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

POTUS: Cancel All Federal Student Loans, and Return Consumer Protections to the Rest.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Before the pandemic,  80% of the 45.4 million people holding federal student loans were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  Over one-third of U.S. states have student debt loads that eclipse their entire state budgets. People over the age of 50 with student loans outnumber people under 25, and they owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and they took out less than a third of what today's students have to borrow.   The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is more than four times the default rate of 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. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed to cancel all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no congressional approval or appropriation is needed.  The President can also order the Department of Education to stop opposing student loan borrowers in bankruptcy court.  For the good of the nation, it is time to end this broken federal lending system.  We call on President Biden cancel all federally owned loans by executive order, and replace this failed lending system with a less expensive, more state-friendly funding model for higher education.  We also call on both the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy protections to ALL student loans, by executive order and through legislation. This will greatly stimulate the economy.  Analysts have estimated that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they neglect 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 federal loans. More than 40% never graduated.   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. PLEASE HELP GROW THIS PETITION: Re-tweet this, and follow us. Paste the link to it across social media platforms. Get at least two people you know to sign. Tell your local media to report on it. Give it a boost. PLEASE...DO YOUR PART.  THIS HISTORIC PETITION REQUIRES MORE THAN JUST YOUR SIGNATURE TO SUCCEED- Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press). 

Student Loan Justice
1,042,989 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, Senior Vice Chancellor Ron Anderson, Minnesota State Universities and Colleges, Minnesota State University Moorhead, President Anne Blackhurst

Be Compassionate - Expand Minnesota State University Moorhead's Pass/Fail Options

Everything has changed with the introduction of COVID-19. Classes are moving online. Facilities are closed. Staff are working from home. Educators are racing to revamp lesson plans. Students are moving off-campus and trying to adjust to our new normal.  None of this is normal. We need to readjust and be more compassionate to ourselves and others in this time of crisis. We, as students, feel vulnerable and shaken as everything around us is changing. This is a genuinely scary moment in our nation's history. Students under this stress and anxiety cannot be expected to perform at our usual academic levels. David Perry (University of Minnesota - Senior Academic Advisor) created the hashtag #PassFailNation to highlight this issue. He wrote for CNN, "the only way through this [is] to abandon pretensions of rigor or normality." He elaborated, "We're all going to need to prioritize empathy, kindness and trust as we move through the next few weeks and maybe months. Students are going through profound dislocations because of the coronavirus pandemic and simply cannot be expected to do good work while moving, being isolated, shifting to online learning and other changes." We, the students of Minnesota State University Moorhead, agree.  Other schools have switched to pass/fail for this semester as a way to alleviate student stress. Beyond the more 'famous' schools like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford; some Minnesotan schools are already switching to this model.  Macalester has adjusted and allowed to students change their Spring 2020 courses to Satisfactory/D/No Credit.  A successful petition for the University of Minnesota received nearly 9,000 signatures. The administration agreed to offer pass/fail grades for students forced to switch to online courses during this crisis. These pass/fail grades will still count towards graduation -- even in major/minor courses.  We demand that Chancellor Malhotra and the administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead (particularly President Anne Blackhurst) expand the pass/fail options available to students. Asking us to proceed like everything is normal is an outrageous demand. Not every student has the access or ability to do their best work online during a major public health crisis. Not every student has access to a safe and quiet place to work. There is a learning curve inherent in online courses for both students and faculty. The emotional, physical, and logistical burdens we face this spring are incredible. So we must make incredible changes in line with other universities and colleges to protect our students and allow ourselves room to learn under these new conditions.  To that end, we say: Students must be held harmless if they choose to transition to the pass/fail option. These pass/fail grades must count as credit towards graduation. This must include major/minor courses. Even better than pass/fail, MSUM may offer grades of EP/EF (ES/ENC) or "Emergency Pass or Fail" to signify on transcripts the crisis going on while students completed their Spring 2020 courses. Students who wish to retain their A-F grades may be allowed if they so choose. 

Andie Wood
47 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Bill Lee, Sheriff Tom Spangler, District Attorney Charme Allen, Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, Criminal and General Session Judges, Tennessee Health Deptartment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19: Demand immediate release for those incarcerated in Knox County jail

