Michigan 3rd Congressional District
This action is for everyone who lives in Michigan 3rd 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.
Justin Amash (I) has not yet taken a position on H.R. 3472 College for All Act of 2019 (this bill would make all public colleges and universities free) or H.R. 3448 Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019 (this bill would cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt). Can you force him to co-sponsor or publicly support these bills?
There are several other candidates who are running for this seat in 2020, and their might be more who announced in the future. They include Doug Booth (D), Nick Colvin (D), Hillary Scholten (D), Lynn Afendoulis ( R), Joel Langlois ( R), James Lower ( R), Peter Meijer ( R), and Tom Norton ( R). Can you force all of them to take a position on these bills and adopt them as a part of their campaign?
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 Third District student debt score is 73.
Use this study by economists at the Levi 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.