I Am the 99%

I’m sure that every person looks around at some point in life and wonders at all the changes in the world. Change is something that’s always happening, whether we want it or not; whether we recognize it or not. Lately, though, it seems like the world is heading toward something huge. A change is in the works right now, and it’s going to affect us all.

Maybe we can’t say whether it will be good or bad just yet -but the path to it is already becoming tumultuous. Steve Jobs passed away last night (#ripstevejobs), and my twitter feed erupted. My facebook wall was awash with people’s thoughts, opinions and messages of consolation to the Apple family and the Jobs family alike. Google+ chugged along, like always, a little bit slower in the same general direction.

Despite curiously inconsistent media coverage, the #OccupyWallStreet movement is growing in steam and participation, popping up smaller response protests in cities and towns all over America (including my own) and the progressive media are picking it up finally. CNN is nosing around, while Fox begins (continues?) the smear campaign against the working class citizens who populate the movement.

I have heard and seen the words “Civil War” uttered and typed several times in the last month or so. As a parent to two young children, this both disturbs and encourages me for the future. My oldest child was incubating (first trimester) when those planes struck the World Trade Center on 9-11 and I will never forget the simmering panic I felt that day. What would the world look like when my child turned 10 years old? Or 20? Next year seems to have been laid out by ancient history (Mayan history, anyway) as the end of one world and the beginning of something else.

Will we be here to see it? Can a change as dramatic as what the 99% seek ever happen peacefully? I truly hope it can… but either way I know this world has seen it’s share of beautiful compassion and experienced the cover-up of it’s equal but opposite all too often.

The 99% isn’t political. It’s not a democratic platform or a republican one. It doesn’t subscribe to a racial or a religious preference. It’s not even class warfare, really. If you aren’t on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America, you are PART OF IT.

YOU are the 99% and SO AM I. We struggle to make ends meet on $8 or $10 or $15 per hour. We sacrifice our time and our own dreams just so that our kids aren’t going to bed hungry. We roll up our sleeves and tighten our belts and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps so that billionaires don’t have to go without their established quality of life.

It is wrong. We aren’t going to continue living our lives for someone else’s profit. NOW is the time to make this right, and if this is the vehicle for changing things -then I will hug my babies close with one hand, and hold out the other to anyone else who’s willing to fight for justice in this world.

Opportunity isn’t going to beat a path to your door. When it is denied and hoarded away by a few -the rest of us must go out and make it for ourselves. This is our opportunity to be heard and make change. THIS is #OccupyWallStreet.

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