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! 

  • Cynthia Bower
    commented 2011-10-16 15:19:55 -0700
    My story is really my daughter’s story, but she is too ashamed of herself to tell it. She is 23 years old, having graduated magna cum laude from a top liberal arts college in June 2010. As her mother I cannot be unbiased, but by any measure she is brilliant, decent, conscientious, hardworking, and unbelievably creative. She has so much to offer, yet for the past 18 months, despite heroic efforts, she hasn’t been able to do better than cobble together a succession of tedious, part-time, temporary jobs in the retail and food industries. She has become clinically depressed and considers herself an utter failure. What kind of society grinds its most promising young citizens down like this? Who are the people who most influence society to be this way? Well I’ll tell you. You and your disgusting ilk are. You who covet profit at any cost and if things don’t go your way you buy political influence to make sure they do. In reality you’re not fit to wipe the mud off my daughter’s shoes.
  • linda laird
    commented 2011-10-16 15:17:42 -0700
    I am a 69 year old grandmother. My husband has Alzheimers and will soon need care which is not covered by medicare. My daughter and grandson have TBI from a terrible car accident. She has to work in constant pain and with little short term memory. He has not been able to return to school or work. My cousin has Parkinsons and has been out of work for four years. Another cousins daughter died because she did not have insurance and went to the hospital too late to be stabilized. My nephew just came back from Afganistan with a purple heart and filled with schrapnel and we counted him lucky. This was his fifth deployment. I don’t think he met your children there.


    We, the 99% have all become impoverished while you, the 1% have so much. It’s hard to see how you can go to sleep at night. I would sleep better if banks were heavily regulated and you were incarcerated and made to forego your ridiculous income. Fieldwork or a stent at MacDonalds would be good for your soul.


    KS Granny
  • Manny and Danielle Martinez
    commented 2011-10-16 15:08:56 -0700
    I don’t get it. Why are the 1% sitting on that huge pile of cash? Why don’t they invest it in this country and create jobs? They don’t want the government to do it so why aren’t they doing it? Too much is never enough for them. It never has been.
  • Cathy McIvor
    commented 2011-10-16 15:07:23 -0700
    Where is Pres. Obama in all this mess?! What happened to all the bail-out money that went to the banks? Is that how the ceo’s got their bonus’s?
  • Pamela Lloyd
    commented 2011-10-16 15:06:39 -0700
    My husband and I work hard, but struggle financially. My income now is about one tenth of what it was before the bubble burst. Sales are slow for my husband’s business. Together, we aren’t able to meet all the needs of our family. It’s time to end corporate welfare and start paying attention to the well-being of the ordinary American individuals and families who are the true backbone of the success of our nation.
  • Harry A
    commented 2011-10-16 14:51:08 -0700
    Hoping we pressure the congress till they put some of you in jail.
  • Marty Landa
    commented 2011-10-16 14:23:15 -0700
    RICH GETTING RICHER, AND EVERYONE ELSE GETTING POORER = REVOLUTION!!!
  • Judith Martinez
    commented 2011-10-16 14:18:45 -0700
    I’m 73 years old and my husband is 79. Though I’ve worked most of my life many of my working years were spent with Civil Services in a non competitive job-no pension, no SS contributions. I had a lot of money in the Stock Market.It was being managed b y a BANK. Your games and maneuvers have eaten that. You have ended up getting much richer, I have gotten poorer. No redistribution of wealth there eh ? If my husband’s death precedes mine my income will be $7,000 a year ( my Social Security) + our modest savings. You want to try living on that ?
  • Jane Oliver
    commented 2011-10-16 14:14:21 -0700
    How many rooms can you be in at one time? How many cars can you drive at one time? How much is enough? What hole are you trying to fill? Are you happy surrounded by a body guard living in a fortress behind an electrified fence? How can you tell?
  • gail golden
    commented 2011-10-16 14:03:10 -0700
    Housing , food and medical care are basic human rights. Because of the excessive greed of some many lack these things. This can not go on
  • Karen Blennerhassett
    commented 2011-10-16 13:58:19 -0700
    IT IS TIME FOR THE IMF, THE WORLD BANK, AND THE WTO TO LEAVE THE WORLD STAGE. WE ARE NOT AGAINST MARKETS OR CORPORATIONS IF THEY ACT ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US THAT INCLUDES THE EARTH ECO SYSTEM AND THE OTHER CREATURES WE SHARE THIS TINY GREEN/ BLUE PLANET WITH.

