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Coronavirus Epidemic

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Update posted 20 hours ago

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

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As the Biden administration takes office, the country is deeply struggling. We’re out of work and out of cash. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Another single check won’t solve our problems – people are just too far behind. Like we’ve been saying from the beginning of this pandemic, people need to know when the next check is coming. And the best thing our government can do right now is send emergency money to the people on a monthly basis. Sign to join our movement to get recurring checks to the people.  My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine.  I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.  But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.

Stephanie Bonin
2,045,716 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Miguel Cardona

President Biden: Cancel student loans in the first 100 days.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no money needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.   The federal student loan program has gone horribly awry.  Before the Pandemic,  45.4 million people held federal student loans and over 80% of them were either unable to pay, or were paying but their balances were going up.  Nineteen U.S. states owe more in student loans than their entire state budgets. People over 50 years old outnumber people under 25 with student loans and 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 reasonable 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.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy. We call on President Biden to do this in his first 100 days in office, and replace this failed lending system with a less expensive, and more state-friendly funding model for higher education in this country.  We also call on the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy protections to ALL student loans, by executive order and through legislation. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the new borrowing that enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression. 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.  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 wildly on these loans for many years, and the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans for decades.  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- if any- loss when these loans are cancelled. This is YOUR PETITION.  It requires more than your signature to succeed.  Please get everyone you know to sign, paste the link to it across social media platforms, and tell your local media to report on it.  Also: Give it a boost.  Taking all of these actions will help tremendously! THE SUCCESS OF THIS PETITION DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON YOUR EFFORT.  PLEASE...DO YOUR PART. Join us on Facebook Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan justice.org
996,272 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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

Forgive Student Loan Debt for Healthcare Providers Responding to COVID-19

We implore the United States Congress to pass legislation forgiving all remaining student debt for the heroes fighting to keep our country alive. Student debt is only one of the many burdens faced by those combating COVID-19 to save as many patients as possible, but it is one Congress has the power to ease.  Healthcare workers are putting their lives and those of their families at risk on the front lines of the international COVID-19 crisis. As a group, nurses, attending physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and resident physicians are working in uncertain, understaffed, dangerous conditions. Some have been redeployed from their usual clinical duties, many without appropriate personal protective equipment and other supplies.  We have been seeing stories of healthcare workers separated from family, depressed, anxious, working extended hours, sick, and dying. On 3/24/2020 a nurse from New York passed away from complications of COVID-19, likely contracted while working with patients, and there are more to come.  The mounting pile of student debt is an enormous weight carried by these workers, especially those who attended college and graduate school for 8+ years. For instance the average medical school graduate’s debt load now exceeds $200,000 (Source: National Center for Education Statistics).  The recently enacted CARES Act mandating a six-month freeze on interest and the option to take a break from payments on federal student loans is helpful, but does not go far enough to give assistance to those providing direct care during this pandemic.   Let’s show our support as a nation by easing the financial burden - allowing them to afford housing away from family, care for their children while they are working, medical care including mental health services, and relief from the many other extraordinary, intangible costs of providing on the front lines during this time.  Thank you for considering supporting this bill. Your constituents, those benefiting from the thankless work done by these healthcare workers every day, want to see this debt forgiven.  

Jamarie Geller
227,639 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Davis Joint Unified School District

Safety First Postpone Davis Schools Re-Opening

During the Spring Break, The Davis Joint Unified has made key decisions regarding the re-opening of schools in Davis, without proper consultation, outreach or solid input from unduplicated families in the district. Unduplicated families in the district include the most vulnerable populations including the English Learners, foster youth, homeless and low-income students in our district. The DJUSD has repeatedly failed to provide equitable and inclusive material regarding proper COVID-19 protocol education, as well as adequate information and access to bilingual pages on the website, resulting in unequal information to Spanish speakers and other English Learners.  Furthermore, many EL educators, parents and others such as special needs advocates raising key concerns have not only been largely ignored, but have also been censored during the Superintendent Advisory and District Board meetings. We demand that all students, parents and staff be adequately trained with more than just a 15 minute video right before attending school during the newly adopted re-opening schedule.  There needs to be proper COVID-19 protocol education embedded not only in the student curriculum (as it should have been all along regardless of continued participation in distance learning) but also in the professional development of all staff and administration within the Davis Joint Unified during the course of the entire school year. Some parents in the DJUSD, including employees working in the local hospital with children in the Davis Joint Unified, seem to think this virus is not real or "not a big deal" because it has not affected them or their families.  However, as we have seen cases disproportionately affecting our BBIPOC communities (as nearly half the COVID deaths in CA are Latinx for example) it is clear that our vulnerable families will bear the greatest risk returning to school. That doesn't even include a conversation regarding new and more dangerous variants of the virus as well! Please join us as we find justice for our most vulnerable students and demand that the Davis Joint Unified and other school districts in Yolo County provide proper training for all students, parents and staff in the district, before re-opening - regardless of their continued participation in distance learning.  Working with the County, we can successfully and SAFELY re-open the schools so that everyone can return to an equitable, inclusive and just transition towards a post-pandemic world. This means providing bilingual information, using surveys, Peachjar and other alternative forms of communication like mailing flyers and texting, in order to provide outreach, gather input and to provide information (including documents regarding returning to school models) for not only the unduplicated families, but all other families in the district facing the digital divide. For the health and safety of all our community...please postpone the re-opening of schools in Yolo County until these key issues are adequately addressed.

Lupita T
36 supporters