by Jon Trujillo
On behalf of FUSED, and all of the hard work that was put forth last year at the state capitol fighting for student rights and against worse budget cuts and higher tuitions, I would personally like to thank Occupy Reno for the opportunity to involve FUSED in our community once again. As once and future community members we must remember not to sit idly by and watch as our communities and our futures get ravaged day in and day out by a an economic system that is out of control and that we no longer fully understand, or agree upon, for that matter.
There are certain conditions where we must all stand up as one entity and one voice; I assure you all this is it! I ask you to “Get It Together” and stand with FUSED on Wednesday as we Occupy Reno in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at 12pm. We will show our community we do not agree with being the voiceless 99% and that we will be heard and it is our agenda that will finally be met.
For decades now our parents have told us the future of this nation is our responsibility. Even though they might not like the way we decide to run things, it is our duty to step up to the plate and fight for our agenda. We will Occupy Reno on Wednesday, we will Occupy our place in the world, and we will remove our futures from the hands of the greedy and the morally blind!
The problem now becomes: are we standing up for what is right? Do we even know what we are standing up for? There has been confusion about why protesters are Occupying New York and other cities around the nation, or what the 99% actually consists of and I would like to dispel confusion and admonition toward Occupy Reno by informing the public of what we are going to be trying to get across at the General Assembly on Wednesday.
- The 99% refers to the 99% of the American Population that isn’t in the top 1% of the wealthiest in America, or the world for that matter.
- The 99% of Americans that are facing massive amounts of debt or unemployment.
- The 99% of Americans that receive miniscule tax benefits, compared to many of the corporate monopolies we find occupying our nation.
- The 99% that are not sure they will be able to afford education for their children that deserve more than a run-down public elementary school; or be able to further their own education because of increased college tuitions.
- The 99% of the American population that doesn’t feel its needs are met by the myth of capitalism we are spoon-fed every day.
What we ask in return from corporations and our government alike:
Will you represent the 99% of Americans that are afraid to speak up and listen to their own voice?
We are the 99%.