Since the year of my birth the working class has gotten NOTHING while the wealthiest 1% have taken EVERYTHING.
And this graph stops at 2007, right before the biggest crash since the Great Depression. I can only imagine how much worse things look from a statistical view since then when it comes to graphing income inequality.
When people ask "What are demands of #OccupyWallStreet?" I'd like to point to this graph and let them try to figure it out for themselves. It is not that hard to see why anti-corporate greed protesters are out in the streets fighting to be heard. In fact, it's pretty obvious.
In short, the income inequality is too damn high.
The longer version is going to require an honest conversation, so idiots shrieking about Nazi's and antisemitism who would rather hijack our adult conversation need not apply. (I will let Barney Frank answer this one for me . . . )
I just thought I'd post this factual graph to help further the conversation. The figures never lie, but liars will always try to figure.
Discuss . . .
My apologies for those in Boston I was hoping to see today, I had to push back my trip because of the weather until tomorrow. I hope to see as many people there as I can.
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1. Get this message out there. Get the word out about these protests of Wall Street's greed to everyone you know. Raise awareness, even if it is via word of mouth, every little bit helps.
2. Use the twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and follow us on facebook and twitter accounts related to the ongoing protests. Help put this video on your facebook pageand any other social media that you use. Make it viral.
3. Make a donation to WeAreTheOther99%'s media fund. They need funding to stay active, and without huge corporate interests backing us up like the Teabaggers have, the only way this works is with your small donations.
5. To send care packages to Liberty Square, go to OccupyWallSt.org for more information. WE NEED WATER.
Info from http://occupywallst.org/
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038
Money orders only please, cannot cash checks yet. Non-perishable goods only. We can accept packages of any size. We're currently low on food and water.
6. Find out if there will be an #Occupation event in your neighborhood and participate and contribute there if you can't come to NYC.
7. Be a better person to your brothers and sisters around you.
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