Bernie Sanders has it right: In a free society, education should be free

Bernie Sanders has it right: In a free society, education should be free

Americans would be well-advised to heed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call to make public college education free. A college degree is so important to getting a decent job these days, we must begin to see higher education as a right. Some Americans pursue a college diploma; others don’t. But making sure the option is available to everyone, even those whose parents are hard-pressed to pay for it, is necessary to preserving a free society. “It is totally unacceptable that Americans are drowning in $1.2 trillion in student loan debt,” Sanders, I-Vt., said. “It is unacceptable that millions of college graduates cannot afford to buy their first home or their first car because of the outrageously high interest rates they are paying on student debt.” Sanders’ plan uses federal funds to eliminate state tuitions while drastically reducing interest rates on student loans for private colleges and universities. It will cost the federal government an estimated $70 billion per year. That sounds expensive. But, in fact, the country can easily raise the funds by taxing Wall Street stocks and derivative transactions. The proposal, called a “Robin Hood” tax, has been supported by several leading economists. The most vociferous opposition to the plan comes from right-wing politicians, who have already caused … Continue Reading at Las Vegas...

More Than 240,000 People Want To Cancel All Student Debt, SDC Attends Petition Delivery

“We need to get back not only to low tuition, but to no tuition,” said Roger Hickey, sporting an “I am a student debt voter” T-shirt outside Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office last Thursday. Hickey works for Campaign for America’s Future, and on April 30, he helped deliver a petition with over 240,000 signatures to Warren’s office. The petition, which gathered its signatures all in one month, demanded that the US government cancel all student debt, public and private. There are currently 40 million student loan borrowers with $1.3 trillion in debt, which “pales in comparison to what we spent on the Iraq war,” said John Hlinko, founder of Left Action. “So what about a similar war on debt?” While there has been a huge increase in military spending, Pell grants, or money given to low-income students that does not need to be repaid, have been cut from the current budget. Many are starting to feel like the right to accessible education is under attack. The petition given to Warren was sponsored by a coalition of organizations including Campaign for America’s Future, Democracy for America, Working Families, Daily Kos, andThe Nation, among others. Senator Warren has spoken out frequently about reforming student loans, and she recently tried to introduce a budget amendment that would have decreased the interest rate on loans to 3.9 percent, but Senate Republicans blocked it. She also recently joined a liberal push to make college at least debt-free. Natalia Abrams, the executive director of StudentDebtCrisis.org, graduated shortly before the UC system increased tuition by 32 percent in one semester in 2009. Many of her friends had...

Student Debt Crisis 2014 Recap!

This has been an amazing year for student loan debt reform, and we want to remind our members that we couldn’t have tackled this issue without your support. Here are some of our successes from 2014!   [View the story “Student Debt Crisis 2014 Recap!” on...
Voter Registration Event in Northfield, MN!

Voter Registration Event in Northfield, MN!

Voter Registration Event Tuesday, October 7th @ 4-6PM Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse 319 Division Street StudentDebtCrisis.org knows how important it is to have a voice, and our organization believes that voting is one of the most powerful ways that your voice can be heard by those with the power to make a difference! There will be a Voter Registration Event Tuesday, October 7th, at Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse to help 2nd-Districters beat the pre-registration deadline. Make sure to be registered in time for the November 4th election, so that your opinion counts. With your help, and VOTES, we can be lead by politicians who truly care about America’s student loan...
Real Time with Bill Maher: LIVE in Northfield!

Real Time with Bill Maher: LIVE in Northfield!

Real Time with Bill Maher: LIVE in Northfield! Tuesday, October 7th at 6pm Northfield Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street Northfield, MN Join Bill Maher and surprise special guests at the Northfield Grand Event Center for a special performance of Real Time with Bill Maher: LIVE in Northfield! This is a special event to honor the hard work we did to push Rep. John Kline in Maher’s #FlipADistrict competition. Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at Northfield’s Olive Oils and Vinegars – 18 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057 General Admission – $10.00 (Proceeds will go to Student Debt Crisis) TOMORROW, October 1st – go to Northfield’s Olive Oils and Vinegars to purchase your seats – space is limited, and seats will be offered at a first come, first serve basis. There are many reasons Rep. John Kline needs to go, and your voice has made student debt the emphasis of Maher’s #FlipADistrict campaign! Because our members are so passionate about the student debt crisis, Real Time  is extending YOU an exclusive early invitation to attend Real Time with Bill Maher, LIVE in Northfield with Surprise Special...

SDC Members Take Kline All The Way!

Since September, we have been asking our members to support a certain congressman, by the name of John Kline, in Bill Maher’s #FlipADistrict competition.  Rep. Kline has been capturing our attention for a different reason than you would expect. We nominated him as the worst member in Congress, with the hopes that we can flip his district and send him running. Now we are proud to announce that because of you, he has been voted Maher’s winning loser! Our members have been calling on Bill Maher to flip Kline’s district for many reasons. Some of you are disgusted that he is the leader of the education committee while being bought off by wealthy for profit schools. Other’s cite his atrocious voting record against sensible policies like student loan refinancing. What ever the reason was, he sure deserved it, and we want to thank you for all of your help.   “Bill Maher announces Rep. John Kline as the winning loser of the #FlipADistrict campaign”   “SDC Executive Director, Natalia Abrams, Interviewed on Real Time with Bill...