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...
#FlipADistrict – #FireKline

#FlipADistrict – #FireKline

Last month, we nominated Representative John Kline for Bill Maher’s #FlipADistrict campaign, and emailed YOU, to vote. The result? Rep. John Kline skyrocketed to first place. Last Friday, Bill Maher announced the second round of voting for the FINAL FOUR. It’s because of YOU that we have gotten this far… and we can’t win without YOUR vote. We need to Tweet, Instagram and Facebook as much a humanly possible during the next week to make it to the FINAL FOUR. Here is how you can help: CLICK HERE TO TWEET THIS OUT: Vote 4 @repjohnkline for the FINAL FOUR to #FlipaDistrict http://bit.ly/flipadistrict  cc: @RealTimers @BillMaher @DebtCrisisorg #FireKline CLICK TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK CLICK TO LIKE IT UP ON INSTAGRAM From Kyle McCarthy’s Blog on The Huffington Post: We nominated Kline because, as Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, Kline consistently fights for the lenders and for-profit colleges that bankroll his campaign, while simultaneously turning his back on the 40 million Americans buried in student loan debt. As And like Maher said, “Kline didn’t just oppose the Student Loan Forgiveness Act, he actually wrote a bill to reduce the budget deficit by raising rates on student loans.” But he has not just turned his back on current, future and former students. He has turned his back on the middle class and hardworking Americans. It’s time to #FireKline and help StudentDebtCrisis.org #FlipADistrict! Thank you for your continued support! Now let’s...