I am part of the 99%, my parents are also the 99%. I lost my previous job back in April 2011 and am still unemployed, my parents can barely support me with the retirement money they have and can barely support my two brothers.
I cannot afford high quality private healthcare, I am currently on Medicaid and Social Security which does not support me fully, I attempted to go to college but was forced to drop out due to lack of money and I ended up with a $20,000 loan debt which took me 5 years to pay back and this was community college.
I want free high-quality education, I believe EVERYONE should be able to obtain a Johns Hopkins, Yale, Rutgers, Harvard-level education for free or low-cost, it’s NOT fair that only the 1% can afford to go to Hopkins, Yale, Rutgers, Harvard and the rest of the Ivy league colleges and universities.
I don’t think it’s fair that the 1% can afford quality housing and healthcare.
I don’t think it’s fair that our representatives in the House and Senate can get the BEST healthcare out of all the private and public healthcare that’s currently available, they can obtain experimental treatments AT NO COST while all, if not most, private insurances won’t even cover the cost of experimental treatments and they are covered with this extremely high-quality healthcare when they retire and it’s also available to their families.
I’m 25 now and currently involved with the Occupy Baltimore movement and the sign I’m holding in my picture was a sign I used while protesting with Occupy Baltimore before we got evicted from McKeldin Square. I strongly believe in removing ALL inequalities within society, economics and politics. I am extremely fed up with how our country is run and how shitty the so-called “American Dream” has become. I think if our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves seeing how fucked up our nation has become since the founding of the U.S. and how religion has become a huge part of politics.
Baltimore is one of the cities that have extreme poverty in many areas and 1%ers living in other areas, in fact, where I live in Baltimore City, on just ONE street, EVERY socioeconomic class is ON THIS SINGLE STREET, poor, middle class, upper-middle class and the rich and wealthy lives on or within the vicinity of this single street!!!!!! It’s very sad.