Organizing to win College for All in Washington’s 10th Congressional District

This action is for everyone who lives in Washington’s 10th 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.

Rep. Denny Heck (Democrat) has not yet taken a position on H.R. 3473 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 Rep. Heck to co-sponsor or publicly support these bills?

You can contact your rep yourself, or you can use YDSA’s tool, which will help you do so automatically.

Joshua Collins (Democrat) is running against Rep. Heck in a the Democratic Party primary. Collins is running explicitly on canceling all student debt and making public college completely free. This is great news and you might want to support his campaign, but you can also use this campaign as a way to put pressure on Rep. Heck to cosponsor this legislation. If he refuses to do so, there are other options for people who care about this issue.

Use the comments below to plan and coordinate with each other on a district-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 StudentDebt_WA10.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.