I was delighted to find that Occupy Charleston has its own website. Visit the site and become a follower. Let's build this movement!
Even those folks who voted for Jim DeMint are the 99% -- they just don't know they are one of us yet.
Just as the Occupy Oakland protesters shouted to the police, "You are the 99 percent!", we need to let those who have been led to vote on the right that they are indeed one of us.
They too are unemployed or underemployed, their children unable to afford college, or get a job after graduation. They may have to choose between health care and mortgage, or may no longer be able to afford either. They are unable to retire although they are exhausted. If they are employed, they are constantly at risk of losing their jobs or of wage and benefit cuts.
They have learned, as have we, that while their incomes stagnate, insurance costs skyrocket. They continue to not have alternatives to being gouged by the oil industry because deMint and his ilk continue to vote cuts for mass transportation and alternative energy exploration. They are unable to get loans because Wall Street is hoarding the billions it has made through gambling with our hard-earned savings.
And when their bodies ache from standing in front of a classroom or behind a sales counter or tending patients in a hospital or nursing home, they too will be told to tighten their belts and wait another year or two to retire, while those earning over $107,000 will continue to not have to contribute a penny over that amount.
So this Occupy movement can only grow, as long as we all fight the lies and let our friends, family and co-workers know that we are all in this together -- we are the 99 percent!