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BREAKING: Surprised to find on my FB inbox just now an Occupy Cairns (Australia) helper (I feel none of the people involved are actually tagging themselves as organizer) reaching out and expressing support.
We are the farmers and workers,
We are the OFW and small entrepreneurs,
We are the teachers and students,
We are the professionals and house-helpers,
We are the private and public employees,
We are the artists and self-employed,
We are the lower and middle classes,
We are the parents and children,
We are the people,
We are the impoverished, oppressed, and unheard,
We are the real Filipinos,
We are the 99%,
We are the real Juan dela Cruz!
Far as I understand it, the original protesters on Wall Street want to have their (99%) American Dream back from the greedy corporate (1%) who controls and benefits from their downfall.
They seek liberation from:
- The high interest on their huge student loans that they are unable to pay due to unemployment or underemployment;
- Foreclosure on default mortgage payments on their house
- Extension of welfare/medical coverage
- Unfair competition on trade brought about by outsourcing/global trade agreements
Serious stuff. Further magnified by social media sites such as Twitter
, where Occupy meetings are organized and published.
Then obviously the rest of the world not only just sympathized, they too have their own versions. Some even pointing out that though US is indeed in a lot of trouble right now, their worries are nothing (ah well that’s relative to the ones personally experiencing the situation, right?) compared to the famine in Africa, or even the local economy here in the Philippines
or the rest of the world.
Either way, I support these people who has sad stories to tell
. I wish there’s a wand that can send all their troubles away. Any geniuses out there who can figure out a cure, please come out NOW.
Occupy Wall Street: