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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.

Student Loans can be cancelled with nothing needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.  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 rights to ALL student loans, by executive order and through Congress by passing S.2598 and HR.4907. In the past two years, Trillions in stimulus (including PPP loans that don't need to be repaid) required money to be drawn from the Treasury, and added to the national debt. However, the President can cancel $1.3 Trillion in federally owned student loans with $0 needed from the Treasury, and $0 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 not paying (64.3%), 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 don't account for increased borrowing  that will enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc.   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 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: Follow us on Twitter. Do this quick Special Project. Join your state chapter group, and our Facebook Group. Do a month worth of the daily actions. Call both of your senators & tell them to support S.2598   Tell your local media to report on the petition. Give it a boost. WE GOT THIS.  STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. 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
1,140,213 supporters
This petition won 5 days ago

Petition to Kathy Hochul

Patrick Stephens deserves clemency!

This petition was created in 2020 to support the request for clemency that was originally submitted to former Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018. Patrick’s request was ignored by Cuomo and the Executive Clemency Bureau, but we had high hopes that the new Governor Kathy Hochul would pick up the slack and actually do the clemency work she assured us she would.  Well, Patrick finally presented before the New York State Board of Parole for the first time on February 8, 2022. Patrick has helped SO many men prepare for their own parole board hearings and it was finally his turn. The same reasons he should’ve been granted clemency were presented to the Parole Board. We prayed he wouldn’t experience the perpetual punishment of denied parole and about a week and a half later, we received the confirmation that Patrick was granted parole! While we were waiting on parole, we were still hopeful that Governor Hochul could and would intervene and still grant Patrick the clemency we’ve been requesting for over 3 years. However, soon after parole was granted, Patrick received the first and only correspondence from the governor stating that because he was granted parole, she no longer has an interest in his clemency request. Bogus, but expected. Patrick will be released on parole on May 18, 2022 and we are so grateful that the Parole Board did what the Governor lacked the courage and compassion to do. ———————————————————- Clemency means forgiveness or leniency in judgment; to show mercy.  A commutation of sentence (a form of executive clemency) reduces an incarcerated person’s current sentence.  Please support clemency for Patrick Stephens.  Patrick is in his 24th year of a 25 year to life sentence for murder, committed in 1995 when he was only 22 years old.  Although a first time violent offender, he was sentenced the maximum time possible for second-degree murder; the minimum being 15 years.  Patrick's quest for personal growth and demonstrated commitment to helping others unquestionably meets the criteria the State has used to define those worthy of clemency - he “has made exceptional strides in self-development and improvement; has made responsible use of available rehabilitative programs; has addressed identified treatment needs and the commutation is in the interest of justice, consistent with public safety and the rehabilitation of the applicant” See Apply for Clemency, Commutations, available at http://www.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency (last visited April 4, 2020).  With the strong support of his family, he has a reentry plan in place that will set him up for success upon his release.   Patrick is now 48 years old.  He has made remarkable strides while in prison, including earning his Associate’s Degree and Bachelor's Degree from Bard College. And as of September 2020, he earned his Master’s Degree from New York Theological Seminary.  He has received certificates and licenses in approximately 20 programs, learned (and is now fluent in) Spanish, and is a member of the Bard Debate Union.  In addition to his educational growth, Patrick has dedicated his time to helping other incarcerated individuals, including those with HIV and AIDS. Patrick has participated in several programs that helped reframe his way of thinking about conflict resolution and communicating with others.  Beyond this, he has facilitated and developed programs and workshops on behalf of other incarcerated men, displaying a pattern of community commitment.   Most importantly, Patrick has learned what he did not know when he was just 22—that violence and taking a life is never the answer to resolve conflict. He takes full responsibility for his actions and is sorry for the life lost and the pain he caused the family. A common theme in the numerous letters of support written on Patrick's behalf is one of growth, change, and maturity. The letters speak of his change in thinking, calm and thoughtful demeanor, and encouragement and mentorship of others—a far cry from the rebellious, impulsive 22 year-old who committed the offense. The fact that so many people felt compelled to write letters is a testament to his character. Patrick has clearly demonstrated he is remorseful and willing to live up to his potential to be a valued member of society.  With his educational achievements during his incarceration, there is minimal risk of repeated offense and recidivism.  His family and contacts in the academic community will provide an extensive support network, further reducing the risk.  Further incarceration no longer serves any purpose for the People of New York.  Therefore, in the interest of justice and reform, Patrick Stephens should be granted clemency. For additional information about Patrick's experience and achievements, please visit DoingSorry.com.  Thank you for your support!