    WE NEED REGULATIONS…WE NEED GLASS STIEGELS BACK. WE NEED TO GET RID OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES ASAP. WE NEED TO END THE WARS ASAP. WE NEED TO END COAL ,OIL, GAS AND NUCLEAR ENERGY. OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE HELPING SMALL ENERGY BUSINESSES SUCH AS GEO-THERMAL ON A HOUSE TO HOUSE INSTALLATION. SOLAR AND WIND POWER SHOULD BE FOSTERED AGAIN ON A LOCAL LEVEL.

    OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVESTING IN A REPEAT OF FDR’S WPA AND CCC. SOCIAL SECUITY AND MEDICARE SHOULD BE MADE STRONGER AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE SHOULD BE ENACTED. ALL STUDENT LOANS SHOULD BE FORGIVEN AND ALL CHILDREN SHOULD GET A ONE-TIME SHOT AT A FREE EDUCATION AS LONG AS THEY MAINTAIN GOOD GRADES AND PROMISE TO WORK WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED TO HELP THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

    THE PRESENT SUPREME COURT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. AGAIN WE WILL GO NOWHERE UNLESS THE PRESENT TWO-PARTY SYSTEM ENDS. WE NEED A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER MANY IDEAS AND COALITIONS. FREE TRADE, NAFTA, AND ALL OTHER SCHEMES TO GET SLAVE LABOR IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES NEEDS TO BE ABOLISHED. WE MUST STOP BEING A FACIST EMPIRE AND BECOME A CARING COUNTRY THAT ENSURES THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND ALL OTHER CITIZENS OF THE WORLD FAMILY.

    AND LASTLY WE MUST SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE TO ENSURE THAT WE NEVER BECOME A THEOCRACY.
  • carolyn modeen
    commented 2011-10-16 13:56:27 -0700
    Our investments have tanked. The worst part is the dishonesty and arrogance in the cause of all this.
  • Stewart Thompson
    commented 2011-10-16 13:55:08 -0700
    I am 99% Please give curtail your greed and fill our need.
  • Karen Davis
    commented 2011-10-16 13:54:42 -0700
    I am a Teacher. I have had my hours and my pay cut. We have no money for ordinary classroom supplies, including paper towels. We have always asked the parents to help out, but to be honest, they do not have the extra money either. I am fortunate, I still have a job, but with rising costs and decreasing pay I am struggling to get by. I can not afford to go into my pocket anymore to buy supplies for my classroom. I think it is time for Wall Street to stop with the bonuses and high profits to the shareholders and to pay for the education of the future generation.
  • Ellen Franzen
    commented 2011-10-16 13:52:01 -0700
    I’m 61, unemployed for more than three years, Berkeley educated, current office skills, great people skills and work ethic. I’d really like to leave home with more than change in my wallet. I can’t even go to Occupy Wall Street demonstrations because I can’t afford the bus or BART fare. I’m out of your economy because the only job I have is being a substitute part-time school crossing guard.
  • Vivianne Mosca-Clark
    commented 2011-10-16 13:35:18 -0700
    I have worked all of my life. I am a humanitarian. There isn’t any job descriptions for that work. I have helped people with various issues in their lives to help them continue to live, and hopefully feel good about them self. Being a humanitarian is opposite of being a banker. As a business that could help people have homes, get educated and to start their own business, you could be more like a humanitarian. Our society is based on money that is supposed to help us exchange and work with each other easier. In trying to help balance out this gap of prosperity we all need to do our parts. I don’t think you are heartless. I do believe your caught up in what you do for your money to take care of your family.. share the wealth so we all can live with dignity. the people that make up Occupy wall Street are not dirty hippies, beggars etc. they are made up of the students and people that had jobs that are no more carry heavy debits. If you could step into their shoes and walk with them for a while, I think your eyes would see and your heart would open. I send love for you, a fellow human being. And hugs for your heart. Vivianne
  • Alan Hehe
    commented 2011-10-16 13:30:36 -0700
    We are not islands unto ourselves. We, the human species, are intimately and intricately interconnected. We exist within a living, web-like reality where every action produces a reaction, and we often face “blowback” or what some call “karma.” I ask you, the 1%, "who is going to do the work you are ‘above’ doing yourself? Who is going to buy the products of corporations? Why are corporations allowed the 14th amendment rights of people, preserved for and by we the people, via the U.S. Constitution, while retaining all the special rights and protections of a corporation? People can’t obtain the special protections and the near inexhaustable resources which corporations command, why should corporations have both these special protections AND the rights of people? Can’t you see this is fascism?

