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“We are the 99 Percent” Photo of the Day

This photo and story is not selected because this 29-year old woman’s story is one of the worst stories of suffering. She probably could have written “I am one of the lucky ones.” I have selected this because the ultimate conclusion she draws is reasonable: not selling your soul to the corporate state is likely to put you in debt.

I’m 29 years old. I went to a good state college and got lots of scholarships.

$30,000 in DEBT

I listened to my parents’ advice and followed the American Dream to a Top-5 law school. I got a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP but still had to pay for rent in NYC, books, non-tuition school expenses, health insurance.

$100,000 in DEBT

I got SICK and had to have surgery to remove a tumor. I had health insurance through work – but it didn’t cover everything.

$120,000 in DEBT

I chose to work as a lawyer for the PEOPLE and not for the CORPORATIONS.


I played by the rules and succeeded. Because I want to work to make the world a better place, I may never be able to buy a house, support children and pay off my debt.

This is not the future I want: I WANT CHANGE.

I AM the 99%

On the Tumblr site, she adds:

I followed the American Dream and feel like I got scammed.

I don’t want to tell my little sister to give up on her dreams, but I don’t want to see her chained down by student loans like me.

We need a new path forward and a new future. We need to make that future ourselves and make it now.

For more photos and stories of the 99 Percent, visit the “We are the 99 Percent” Tumblr.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."