Michigan 13th Congressional District
This action is for everyone who lives in Michigan’s 13th congressional district. (Not sure which district you live in? Look it up here.) We want to organize people to put pressure on members of Congress (or people who are running to become members of Congress) to cancel all student debt and make public universities completely free. This can take many forms. Reach out to each other, start talking and making plans. Here is some information that.
Great news! Rashida Tlaib (D) is one of the co-sponsors of H.R. 3448 Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019 (this bill would cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt). It isn’t just important to put pressure on members of congress to support real solutions, it is also important to thank them when they do the right thing. Please thank Rep. Tlaib for supporting a student debt jubilee!
Rep. Tlaib has also publicly pledged her willingness to support H.R. 3472 College for All Act of 2019 (this bill would make all public colleges and universities free). We expect her to add her name to the list of cosponsors soon. Please thank Rep. Tlaib for supporting fully funded public higher education.
Rep. Tlaib eagerly agreed to support this legislation after Debt Collective members brought it to her attention. Organizing works! So far the two Senators from Michigan have not yet supported College For All but if you ask them to, and pressure them to, we might be able to get them on boards. So there is still work to be done!
So far no other candidates have filed to run for election in this district in 2020, but that could change. If other candidates do run we need to make sure to pressure them to support these bills too.
Use the comments below to plan and coordinate with each other on a state-wide level.
The Indivisible Guide provides good advice about how to set up a meeting with your members of congress (or the people currently campaigning for office), how to show up at town halls, how to write letters to the editor, etc. We can do all of that and more. Feel free to get creative and come up with your own plans in addition to these tried and true methods.
Use this data sheet Michigan’s Thirteenth District student debt score is 60.
Use this study by economists at the Levy Institute which outlines several positive effects of canceling all student debt.
The Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) have a great resources about organizing for College for All. If there is a YDSA chapter near you please reach out and coordinate with them.