I am a 17 year old freshman in community college.
I am scared of college because I am scared of being trapped in student loans with no escape, or despite having a degree being unable to find a job. I’m scared of even getting a degree in what I love, because it won’t be “useful”.
All this in a country that says everyone has a right to education.
BUSINESS should not be synonymous with GOVERNMENT.
POLITICIANS should represent PEOPLE, not their stock folio.
I should not be afraid that COLLEGE will bankrupt my FAMILY.
A job should not be the difference between paying for DIALYSIS or suffering KIDNEY FAILURE.
We should not be the 99%.
But we are.
I barely make 10K a yr now raising 3 kids and a wife TY for letting me make the American Dream for some lowlife banker AKA organized crime.
This hangs PROUDLY in front of my house! This isn’t me complaining about my life (I love my life) it is simply the facts of our lives. I am doing this to support a movement of protesting for the economic injustice in this country, the capitalism that has destroyed our economy, the injustice to our poor, widowed, orphaned, and veterans, and how the non-rich are being exploited to make the rich RICHER.
My husband lost his job in Dec 2009. Our son was born in April 2009, and spent weeks in the NICU, leaving us with thousands owed in medical bills.
Moved 2,000 miles from Portland to Iowa so he could work for 1/3 of his previous pay.
Found a new job but his increase in salary barely covers the insurance costs & fuel for him to drive 35 minutes one way. Can’t move closer because we cant pass a credit check.
Lost a custody battle because of our move, and now two of my daughters live 2,000 miles away, and we’ve only seen them 6 weeks in two years.
Can’t move back because of those medical bills…. Can’t afford bankruptcy… Can’t afford the co-pay for my antidepressants or counseling for severe depression.
Oh, and we have $28 in the bank to make it til Friday for groceries and gas.
It’s time that corporations began living like the people they supposedly are.
I AM THE 99%.
My husband works 40+hrs a week. I work PT, and go to school. We have 3 children. Our oldest has multiple disabilities. Our BCBS insurance has a $2,500 deduct. We can’t afford to take our kids to the dr, unless it’s an EMERGENCY. My mother (A nurse for over 30 years) has recently been laid off. Unable to find a job, she will have to move in with us. We can barely pay our bills. We haven’t been able to even turn the heat on due to the high energy costs. We don’t qualify for ANY gov’t assit. We are hard working, middle class Americans. We are fearful that we won’t be able to have many presents under the tree this year for our children… what are we going to do??? WE ARE THE 99%.