October 19, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

If you've been following the news or live in any of the 800 cities across our nation where these demonstrations are taking place, you may be familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

This is an excerpt from a post on The Curvy Girl Guide that I wanted to share:

Whether you agree with the movement or not, it is hard to deny that over the last few years a small percentage have profited while the majority of Americans have found it harder and harder to make ends meet. A recently organized blog called We Are the 99%, a nod to a study that showed the top 1% of Americans control 40% of our nation’s wealth, has put a face on some of the issues Occupy Wall Street was organized to protest. These aren’t people complaining that they can’t afford an annual vacation or an upgrade to the latest smart phone as some critics and media outlets would have you believe. These are people bankrupted by illness, people working multiple minimum wage jobs that remain impoverished, average citizens that, despite working hard all their lives, have little chance of retirement.

This is something that affects all of us. Well, 99% of us anyway. This movement is trying to give a voice to the "powerless" workers who have been laid of, kept from raises, been asked to contribute more toward their benefits, etc. in the name of a spiraling economy while they have to watch the CEOs rake in millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars each year. Alone, there's not much that can be done. You can read more of this great post here.

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