vangirl: "Forge on and create your own path in life." (Legretta: Path)
Occupy Wall Street has been going on for about two weeks. It is a nonviolent protest that has expanded to cover the rest of the US and beyond and online.

This protest is about the widening income gap; about how the mega-rich are taxes at a lower percent of their total income than the poor (and corporations rarely pay them at all); about how higher level education costs have risen faster than people can afford to pay; about how cuts have been made on education, health care, and other government programs while the Bush's Tax Cuts are extended; about how the 99% struggle to get by while the 1% prosper on their hard labor. Essentially, this protest is about rising up to fight the "class warfare" that has already been declared against the majority of US citizens.

This protest is receiving minimal coverage from the media. Peaceful protesters in NYC have been arrested and attacked for exercising their right to assembly. Not that this is exactly new of police but this time the NYPD received its largest donation in history from JP Morgan Chase shortly afterwards. It's not hard to make the connection that our media and justice system favors and protects the interests of the 1% over the rest of the nation.

If you can't join in the protest or donate for whatever reason, that's fine, you have to survive too. Just know that Occupy Wall Street is not some just 'college students too stupid to choose a useful major' or 'lazy hippies looking for hangouts'. This protest is also for those who can't afford any college education, for those who live without health insurance (or have insurance that doesn't help) and are deep in medical debt, for those who are unemployed and are afraid of living on the streets, as well as those who are already there.

Hopefully, something good will come out of this.
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My thoughts on the Health Care 'Reform' Fiasco )

TL;DR: The state of health care in this country makes me angry.

THE GOOD NEWS, is that before I got online, I had a great adventure with Windy and her mother to the Aquarium. I had a hella ton of fun there, AND MANTA RAYS OMG. ♥
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I've been watching [ profile] ontd_political again, and there's a lot of articles that get posted that are rage-inducing or inspiring. And then you get one that is both.

Divorced child bride Nujood makes a fresh stand: 'We are not toys. We are children.'

Nujoud Ali was just 10 years old when she borrowed bus fare to a Yemeni courthouse and demanded a divorce from her husband, more than 20 years her senior.

A year and a half later, Ali is using her fame and the money she received for her story to help 12-year-old Sally Sabahi file for divorce from her 21-year-old husband.

The strength she had to stand up for herself, and then to go and help other girls in her position is just amazing. This girl is younger than my youngest sister and she's able to do this.

I'm talking about this on AIM with a friend and why isn't the media on this? We're covering Tiger Woods and his scandal but not this girl's courage for...I can only assume that the reason is it has no "relevance" to Americans. I don't know, but this girl has become my hero and I wish I can turn on the news and see heroes being heroes again.


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