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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Student debt will be the next bubble to burst. Tell Congress to forgive student debt

Student loan debt in America is the largest form of any debt, other than home mortgages. Many student loan borrowers are defaulting. If nothing is done, this could be the next bubble to burst, propelling the economy into another recession. It doesn’t help that overall earnings for young people is substantially lower than past generations. With rising cost of living, the burden of student loans, and the reality of lower wages - recent graduates are struggling for the basics. It’s only a matter of time before more student loan borrowers default on their loans. Congress could do something about it, they could forgive student loan debt by passing the Student Loan Forgiveness Act. Tell Congress to help reinvigorate the economy and simultaneously avert the next financial crisis - forgive all federal student loan debt and pass the House Student Loan Forgiveness Act. Across the U.S., student debt is holding an entire generation back from life’s major milestones; from buying a first home to starting a family. Some states are starting to take notice. Maine is one of the first U.S. states trying to help student loan borrowers. Over one-third of Maine’s population is at or near-retirement. In an effort to attract young Mainers who’ve left the state for higher paying jobs elsewhere - while also reinvigorating the state’s economy - Maine is giving student borrowers a second chance. In the state’s new program, the state will help recent grads pay off their student loan debt through a state-tax reimbursement, ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 a year over a ten-year period. States shouldn’t have to go it alone. Tell Congress to forgive federal student loan debt. Large student loan burdens have meant graduates aren’t investing in themselves or the economy like past generations of Americans. It’s easy to see why. Forty-four million Americans are carrying the burden of student loan debt, amounting to a whopping $1.5 trillion. For perspective, America’s credit card debt was $1 trillion in 2017. Only one-third of student loans are in repayment, the rest has essentially been put on hold or is in default. Across the U.S., 1 million Americans default on their student loans every year. By 2023, 40% of borrowers will default on their student loans - pushing us all into the next recession and shrinking the middle class. Whether or not you have student loan debt, student loan defaults will devastate the economy - hurling us all into the next recession. Tell Congress to prevent the next recession before it happens, forgive student loan debt.

Terry Turner
9,627 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Florida Atlantic University, FAU House of Representatives

Remove Wendy’s from the Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University

ProblemWendy’s executives have refused to join the Fair Food Program, an agreement designed and implemented by farmworkers to protect them from mistreatment, wage garnishing, sexual harassment, and other human rights violations in the fields. Although many other corporations have signed the program, such as McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King, Walmart, and Subway; Wendy’s refuses. Florida Atlantic University should cut ties with Wendy's by removing them from FAU, in order to send a message that Wendy's behavior will not be tolerated.________________________________________________________Agricultural workers in the United States have long been among the worst treated people in the nation. Tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida list their grievances as including:  forced labor sub-poverty wages ($40/day on average) long hours (15 hours/day) without overtime pay when work is available unemployment and transience when it is not denial of break time, meal time, sick days, and holidays denial of healthcare and pensions physical abuse and fraud by growers, crewleaders, supervisors, and recruiters; damage to body and soul from back-breaking labor, exposure to pesticides, and lack of basic medical care Dilapidated, crowded, and indecent housing at exorbitant prices; discrimination against immigrants, women, and the aged retaliation and blacklisting against workers who protest or organize to alleviate these inhuman conditions (Bringing Human Rights Home: A History of Human Rights in the United States, 2009.) Things are changing for farmworkers, however. Over a decade ago, born from informal gatherings of farmworkers dedicated to addressing their problems, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was created. It has grown into an organization dedicated to using the power of collective action to improve farmworkers’ lives. The CIW created the Fair Food Program, a revolutionary model of change  addressed to those who had the power to influence working conditions: the purchasers of their tomatoes. The CIW drafted the Fair Food Agreement: a simple contract where buyers agree to pay 1 penny more per pound of tomatoes and only buy from farmers who have signed onto the program, which includes a number of stipulations about fair and legal treatment of workers. After a series of protests and actions, including many successful student-lead efforts to kick Taco Bell off of their campuses, Yum! Brands (parent corporation of Taco Bell and KFC) became the first to sign the agreement. Since then, many of the largest tomato purchasers including Walmart, Chipotle, Whole Foods, McDonald’s, and Subway have signed the agreement. The Fair Food Program has improved the quality of worker’s lives vastly. Worker-to-worker education programs have been implemented to great success, and over 135,000 workers have been educated about their labor rights. Wages have increased drastically. A bilingual hotline was created for reporting violations in the field. Participating farms are audited regularly. Workers now enjoy legally-afforded shade and breaks during work, and sexual violence has decreased dramatically. The FFP has spread far beyond Immokalee and been lauded by Bill Clinton as “brilliant,” by Jimmy Carter as a “model of social responsibility,” and by the New York Times as “the best workplace monitoring program” in the US. Wendy’s is among the last companies to not sign the Fair Food agreement. Wendy’s has refused even to meet with members of the CIW; and has in fact started purchasing from Mexican tomato farms, where slavery, child labor, and exploitative company stores are common. In so doing, Wendy’s supports the continuation of child labor, extreme poverty, slavery, and verbal and sexual harassment of workers. Wendy’s enables a harmful culture of unaccountability for companies who ignore problems that they can easily take action against. The CIW launched a national boycott against Wendy’s over 5 years ago and in order to hold them accountable for what they enable. We stand in solidarity with farmworkers and petition Florida Atlantic University administration to remove Wendy’s from our campus.

Gabriella Miernik
101 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to CollegeNet

Don't shut down CollegeNet Scholarships

CollegeNet is an online scholarship competition who has given out $2.5M over the last few years to thousands of students. In CollegeNet's own words they said they are an experiment to give the next generation more say over who wins the money to advance through our education system. If you are a student who needs a scholarship or you are a former student trying to pay off loans, you can earn money by writing on topics in ways that persuade others to vote for you. Now CNet is saying they have been "blind" to the economic backgrounds and wants to pay more attention to that and is shutting down their scholarship competition.   CollegeNet has given voice to thousands of students and has provided a financial need for current students and former students who are crippled by student loans. The beauty that was CNet is that anyone can join and who wins is who is willing to put in the time and dedication. While we applaud CNet on wanting to be more aware to those who are economically in need that term is very broad. If we weren't in need of extra financial assistance then we wouldn't be putting in the hours a day that CNet requires for you to win a weekly scholarship. It is not an easy task. Majority of scholarships available cannot be applied to those with student loans or pursuing graduate degrees, but CNet can be.  CollegeNet has also offered a sense of community. It provides a safe place for participants to share their voice, discuss common interests, debate controversial topics, and provide support. The fact that you have to get other competitors to vote of you facilitates a friendly, open, and enlightening environment.  This scholarship has created an amazing opportunity that allows thousands to participate and lighten their financial load. Please don't take this amazing opportunity away from this group full of crazy strangers who have all become friends during their academic pursuits. 

Daniella Griffay
44 supporters