Hi Greg. Welcome to the Debt Collective! Thanks for this video. It’s really interesting. I’m glad you’re into the idea of a student debt strike. You should know that an idea like the one you described (where people pledge to go on strike once a certain number of others agree to do the same) was already conducted during the occupy wall street movement. @Thomas_Gokey and I were part of that group. Here are some links:
As you can see from reading these old articles, the idea was widely regarded by the media as kind of silly. Those of us who worked on it were not taken seriously. And, as you point to in your video, the technology wasn’t really there at the time to facilitate it.
Recently, though, since Sen Warren announced her plan to cancel most student debt, some reporters have started to look back more favorably on our past organizing work:
As for organizing a new student debt strike or pledge, we love the idea. Why not organize it here on this platform? We are working on it, in fact. But would love some help from this thread.
Can folks here who want to see a collective action by student debtors to demand full relief weigh in here?
-Should we make a PLEDGE, like the kind we launched in 2011, where people say they will stop paying their loans at some point in the future?
-Should we start a strike NOW and allow people who are in default to say so and to encourage others to join?
-Should we have more of a movement-building initiative where people come on board who are interested in working on a campaign but where we work out the details later?
Thanks for all your input!