Ive pushed this Operation and others like it because I so believe in them. I daily read the stories posted on here about what this revolution, Occupy Wall Street, means to so many, on so many different levels. Most times, I will not lie, it brings me to tears. I will tell you why, and why it is so important for the many different generations, races, religions to be one voice right now.
11 years ago I bought my home, it was a steal, never in a million years could we have ever afforded a house so big, with such a big yard, in the area we live, owners sold it to us for what it was valued at by the town. My credit was not good, and still i got this loan, with closing costs it came out over what I was approved for, and still I got the house. I was stupid and sheepish at the time and never questioned anything, because I had a home. 7 years later, my mortgage had been sold 2 times and I was in foreclosure, literally a week away from a sale date on my home. I planned my suicide. The burdons of financially being in debt had gotten me to the point I was willing to take my own life. I had it planned out, what I would do, how I would do it, and notes I would leave.
That day in the mail I got a letter saying they had canceled the sale, and even the people trying to help re-modify my loan at the time had no idea where it came from, but it was legal and it was so. I came up with the 750 I needed for a total of 7k to re-modify. 11 years later I am there again, modification only helps to stop the obvious from happening then.
Last year I had my electric turned off for 4 months during winter, I had a nice neighbor who helped with an extension cord. Im ok on gas, water, electric im still piled high into and just hope once again I can make it to where they dont shut you off for winter, and try to pay off most of it during the winter months.
When OWS started, and grew, I watched online, the video, the pictures, the emotion, the fight. And I cried in front of my children. They asked why I got so upset, and i said simply, “Im not a lone” Its so overwhelming to see the fight going on world wide now, it fills me with such hope that things will change. No, not overnight, but they will.
I would also like to note, I have a degree, I have to work 2 jobs all the time, usually pick up freelance work for extra and usually need to see a local food pantry once a month. I never thought my life would come to this. EVER.
Occupy Wall Street for me is hope, for the future and for my children, and knowing I am not a lone in this plight.