Autonomy (1000+ posts) Sat Aug-22-09 08:57 PM
To all of you who donated to the DU fund drive
I want to say, thanks from those of us who cannot. It would indeed be a tragic irony if our collective will could not, in these difficult economic times, keep a forum on which so much organizing is done, information dispensed, and emotions shared. It is because of this website, and those who keep it going, that many of us may make it through this time of hardship a little better off than we might have otherwise been.
I've not worked in eight months
, and am enduring some serious medical issues. I cannot find a job, and actually might be better off because of my unemployment. If I got a job, medical coverage would need to begin immediately, or I would not be able to have the treatments that are allowing me to be able to work in the first place. But jobs with benefits are sparse around here. I only have to finish this one last class to get my grad degree, and yet I can't even get a minimum wage retail or restaurant job. If I got one, though, I would not qualify for my medical assistance from the state. So, very soon, I will graduate with a newly minted graduate degree, $70k in student loans, and no job prospects
. My last job was for a defense contractor, monitoring the budgets for contract workers for the DoD in Iraq. I miss being able to pay my bills, but I don't miss the job
During that time, as well as the several years previous that I've participated on DU, I've received the blessings of knowledge and comfort in its pages
, but have only occasionally been able to contribute. We all do our part, though. In 2006, I was out of work, but able to volunteer 100 hours to the local Democratic Party headquarters. Information I got here proved invaluable to my service there. A lot of the "old timers" over there were astounded by the depth of my knowledge. I told them to visit this website.
So I guess I just wanted to say thanks, and to reassure the donors that in some way or another, the burden is getting spread around.