With precaution taken by our country and state to protect the most vulnerable amongst us from the COVID-19, we are here to sound the alarm for those people in custody who will be exposed within the Knox County Jail system. Several people are being held in pretrial detention and the juvenile facility. Our call is for the immediate release of those in Knox County detention facility and the juvenile detention center. With Knoxville having a confirmed case already and with the Supreme court issuing an order to suspend all in-person judicial proceedings through March 31, it is imperative the jail system act now. Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency for Tennessee as of March 12. We are echoing the call of health officials around the world of limiting the number of people who are gathered in one space. Detention facilities are a high-risk breeding ground that will quickly get out of control if precautions are not taken now. We have already seen how the virus wreaks havoc on communities in confined spaces, i.e., nursing homes and cruise ships. The jail population has an increased exposure with the constant turn around of people like attorneys, staff, probation and medical staff in and out daily, Which puts the general population at a higher risk as well.  Locking down facilities and taking away visitation is not a sustainable or humane solution. These solutions are temporary, not thought out, and increase mental health crises. We call for the immediate release of those with medical issues, elderly and pregnant. We call for pretrial release, and the end of ice holds. We call for emergency bond hearings to release on own recognizance. We call a halt to all in-person probation and parole meetings. Immediate release of all pre-trial detentions. Instant access to free phone calls and video visitation. We demand urgent healthcare given to those in need. We also call for the release of all individuals on the Work Release Program and those being held on child support. Upon release there needs to be a comprehensive plan that providing immediate unrestricted resources to those returning home in a state of emergency. Community Groups that Support Our Demands:Knoxville Black Mama's Bail OutKnoxville City Council MovementICE Out of East TNProgressive Student Alliance at UTK

Community Defense of East TN
1,271 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to People of the State of California

Impeach Governor Gavin Newsom

Impeach Governor Gavin Newsom for his neglect to fix the roads of California, for his mishandling of the Coronavirus, for his tyranny of closing of businesses all across the State of California, and for his lies to the People of the State of California through his many unnecessary and childishly asinine media appearances, where he tough talks a TV and forgets that there are actual free—thinking humans on the other side of the screen watching him forcefully express his White Privilege over the citizens that are depending on him to protect their businesses and uphold his oath he took when he was granted a seat in office by his familial relative, Nancy Pelosi, and her overgrown super PAC. California Governor Gavin Newsom is lying about the Coronavirus. The disease not only doesn't exist, but he's stabbing people with a q-tip and placing victims on ventilators which spread disease and viruses down your esophagus and this can be very deadly to someone with a weak immune system, no matter their age. The amounts of people sacrificing their lives for something that doesn't exist is far too many. The hospitals are involved in the biggest scam ever where they're profiting up to 3x per patient, especially when said patient(s) received the unsanitary practice of intubation from their physician. The profits could also include insurance scams as well. If we allow this to go on any further, we're only going to turn into New York, where Governor Cuomo has sacrificed so many people that they're keeping dead bodies in unrefrigerated uhauls, to where local funeral homes and crematoriums can't keep up. Is that what you want for the State of California? To keep collecting the corrupt State crooks money at the cost of real human lives? They've promised us a paycheck to shut our mouths and keep us inside. Well, I say enough is enough of this dumpster fire. We must evict Gavin Newsom from Politics and charge him for his crimes of fraud on the American people. A convicted federal felon donated more than four million dollars to influence California politics and the money was accepted by California Governor Gavin Newsom, the vast majority of members of the state legislature, and both major political parties. That felon is PG&E. Newsome accepted $208,000 from PG&E. PG&E influences our politics despite felony convictions and being blamed for starting fires that killed 107 people. While the wildfires across California were raging there's also speculation that human trafficking kidnapping was taking place.  I can't actually believe the level of commitment to exercise the authoritarian overreach of this coward in office, Gavin Newsom, and the others who are continuing to carry the political extortion torch in the ways they're choosing to do. Seems the petition for his impeachment is giving this coward in office a whole different tone about enforcing a ridiculous "stay at home order." Governor Gavin Newsom would rather continue to lie to the people of California. He says he's motivated by your health, however, the fact of the matter is clear that his motivation truly lies within his political overreach in an attempt to silence my presidential campaign, and I do not find this cute, funny, nor even acceptable at all. This is an act of treason like never seen before, and affirmative action is and will continue to be taken, and the start of the impeachment petition for his removal from office is by far the least of any incumbent politicians' worries that care to continue to keep up the charades of a fairy tale virus that I'm sure doesn't even exist. Gavin has the audacity to suggest that he's going to enforce "community surveillance," however, I suggest that Gavin minds the business that is his job of fixing the roads & similar responsibilities. Gavin, you and your constituents might want to choose a different target. The people of California are through with your game of charades and now the time has come to show your cards. Turns out that the tides are turning against you, Newsom, you're bluffing. The games up. Do you agree, or are you just going to sit there staring in disgust? Are you really going to allow a greased politician to control us using such wild methods of communism and socialism? Are you gonna just sit there and allow him to exercise authoritarian overreach and continue to grossly neglect not only the sacredness of a human life, but also the roads we drive our cars we're paying so much money to have on? Or are you going to show him what's up and let him and the rest of the incumbent politicians know that we're not playing around about our freedoms and sign this petition?

Chance Trahan
2,677 supporters