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Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona, Richard Cordray, James Kvaal, Toby Merrill

POTUS: Cancel Federal Student Loans, and Return Bankruptcy Rights to All Student Loans.

Follow us on Twitter! Student Loans can be cancelled with nothing needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.  President Biden promised to broadly cancel student loans before the election.  Now, he appears to be reneging on this pledge. We call on President Biden to cancel all federally owned loans by executive order.  We also call on both the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy protections to ALL student loans, by executive order and through Congress. During the pandemic, Trillions in stimulus (including PPP loans that don't need to be repaid) require money to be drawn from the Treasury, and add to the national debt. The President can, however, cancel $1.3 Trillion in federally owned student loans with nothing needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt. He can also order the Department of Education to stop opposing student loan borrowers in bankruptcy court. Before the pandemic,  45.4 million people were holding federal student loans, and 80% were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  Today, student debt in over one-third of U.S. states exceeds their total annual budgets. Older people outnumber younger people with student debt, and they owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, but they borrowed less than a third of what is being borrowed today.   The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is roughly four times higher than the default rate for sub-prime home mortgages.  By all rational metrics, this is now a catastrophically failed, and nationally threatening lending system.  We do not have to take this. Cancelling these loans will greatly stimulate the economy.  Analysts estimate that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they fail to account for increased borrowing capacity that will enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc.  This would be an additional $1 Trillion (roughly) in direct spending in the near/medium term.   This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states.    Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are wrong.  80% of all borrowers were "underwater" on their loans before the pandemic. All borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for the loans. More than 40% never graduated. Most borrowers are over the age of 35, and owe far more than younger people despite having borrowed far less.  The most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so they won't benefit. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting greatly on these loans for many years, and the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans for decades.  While it is not known how much of the $1.6 Trillion federal portfolio is unpaid principal, it is likely a small fraction of the total. On balance, the taxpayers will have very little- if any- net loss when these loans are cancelled. *** THIS PETITION NEEDS MORE THAN JUST YOUR SIGNATURE TO SUCCEED!  PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO HELP IT GROW: ***   Call both of your senators.   Join your state chapter group, and our Facebook Group. Tell your local media to report on the petition. Give it a boost.   We can do this!  Check out the recent media we've been featured in! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  Contact

Student Loan Justice
1,077,970 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Demand FDA Approval for Emergency Use of Ivermectin for Covid 19 Treatment

DAntiviral ResearchAvailable online 3 April 2020, 104787The FDA-approved Drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitroAuthor links open overlay panelLeonCaly1Julian D.Druce1Mike G.Catton1David A.Jans2Kylie M.Wagstaff2https://doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2020.104787Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons licenseopen access  Highlights•Ivermectin is an inhibitor of the COVID-19 causative virus (SARS-CoV-2) in vitro.•A single treatment able to effect ∼5000-fold reduction in virus at 48h in cell culture.•Ivermectin is FDA-approved for parasitic infections, and therefore has a potential for repurposing.•Ivermectin is widely available, due to its inclusion on the WHO model list of essential medicines.The FDA-approved Drug Ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro Although several clinical trials are now underway to test possible therapies, the worldwide response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been largely limited to monitoring/containment. We report here that Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic previously shown to have broad-spectrum anti-viral activity in vitro, is an inhibitor of the causative virus (SARS-CoV-2), with a single addition to Vero-hSLAM cells 2 hours post infection with SARS-CoV-2 able to effect ∼5000-fold reduction in viral RNA at 48 h. Ivermectin therefore warrants further investigation for possible benefits in humans.Ivermectin is an FDA-approved broad spectrum anti-parasitic agent1 that in recent years we, along with other groups, have shown to have anti-viral activity against a broad range of viruses2, 3, 4, 5 in vitro. Originally identified as an inhibitor of interaction between the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) integrase protein (IN) and the importin (IMP) α/β1 heterodimer responsible for IN nuclear import6, Ivermectin has since been confirmed to inhibit IN nuclear import and HIV-1 replication5. Other actions of ivermectin have been reported7, but ivermectin has been shown to inhibit nuclear import of host (eg.8,9) and viral proteins, including simian virus SV40 large tumour antigen (T-ag) and dengue virus (DENV) non-structural protein 55, 6. Importantly, it has been demonstrated to limit infection by RNA viruses such as DENV 1-44, West Nile Virus10, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV)3 and influenza2, with this broad spectrum activity believed to be due to the reliance by many different RNA viruses on IMPα/β1 during infection11,12. Ivermectin has similarly been shown to be effective against the DNA virus pseudorabies virus (PRV) both in vitro and in vivo, with ivermectin treatment shown to increase survival in PRV-infected mice13. Efficacy was not observed for ivermectin against Zika virus (ZIKV) in mice, but the authors acknowledged that study limitations justified re-evaluation of ivermectin’s anti-ZIKV activity14. Finally, ivermectin was the focus of a phase III clinical trial in Thailand in 2014-2017, against DENV infection, in which a single daily oral dose was observed to be safe and resulted in a significant reduction in serum levels of viral NS1 protein, but no change in viremia or clinical benefit was observed (see below)15.

Diana Z
1,668 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Carroll County Board of Education

Allow and Encourage remote learning for CCPS schools.

To Superintendent, Dr. Steven A. Lockard, and the Board of Education.  Covid-19 school cases are higher than ever in our county than any other point during the pandemic. Families who are concerned with the latest surge in COVID-19 cases currently have no alternative to in-person learning. Children must be given the option to do distance learning instead of in person classes, in order to keep students, faculty members, and their families safe from the deadly virus.  The last high spike in Carroll County, MD was in January of 2021. It didn't hit more 200 new cases in a day. On Dec 28 alone, we hit 1,660 new cases, and continue to hit more. Two high schools in the county hit 70+ covid cases as of 1/5/22. In total, CCPS has 1197 new Covid cases as of 1/5/22. We need to keep our children safe. I am calling on students, parents, and faculty staff to sign and share this petition, and save lives. Students should not be forced to get sick, even when it is 'mild'. Students should not be forced to decide between keeping immunocompromised love ones safe, or their grades and graduation requirements. Prince George's county and Baltimore county have already started offering kids Virtual Learning options to keep families healthy. Carroll County hasn't offered good methods to stop the spread of Covid. In fact, CCPS schools did just the opposite, reducing the quarantine time for those who test positive, down from 10 days to now 5 days.  The majority of students in our school are not wearing masks inside classrooms, or wearing them improperly. The mask rule is being poorly enforced. We are also not socially distanced in our building, and the extra-curricular activities are Covid spreading grounds. I see many students struggling, feeling forced to go to school sick with Covid, or untested, because remote learning isn't being offered. Students and families are afraid of falling behind in schoolwork, fearing they won't pass. Since we don't offer remote learning, we are forcing students who have families with high-risk loved ones to put their families in danger for their future dreams of college and jobs. Every parent and student should be offered the choice to for their family to go virtual.  We, the students and families of Carroll County Public Schools, NEED to be offered remote learning.  If you've already signed and shared, consider sending an email to the president of the board of ed (kakiler@carrollk12.org) or Superintendent Dr. Lockard (Steven.Lockard@carrollk12.org)

Valox Keltner
58 supporters