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Preventing Third World America Step 1: Share Your Story

First Posted: 08/20/10 08:14 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Well, it's happening again -- we are failing to capture the turbulence of our times with narratives that allow the public, and force our leaders, to connect with the pain and suffering that should be fueling the fight to change direction while there's still time.

Indeed, the lack of urgency we are seeing in Washington -- and the lack of focus on real people -- is stunning considering that the consequences of our failed financial system are everywhere you look. Putting flesh and blood on the cold, hard statistics means putting the spotlight on the people whose lives were upended as a result of our out-of-control financial system. And by shining the spotlight on them, we may be able to turn things around.

The first step toward reclaiming America is to speak up. Send us your stories, and we'll pick some of the most powerful to feature prominently on HuffPost. (Here are some examples of stories submitted by readers that we spotlighted: Curt MacRae, Ian Felton, Greg Kaminski, Jim Laman, and Lesa Deason Crowe.)

Click "Participate" below and tell your story!

How have you been impacted by the financial crisis -- and how are you bouncing back? What are you doing to help prevent America from ever becoming a Third World nation?

We want to hear how you and those you love have been affected, how you are recovering, and what you're doing to improve your own community -- and, by extension, the entire country. Let us know in writing or upload a video to YouTube and send us the link, and we will add your story to the map!

Pledge for the American Dream!
I pledge to spend at least 4 hours this month strengthening my community so America never becomes a Third World nation.

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Filed by Grace Kiser  |