This action is for everyone who lives in Minnesota’s 5th 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 organizing can take many forms. Reach out to each other, start talking and making plans. Here is some information that you might find helpful.
Great news! Rep. Ilhan Omar (Democrat) wrote the damn bill that cancels all student debt! (H.R. 3448 Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019) Not only that, but she has already co-sponsored H.R. 3473 College for All Act of 2019 which would make all public colleges and universities free.
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. Omar for supporting College for All and student debt jubilee!
You can contact your rep yourself, or you can use YDSA’s tool, which will help you do so automatically.
Use the comments below to plan and coordinate with each other on a district-wide level.
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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 StudentDebt_MN08.pdf (1.1 MB) about student debt in your district.
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.