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Why I Occupy

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We watched as American workers have been downsized, outsourced, laid off, medical bankrupted, and foreclosed upon.

We watched worker productivity and profits rise while incomes remained stagnant. We watched this once great nation put a man on the moon and now we are told that we cannot find a viable alternative energy source or a way to make green jobs viable.

We watched the Wall Street Titans, the Masters of the Universe, the 1% bring us to the brink of global financial ruin, then come hat in hand, begging for taxpayer help, before turning around to continue business and bonuses as usual. We have not seen one bankster go to jail, charged with a crime, or threatened with an investigation into possible criminal activity.

We hear "drill, baby, drill" but watch as oil washes upon our shores and entire communities & industries are wiped away. We watch as rain forests are felled, species go extinct, and radioactive material continues to seep into the Pacific Ocean.

They tell our young, if you want to get ahead, borrow money and go to college, but there is no guarantee of a job when you graduate.
We are told that we have the best health care in the world yet we have children, veterans and poor with no access to it. You want death panels? You got em! Every time a bureaucrat in a cubicle in Iowa denies treatment or diagnostic tests.

But most of all, we abhor the way money has polluted our political system preventing us from truly addressing the above grievances. We have awoken to the fact that both political parties have been bought and paid for by Big Business.

We are the young, the old, the workers and the jobless, homeowners and homeless, gay, straight, students, handicapped and able bodied, we are all faiths and we are Atheist. We are of all backgrounds and from many lands. We are men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We are your friends and neighbors, we are your family, we are the 99% and we will be heard!

Occupy Philly, pre-eviction-- a training on non-violent civil resistance  photo by rob kall

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