I am lost.

I am pissed.

I am the 99%.

Born in this world as it all falls apart. 

#occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I am 19 years old. I graduated from high school with almost a straight A average. I was set to go to college to become a literature teacher. My dreams seemed so real at the time. After my mother found out about my religious beliefs I was forced to leave home. I started college in the fall of 2011 wile living with my cousins. I was working as a waitress making $2.14 an hour. The tips that I made were enough to get me back and forth to work in gas. Until my car gave out. I had to scrap it for money. My financial aid at the college ran into a snag that I still do not understand. No one would help me. I was told to “check my account online” that was all the advice they could give me. I had no way back and forth to college anymore. I am now living with  my cousins and my aunt with no car, not money, and no school. No one in the house has a job. My cousin has been denied disability after working as a welder for years. He can not even kneel to put his knees on the floor. We live off of food stamps and pawning any valuables that we have. But the valuables are running out. Food stamps can not [ay for Christmas dinner plus food for the rest of the days of the month. My family went 4 days without eating last month because we were determined to have an okay Christmas dinner. I have a job interview at McDonald’s on the 30th where I will be making min wage and getting paid every 2 weeks. My cousins will take me back and forth to work. $20 a day for me in gas. I will be the only one working in a house of 5. I owe the college $800.
I am the 99%….

wearethe99percent:

I am 19 years old. I graduated from high school with almost a straight A average. I was set to go to college to become a literature teacher. My dreams seemed so real at the time. After my mother found out about my religious beliefs I was forced to leave home. I started college in the fall of 2011 wile living with my cousins. I was working as a waitress making $2.14 an hour. The tips that I made were enough to get me back and forth to work in gas. Until my car gave out. I had to scrap it for money. My financial aid at the college ran into a snag that I still do not understand. No one would help me. I was told to “check my account online” that was all the advice they could give me. I had no way back and forth to college anymore. I am now living with  my cousins and my aunt with no car, not money, and no school. No one in the house has a job. My cousin has been denied disability after working as a welder for years. He can not even kneel to put his knees on the floor. We live off of food stamps and pawning any valuables that we have. But the valuables are running out. Food stamps can not [ay for Christmas dinner plus food for the rest of the days of the month. My family went 4 days without eating last month because we were determined to have an okay Christmas dinner. I have a job interview at McDonald’s on the 30th where I will be making min wage and getting paid every 2 weeks. My cousins will take me back and forth to work. $20 a day for me in gas. I will be the only one working in a house of 5. I owe the college $800.

I am the 99%….

wearethe99percent:

I am 20. I earned a culinary degree. I had to move back home with my parents. I have thousands in student loan debt. I make and have never made more than 9.50/hr. I vow never to have children, for i fear for their future because I fear for my own. I feel this life is almost not worth living….yet I live for change. I am the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

I am 20. I earned a culinary degree. I had to move back home with my parents. I have thousands in student loan debt. I make and have never made more than 9.50/hr. I vow never to have children, for i fear for their future because I fear for my own. I feel this life is almost not worth living….yet I live for change. I am the 99%.

wearethe99percent:

When I was 17, I was ejected from a car.
I suffered 3 brain hemorrhages and a broken spine.
Everyday I have severe mood swings and I feel out of touch.
I can’t find a job in my condition.
I support my family with food stamps,
and all my clothes are old and torn.
Doctors keep blowing me off.
I feel like my whole life is
A WASTE!
I am the 99 percent.
occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

When I was 17, I was ejected from a car.

I suffered 3 brain hemorrhages and a broken spine.

Everyday I have severe mood swings and I feel out of touch.

I can’t find a job in my condition.

I support my family with food stamps,

and all my clothes are old and torn.

Doctors keep blowing me off.

I feel like my whole life is

A WASTE!

I am the 99 percent.

occupywallst.org

wearethe99percent:

I want to get my M.S. in Counseling.  I am being forced to turn down acceptance into my dream school because I make $11/hr helping people who are poor (not just low-income like me), barely got an financial aid and simply cannot afford to go $100K in debt.  Instead, I hope to “only” take out $50K to go to a state school.  I have no savings because my paycheck just barely covers rent, health insurance, and groceries.  In that respect, I am one of the lucky ones.  I am the 99%. 

wearethe99percent:

I want to get my M.S. in Counseling.  I am being forced to turn down acceptance into my dream school because I make $11/hr helping people who are poor (not just low-income like me), barely got an financial aid and simply cannot afford to go $100K in debt.  Instead, I hope to “only” take out $50K to go to a state school.  I have no savings because my paycheck just barely covers rent, health insurance, and groceries.  In that respect, I am one of the lucky ones.  I am the 99%. 

wearethe99percent:

I’m a 57 yr. old Latina woman. 
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
I’m tired of unlivable wages.
I’m tired of being without healthcare.
I’m tired of not having a place of my own.
I’m sad and depressed.
It’s time for OUR voices to be heard!
I AM the 99%!

wearethe99percent:

I’m a 57 yr. old Latina woman. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

I’m tired of unlivable wages.

I’m tired of being without healthcare.

I’m tired of not having a place of my own.

I’m sad and depressed.

It’s time for OUR voices to be heard!

I AM the 99%!