I am 35 years old. I have a BA and attended grad school
until I had to drop out for financial reasons. I made excellent
grades and played by all the rules that “good kids” are supposed
to play by to be successful.
I make about 35K and owe 50K in student loans for a Master’s
Degree I couldn’t finish.
I have never owned a home and probably never will. I rent
a room from a friend. The house is currently underwater and
I am afraid he will decide to walk away. I have never lived
I have never had a full time job. They have all been “part
time” jobs where I work 40+ hours a week, but they don’t
want to give me the higher level of benefits.
I hate my job, but I stay and work hard because I know I
am lucky to have it. I am one of the privileged few to still
have good benefits.
We are expected to do the work of 2 or 3 people and have
mandatory overtime every week because they don’t want to
hire any more people. I am exhausted all the time. My health
has declined due to the stress and I now have to take medications
to deal with it.
The company is making near record profits, and our department
is directly contributing to the company’s profitability.
These profits are not going back to us, they are going to
the 1%. Instead, our benefits are getting cut by about 10%
due to the “bad economy”.
I know I am one of the lucky ones, because I haven’t lost
I have an English degree that costs more to pay back than
a job as a writer pays. I am also a woman, so minus 25% of
What kind of a Nation charges more for education than the
salary of an occupation??
-I am the 99%
Tired and mad as hell. Sick of choosing between rent and
food. Too jaded to want children. Worked all my life for
those MUCH better off than me with no recognition and little
The american dream is, and has been, DEAD.
WE are the 99%.
I am a young medical professional who BARELY makes it paycheck-to-paycheck
because I have OVER $200,000.00 in student loan debt. I pay
almost $1,000 a month just in student loan repayment. I will
have to do so for the next 30-years. How will I ever afford
to buy a house, have children, or save for the future??
I just graduated from college. Straight A student. 3.9 G.P.A.
I can NOT find a job. I am working with a temp. contract
making less money than I used to make before graduating.
My husband is working for the both of us. My dad always told
me NEVER to depend on a man but what choice do I have?
I AM THE 99%
I still have a job but I’m holding my
breath. Four of the folks I work with will be laid off at
the end of this year. How long before I’m next? I’m 50 and
if I loose my job, research shows I’ll stay unemployed until
I die.My partner and I have two young children—one
with special needs.
We’ve slowly gone into debt over the
last ten years. Everything costs much more (we pay 3X more
for utilities and 2X more for groceries) and our combined
pay has remained the same over the last ten years. We’re
told the economy is tough and raises have been suspended.
Meanwhile, the Republicans at the top of the company where
I work have become blatantly wealthy.
We got rid of our second car because we
couldn’t afford the repairs. We live in a small house, don’t
eat out, or buy fancy clothes. We’re just average folks.
Me and my partner work hard and pay our taxes and try to
live within our means. But it isn’t enough anymore. Corporations
and Wall Street won’t be happy until they own 100 percent
of the wealth and we’re all living in the street.
of the 99%.
I am 18 years old. Working full time and in school full
time. money is tight at home so I am paying part of our rent
and other utilities. helping my single mother of 3 in anyway
possible. With little time for studying, I’ll be lucky to
~|~ I AM THE 99% ~|~
I'm a single parent who can’t afford to live on my own.
I travel and work 60hrs a week as a manager, and yet i still
make less than the cost of living. My mother died last year
because she couldn't afford the treatment she needed to
attempt to survive, and now my father is sick as well. I'm
worried that my daughter will have a worse life than the
hell we live in now. I have worked my life away for the last
14yrs and i can pack everything i own into the back of a
pickup truck because i sold everything else to pay bills.
I hope the 1% understand i will fight for a better country
for my daughter, so if it comes to that… I'm happy i can