"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do." - Steve Jobs
problem solver; techno-geeky political girl; observer of life or something like it; lover of laughing, music, the Houston Rockets, and all things Jackie Kennedy views expressed here are my own and are not necessarily those of anyone I may be working with or on behalf of...
I challenge any current politician to live on minimum wage and nothing else for one year then come back and tell us the minimum wage should be lowered. Shame on greed. We are the 99% and we’re fighting back.
I am 26 years old, uneducated but am employed in one of the nations stock markets as a clerk for a small broker. My family are well educated but struggle to make ends meet. After 26 years, my parents have been forced to live separately because of their jobs. My sister has a journalism degree from a prestigious college but can only find work as a “miller lite girl”. Im ashamed of what i have to do every day for money. I live in a small apartment, work full time, and take classes at a local community college. I borrow money from my family to pay for it, one class at a time. At this rate it will take 7 years. The people i work with all live very comfortable lives. They have no idea what life is like for the average middle class family. My boss makes my yearly salary in 10 days. When i first started working here there were opportunities for young men to make a career for themselves. At this point there is no future for us. I am ashamed that my job directly contributed to the global economic crisis. I am ashamed to tell people what i do for a living. There are protestors in front of my office building right now. I want nothing more than to go join them. Im afraid I would lose my job here if people knew how i really felt. If things keep going the way that they are, i will never be able to afford a house, a car, or a family. My grand parents had 4 children by the time they were my age. I can barely afford rent. I’m afraid to post a picture of my face for fear of being ostracized or terminated at my job.
" It’s not the arrests that convinced me that “Occupy Wall Street” was worth covering seriously. Nor was it their press strategy, which largely consisted of tweeting journalists to cover a small protest that couldn’t say what, exactly, it hoped to achieve. It was a Tumblr called, “We Are The 99 Percent,” and all it’s doing is posting grainy pictures of people holding handwritten signs telling their stories, one after the other…These are not rants against the system. They’re not anarchist manifestos. They’re not calls for a revolution. They’re small stories of people who played by the rules, did what they were told, and now have nothing to show for it. Or, worse, they have tens of thousands in debt to show for it. "