“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 WILL NEVER be OUT of DEBT.
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.