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism, for it represents the merger between corporate and State power.”-B. Mussolini.

    To the 1%: why must you be soooo greedy? Why must you possess such wealth? Does it ever truly bring happiness? I know the answer to that is “no,” because true happiness can only come from within, from existing at one’s “center;” and from doing good works and being creative. When you are possessed by your possessions you can never reach Nirvana, or enter Heaven, for you can no longer “become as little children” when you have the blood of little children on your hands. And yes, that is the result of your greed: For you to have SO MUCH many others must have none, and many more only a little. This is why Jesus-who was, regardless of what you believe, at least a very wise man, as was the Buddha, and their teachings are very similar-said that it was easier for a Camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it was for a rich man to enter heaven.

    Thank you for your time. I hope you really think about what I have said.
  • Margaret Ross
    commented 2011-10-16 13:29:55 -0700
    Thanks a lot for leaving me with a house I can’t sell…even at a loss. I do think at last many Americans are understanding your much too cozy relationship with our elected officials. All of you are getting very rich off the backs of the little guy. I hope this Occupy group brings you all down.
  • Claire Raines
    commented 2011-10-16 13:29:06 -0700
    Executive salaries and bonuses are out of control.
  • Rev. Bonnie Faith-Smith
    commented 2011-10-16 13:27:59 -0700
  • bonnie mcmullen
    commented 2011-10-16 13:05:59 -0700
    Your next life will be highly instructive. Namas te
  • Vivianne Mosca-Clark
    commented 2011-10-16 13:05:34 -0700
    It is immoral to make money while polluting air, land, and water. No business and their owners should make money while causing health issues in peoples lives.

    The bottom line in any business should not be money. Increasing the prosperity in the communities around your businesses, as well as making money should be your bottom line.
  • Elsy Shallman
    commented 2011-10-16 13:00:26 -0700
  • Kate Gunby
    commented 2011-10-16 13:00:05 -0700
    I’m a 24 year old PhD student and I’m very lucky. My dad is a MD and my mom was able to stay home to raise me and my two younger siblings. For me, the problem with Wall Street isn’t personal. In fact, that’s the genius behind the way institutions are set up – many of us can blame our problems on our own choices or simple bad luck. But if you step back and look at the big picture, the problem isn’t the behavior of American citizens, the problem is the lack of regulations and the way corporations are set up, and the changes that have been made over the past decades that have exacerbated this situation. As a sociology grad student, I study stratification and organizations, and it’s the nationwide and international trends that get me frustrated. It’s the growing income and wealth inequalities, the increasing power of corporations, and the role money plays in politics. It’s not the bankers or CEOs or politicians as individuals who are to blame, it’s the system we’ve setup that values quarterly profits over employees, that allows multinational corporations and conglomerates to hold power over the government that is supposed to serve the people, and that is so inescapable that people become a cog in this horrible machine because there are so few alternatives. Thank you for listening.
  • Kathy Ramsey
    commented 2011-10-16 12:52:29 -0700
    I was going to write a little about my story, but after praying for a minute before writing this I realized this is not about my story. So I am going to take this minute to tell of the only story that is worth being told. JESUS (Revelation 22:12)Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.

    (Proverb 8:13)To fear the LORD JESUS is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech

    The Lord Jesus will indeed do what is right. What man won’t do, JESUS will.
  • Mary Jones
    commented 2011-10-16 12:48:13 -0700
  • Barbara Ehrlich
    commented 2011-10-16 12:42:46 -0700
    I am a clinical psychologist in private practice. Many of my patients have lost their jobs and no longer have health care. I continue to see them free of charge because I feel I am ethically obligated to. Many are unable to afford the medication for serious mental illness. Funds for treating mental illness for the poor have been drastically cut in my state. It is heartbreaking that we live in this country yet so many people do not have access to the health care they need.
  • Richard Hovey
    commented 2011-10-16 12:39:23 -0700
    Facing foreclosure, I’m down to part-time work. That’s about $14,000 per year.


    Glad you’re doing so well.
  • Marc and Susan Severson
    commented 2011-10-16 12:37:47 -0700
    My salary has not changed in four years and I have lost half of the money I saved for retirement in the market. The American Dream is not supposed to be just for the wealthy. The Age of Greed must end!
  • Cynthia Tompkins
    commented 2011-10-16 12:30:41 -0700
    Keep it up, it’s high time our voices were heard, but we can’t stop until we exert real change.

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