Student Debt Strike in 2019?

#22

I would join right away, I don’t hold student debt anymore, but I feel so strong about this, especially as all my friends are in UCSC it have finished and still can’t get a job or one that pays enough to pay back their loan . I watch them struggle to decide wether they feed themselves or pay their loan.
The amount of story’s and hardships I have to hear over people and their student debt is too much, I’m so game for this!

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#23

@Ann_Larson I’m curious if the Debt Collective does any coordinating with local financial justice organizations?

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#24

I’m also in DC and happy to help.

#25

Yes will join, also hoping to have a weekly 10 minute spot on local radio station all about debt—interviews with locals who are struggling with debt (I’m in Troy, NY) and also state and national figures/experts/organizers. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed, please feel free to contact.

I was involved in occupy, started an arts and labor group, but had a lot of crossover with strike debt and others. Happy to spread the word to them.

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#26

I am absolutely 100% in for MICHIGAN, please keep me updated.

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#27

My personal belief in long term following of strike debt! back to my membership in Occupy Harrisburg and I contributed ten dollars live to the rolling jubilee on the premiere day…
anyway I plan to pay off all my debt by the time I retire at age 55-70 or when I choose to retire if I live that long. My way of striking debt is to, as I have done, never borrow in the system again. My only loans have been interest free small amounts with friends since s17 as encouraged by the debt resisters operations manual and they all will be paid back by the end of the year and they all are ok with this. I choose to not borrow. The only loans I will accept ever again are either from my life insurance or for a mortgage or car. No credit card borrowing. No suckering by the banks such as Wells Fargo whom STILL just this year aggregiously gave me a fifteen dollar fine while I paid a dollar at least once every other week on my debt.
What’s important here is I am in with every minute not sleeping, at work, volunteering, or at my recovery treatment and events committed to getting started a Harrisburg, PA chapter of this meeting in person. I am willing to use my own money to do this, and if we collectively decide I should not at least 5 or 10 will be donated here as we struggle on. Even in my Christian faith I sing , ‘We are a gentle angry people on our knees. When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun oh Lord have mercy on me.’ I remain nonviolent and we must remain nonviolent or we all will be illegitimized in our voices. so…
WHAT CAN I DO?

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#28

First week in on my debt strike! :muscle:

#29

I would participate in it. I am feeling super concerned about my long-term financial health. I am a teacher and wish that there was a way to make the student loan debt go away. I know that there is a loan forgiveness program for teachers, but you can only access that, if you are already making payments, which I cannot afford to make right now.

#30

Hi everyone! Thanks for all this feedback. It seems like a lot of people are excited about a student debt strike campaign. Admins will set up some more conversations here as well as phone calls for people who want to talk about this. Just as importantly, we have asked our tech team to get to work on a campaign page template that we can use for a campaign like this. So WE ARE ON IT. More soon. Solidarity.

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#31

Hi Ed, I did file a DTR to get my loans discharged. I attended Everest online for an accounting degree and I was able to get partial discharge if I withdrew because they actually admitted that their accounting program was not up to standards. I joined the Debt Collective shortly after and was made aware of the Defense to Repayment.

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#32

I too would join in this initiative! Having student debt has forced me at times to rely on a credit card to meet my needs, resulting in significantly more debt overall. I feel strangled by it, and any string of hope that it will go away brings me tears of joy. I know others are in the hole like I am, and even deeper so for many, and it makes me angry to think of how certain folks are profiting from our struggles. If so many people are already in default now, how many of us need to strike to make an impactful effect? If we can organize and rally together, perhaps we can affect their bottom line enough to make a difference. I’ve never missed a payment, but in not doing so I have dug my hole even deeper. Let’s help each other get out of our collective pits :slight_smile:

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#33

YES YES YES I want to participate in a strike.

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#34

Those are the best words ever Denise. I am so happy to see you here in this space. Thank you for continuing the fight. And I am so glad hear your debt was discharged.

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#35

Hi, have folks seen Senator Warren’s place to cancel student debt (not all of it, but a good portion), and make college free? https://www.marketwatch.com/story/elizabeth-warren-its-time-to-end-the-failed-experiment-that-caused-the-student-debt-crisis-and-cancel-borrowers-debt-2019-04-22

What are some ways we can pressure other candidates to take this position?

#36

I think having an impact on social media is a good start, for those who are not doing so yet. Share Warren’s proposal on social media in states that candidates are from or living?

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