Adopt a 1%er Pen Pal and help OccupyTheBoardRoom

Wall Street has crashed our economy and they and their 1% allies and cronies have left the 99% with the bill. Despite the growing voice of people standing up and fighting back, they still think they can ignore us. But no longer. We're setting up pen pals with the 1% so they can hear exactly what we think about how their greed has triumphed over our need. Write your message to the 1% and we'll send it to Wall Street bankers and post it to a public blog.

It's our moment. Seize it! 

  • Big Lie
    commented 2012-04-14 13:36:01 -0700
    You are promoting communism…’re using class warfare to get there. Study history morons!!!!! Talk to someone from Poland, Russia or Cuba….they will tell 99%’ers you are wrong.
    commented 2012-03-14 06:35:37 -0700
  • Ursula Casanova
    commented 2012-02-23 16:35:34 -0700
    Our family was fortunate. None of our children were directly affected. None the less we’re all paying the price if a depressed economy that has diminished our resources. Many of our friends have not been as lucky. They have lost their homes an their employment. In the meantime you continue to hoard and feast on your stolen funds.
  • Dia SmithRedman
    commented 2011-11-10 08:18:23 -0700
  • Mike Clipka
    commented 2011-10-26 17:37:05 -0700
    I consider the lack of action by Wall Street bankers & many politicians to be both UN-American not to mention the fact that many of them have violated the Constitution. Part of it say we have the "right to pursue “happiness”, and that is an overlooked part many have not payed attention to. Can we all consider the actions of Wall Street bankers & politicians treasonous? I do!
  • Gloria Howard
    commented 2011-10-22 08:27:41 -0700
  • Rita Butler
    commented 2011-10-20 21:17:23 -0700
    One of the major teachings found in all the great religions is to care for others as much as our selves, to do no harm and to share generously. What joy could be greater than this? You do great harm when you take the jobs and homes of others but the greatest harm is to your own humanity.
  • Jon Anderholm
    commented 2011-10-19 12:53:26 -0700
  • William Davis
    commented 2011-10-19 08:31:37 -0700
    At some point this month there will be 7 billion people on earth, 3 billion of whom live on $2.50/day or less. Anyone who is not completely heartless would agree that wealthy people are criminals against humanity. The world needs a giant potlatch in which the wealthy are relieved of their criminal wealth so that the wealth can be distributed to relieve suffering. The world can no longer afford rich people!
  • Donald  Smith
    commented 2011-10-18 08:42:08 -0700
  • D  D Redman
    commented 2011-10-18 08:41:19 -0700
  • Dia SmithRedman
    commented 2011-10-18 08:40:41 -0700
  • Dd Smith
    commented 2011-10-18 08:39:40 -0700
  • Michael Esterowitz
    commented 2011-10-18 04:29:42 -0700
    The economic catastrophe was not a freak event, like a natural disaster. It was a man-made event, caused by policies pushed by Wall Street and the super-rich: stripping of regulations on our financial institutions; creation of ever more complex derivatives and other “financial instruments,” which were built on houses of sand; banks, instead of acting in their traditional conservative role of using people’s savings to provide loans to individuals and small businesses, acting like compulsive gamblers in order to maximize their profits at the cost of high risk; obscenely high and unjustified pay scales and tax policies favoring the wealthiest causing the grossly inequitable distribution of wealth in our country today. Wall Street, despite its self-serving claims that it is the engine of our economy providing investment in our job-creating industries, is really primarily just a casino that is rigged in favor of the house and its allies. After the melt-down occurred not only did nobody go to jail, nobody even apologized for their irresponsibility. All we hear are whining complains of being falsely accused, and a return to business as usual: ridiculously high bonuses, lobbyists fighting against regulation, and an immoral sense of entitlement. The only change is that it is harder to get a mortgage or small business loan— the normal role of banks. Even Goldman Sachs, when confronted with the obvious double-dealing of creating and marketing derivatives that were rigged to fail, would admit no wrong-doing (calling the duped investors “sophisticated,” as if that justified their own despicable actions) and begrudgingly paid a fine. As was once said at another time of great wrongdoing and inequity: at long last, sir, have you no shame?
  • Jill Macfarlane
    commented 2011-10-17 19:48:07 -0700
    We got ‘rid’ of the monarchy once in this country.

    We need to get ‘rid’ of the ‘rich players’ that the middle class is paying for right now.

    Those who ‘steal’ $ (by ‘accepting’ an immorally large bonus) need to have a chance to repay or go to jail. It is immoral to make millions in bonus $ while others, who normally work, struggle to find a job.

    The American dream is not about everyone’s chance to be rich. It is about everyone’s chance for happiness, and to be a good steward of the people – your neighbors, friends and extended family.

    How dare you live in more than 1 fancy home while others are losing their only home.

