**** The Debt Collective stands for deep structural change: we demand full cancellation of federal and private student loans, and free public college for all.
Changes like these require social movements to build power and put pressure on lawmakers to change the law. Due largely to our organizing efforts and increasing public pressure/outcry, new legislation has been recently introduced in both the House and Senate. These new bills, H.R. 3448 Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019 and H.R. 3473 College for All Act of 2019, are simple and straightforward. They propose to cancel all student debt and make public colleges and universities tuition-free.
We have a unique and special opportunity to get these bills passed. So let’s get organized! Below you’ll find discussion threads for each state and district in the U.S. Find other people in your district, make a plan to recruit others, and go cause hell to get your representatives to take action: write letters, make phone calls, plan a sit-in at their local office!
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 district-by-district and state-by-state polling data. Debt Collective members should study this data and use it to make the case that this isn’t just the right thing to do, it is also good politics and a winning strategy.
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.
Find out who your representatives are here.
Discussion threads by state/district: