"I'm asking members of Congress - give us a chance. Fight for us. We're the ones that put you in office. Fight for us. How can you sleep at night," she cried, "knowing that youth are selling drugs just to make money? Save our babies!"Shawn Wygant of Pennsylvania, also unemployed, came to the rally to demand jobs and tell Congress to represent the other 99%. He has seen the need to improve infrastructure in his community, specifically a bridge in disrepair.
"I could take a job fixing that bridge right now. If they called me right now, I'd leave this stage and fix that bridge."Tiffany Mellers, an army reservist and mother, now unemployed for a year.
"When I came back in July 2010 from my deployment, I thought things would be different. I thought if I sacrificed for my country, my country would be available, accessible, and accountable to help me. Unfortunately that is not the case. I'm still an unemployed army reservist, actively looking for a job with three mouths to feed," said Mellers. "Americans like me are in every corner around the country, and we're finally saying enough is ENOUGH."Tiffany Loftin, vice-president of the United States Student Association (USSA), riled up the crowd and represented youth everywhere who are ready for change.
"This is our country. This is your country. Take advantage of it. Be out here and make a lot of noise, because they have to respond to US. We're in charge. It's OUR agenda. Make sure you go back to your states, organize in your communities. Gather the young people. Educate them. Uplift them."And the rally wrapped up with fiery words from Van Jones -
"As of today, as of right now, the American Dream Movement is here to say NO MORE. The real people are here, the real patriots have reported for duty, and we are going to take back the American Dream from the people who want to kill it. We are the patriots."