We Are The 99%

WE ARE THE 99% has become a popular slogan related to the Occupy movement. The 1% refers to the top wealthiest people in society that have an excessive proportion of capital, political influence, and the means of production. Mostly referred to the US, this phrase has been addressed by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders through his stance on representing all Americans and not just the 1%, making this a key policy in his campaign. Here in the UK the iconic Guy Fawkes masks are worn in protest over the dominance the middle class has over the working class, particularly in issues like student loans and university rent prices. Going to a few of the protests for this type of issue myself, with the students of UCL (the university my sister attends) proved to be very eye opening in the respect that their halls has the highest rent rates in the country and their conditions are abysmal but nothing is being done about it. The fight for equality in our society is one of the most important issues that we face today.

Natasha Perkin

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