Organizing to Win College for All in Pennsylvania

This action is for everyone who lives in Pennsylvania . 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 you might find helpful.

Senators Pat Toomey (Republican) and Bob Casey, Jr (D) have not yet taken a position on the College for All Act of 2019. Can you convince them to co-sponsor it?

Use the comments below to plan and coordinate with each other on a state-wide level.

Resources

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 about student debt for the whole state of Pennsylvania. StudentDebt_PA.pdf (1.1 MB)

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.

Click on your district below to plan and coordinate with others who live in the same congressional district. Don’t know which district you live in? You can look that up here.

PA has 18 congressional districts. We will be adding information about each one soon so that you can find other Debt Collective members who live in the same district as you to coordinate and organize together.

Districts
PA-1
PA-2
PA-3
PA-4
PA-5
PA-6
PA-7
PA-8
PA-9
PA-10
PA-11
PA-12
PA-13
PA-14
PA-15
PA-16
PA-17
PA-18

If you take out a loan for going to school, you are aware that you have X terms to repay that debt.

Just as you finish obtaining said education and maybe you didn’t find the exact job or get the expected results with finding a new position to increase wages as you maybe anticipated doesn’t preclude you from repaying your debt!

Other tax payers ARE NOT going to repay your debt for you!

It’s not free just because you now all of a sudden don’t want to repay your debt! If you take out the loan, you must repay the debt!

I understand their may be various hardships and hopefully you are smart enough to have disability insurance to help with income needs should you incur such a short term or long term disability.

Again, these insurances are available to anyone and YOU are responsible to plan accordingly.

Free enterprise does not mean free handout!