    The same for those in Hollywood who care – sell off the ‘extras’ and help start a small business or work with a non-profit to help those looking for work find a job. You can make a difference for the common good.
  • Evan Eisentrager
    commented 2011-10-17 18:22:55 -0700
    It’s time to redistribute and share the wealth. It’s also time to create sustainable and just economies, or we won’t have human civilization on the earth in a couple of centuries. Sorry greedy pigs, your time is over, it’s time to share. You’ll probably find that your much happier when you do!
  • Mike Bunting
    commented 2011-10-17 17:00:15 -0700
    My wife & I have been entrepreneurs for over 20 years and have had two businesses together. When the construction industry went belly up, our low voltage company went with it and we not only did not have a company but no jobs either. Thankfully, we were able to come up with another company selling an invention we came up with and are now selling that product in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom & Australia and soon to be in Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. During the time we had out other companies we never had a hard time getting loans, credit cards or lines of credit to help run our company, now we can’t even get an increased limit on a stupid $1500 credit card that we only use for business.
  • Milburn Carlson
    commented 2011-10-17 16:51:26 -0700
    Return the country to the people.
  • R Stone
    commented 2011-10-17 14:10:44 -0700
    My stock porfolio has decreased by 10%. I am over 80 years of age. I depend on my stock dividends for buying groceries and medications.

    What companies will supplement my income?
  • Martha W Bushnell
    commented 2011-10-17 13:56:02 -0700
    Time to pay yourselves 5% of what you make. Time to start manufacturing decent clothing in the US for US made is more durable then made in China. Time to insist the Jobs Bill is passed by the House and Senate.
  • Rayleen Nunez
    commented 2011-10-17 12:31:54 -0700
    Adelante, companeros! Venceremos un dia pronto!
  • Olivia montesano
    commented 2011-10-17 10:11:02 -0700
    I’m a current graduate student. My bachelors degree is in elementary education. I decided against teaching because of the ridiculously low wages vs. the massive amount of work and politics you have to deal with. I find it incredibly sad that our bankers are getting millions in bonuses while the people in charge of educating our youth have to get second jobs and are being laid off in large numbers. The priorities of our country need to shift. We should not be rewarding the people whose faulty practices earned them a bailout that really just benefited the elite few running these corrupt businesses. We need to redistribute some resources and focus on the quality of our country.
  • michelle radomski
    commented 2011-10-17 09:08:41 -0700
    Mine is not a message of us vs. you. Mine is a message of shift and change and a simple invitation for all of us to join in the paradigm shift. Things are shifting to a world of more fairness and equality. The paradigm is changing to one that embraces the whole. It is happening and we can either fight it or embrace it … either way, it feels like change is coming.
  • Joe Murphy
    commented 2011-10-17 08:54:33 -0700
    It’s time to allow the 99% Americans to run the country again…you’ve screwed it up long enough…sincerely, Joe Murphy
  • Patricia Fox
    commented 2011-10-17 08:32:36 -0700
    My family lost income property in the third generation due to manipulation of economic resources. I personally have not been fully employed for over three years. It’s not for lack of desire or skill but jobs are scarce. This is what happens when over 30% of the wealth of our nation is circulated among only the top 2 % of the population. We are suffering.
  • Leon and Alita Letwin
    commented 2011-10-17 08:20:29 -0700
    We’re tired of the banks reaping the profits while the rest of society bails them out of a crisis of their own making. Societies with this injustice can’t stand. As people around the world have said “No Justice, No Peace”.
  • Guy Josserand
    commented 2011-10-17 08:11:36 -0700
    Owning large fortunes is a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean it creates value. Fear not for your fortunes as long as you are adding value. But the time of plutocracy is closing.
  • Frank Sabatini
    commented 2011-10-17 07:51:44 -0700
  • Deborah Rubin
    commented 2011-10-17 07:02:39 -0700
    Many of you believe you are honorable people—smart, well-educated, and deserving of the money you make. If you are one of these, take a look at the corruption that pervades the corporations on Wall Street, who managed to play a large role in crashing our economy in 2008. Insider trading, “bundling” of bad mortgages, issuing of mortgages to properties sold at far above their value to people who did not have the money to pay for them: these are only some of the dishonest practices that caused this disaster, and that are going on still.

    As a result of these practices, my condo had ten (of 35) apartments sold and resold by criminals who falsified their loan applications. Our condo board saw that the applications were falsified but could do nothing because of laws preventing condos from turning down prospective buyers. I saw these applications myself: they were so flimsy and clearly fraudulent that I could not believe any bank would approve them—but banks did, without hesitation. The banks that issued the loans could have seen that these applications were fraudulent. They didn’t care. Now they are having to foreclose on all of these apartments. For two years, no-one in our building could sell a unit because of this situation.

    Banks have an obligation to maintain higher standards and to regulate themselves far more stringently. Since they seem incapable of doing this, the government has an obligation to do the regulating.
  • Tammy Krause
    commented 2011-10-17 05:19:15 -0700
    My husband and I are in our early 40s and we have two children. We just returned from living in England while I got my PhD. In the past, we have successfully owned two houses, with no foreclosures. We have excellent credit. And we have more than 20% to put towards the purchase of a new house. Because of the economy and job market, we are both having to do contract work. This makes us ineligible for a mortgage for two years despite the responsible way we have lived our lives. We have to explain to our children why we cannot move into a “home” that they are longing for after four years of feeling uprooted. They continue to feel uprooted because they want to KNOW that they are not going to have to move again. It is unfair and unreasonable to think that people who have made responsible fiscal decisions, have paid their taxes, and continue to contribute to society have to carry the burden of others who have made risky, greedy, or careless decisions. My children are the victims of this economy. I would really like you to answer this question: Are yours?

    May you please give deeper consideration to the many, many lives that are being damaged or penalized due to the decisions of a few. It is possible to live a more equitable life and still have more than enough.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    With kind regards,

    Tammy Krause

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