Alana S.
7,480 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Carolyn B. Maloney, Terry Cavanaugh, Brad Hoylman

Don't let Fox News call itself `news`

This petition asks that the FCC revoke Fox News' license until 'News' is removed from its branding, or until it revises its practices to conform with standards of broadcast journalism. The undersigned understand why the FCC does not want to limit protected speech, but demand the FCC enforce its mandate to protect the public interest as concerns broadcasting. The FCC states that "broadcast licensees may not intentionally distort the news," and that "rigging or slanting the news is a most heinous act against the public interest." So why is a cable TV channel allowed to lie, distort, and promote solely Republican causes under the banner of "news"? Since John Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid, Fox News has had a clear right-wing agenda, and it has become steadily more biased since Obama's 2008 election. In the Trump era, it has been documented repeatedly (by Politico, by the Washington Post, by Newsweek) how the president repeats talking points from Fox, which in turn broadcasts pro-Trump messaging. Fox News employees join the Trump White House and vice versa; the line between the two is gone. We are witnessing for the first time on American soil televised propaganda, in the style of  fascist and authoritarian regimes. If you haven't noticed this on your own already, it's fully explained by investigative journalist Jane Mayer here.  According to the FCC website "there are two issues related to broadcast journalism that are subject to Commission regulation: hoaxes and news distortion." As measured by Politifact, Fox News is "Mixed factually and borderline Questionable based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories that later must be retracted after being widely shared." This constant stream of misinformation has had a direct impact on the the last several elections, essentially defrauding the nation. In April 2020 their science-denial and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic is literally killing people. We say, enough, this is madness. Fox News is incompatible with democracy and public health. Right now this country is suffering an epidemic of ignorance. Trump is only a symptom; Fox News is a leading cause, a political operation masquerading as a journalism outlet. Enforcing our broadcasting rules is part of the cure. To be delivered to: FCC Enforcement Chief Rosemary Harold, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Office of NY State District 27, where Fox News has its main office and facilities.

Chris Monroe
16,038 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom

$1125​ - $4500 CA State Stimulus Check 4 All Low-Income & Social Security Recipients 2022.

The State of California anticipates another $47.5 billion surplus 2022-23 fiscal year, thanks again to California's tax paying residents in 2021.  Republican Sen. Brian Jones estimated in an online video that this summer once again taxpayers could get stimulus payments totaling $1125, or up to $4500 for a family of four. Still no mention of any of this surplus money going to help those who really need and could use this money the most, Those who do not file any California state federal taxes.  Low-income residents,(SSDI) Social Security Disability Insurance, and (SSA) Social Security Admin., recipients, which include VA Disability, (SSI) Supplemental Security Income, and (SSP) State Supplementary Payments beneficiaries have all been excluded from any California State Stimulus money if taxes have not been filed for the previous year. In 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a one time $600​ - $1100 California Golden State Stimulus Check I and II for more than 4.5M tax payers that had filed their 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021.  California had a $76 billion dollar surplus thanks to taxes paid by Californians who benefited the most during the 2020 pandemic, but (SSDI), (SSA), (SSI), (SSP), VA Disability recipients, and low-income residents were not included in any of these GSS plans or packages who did not file any taxes. Governor Newsom stated that the extra stimulus money should help California residents who suffered financial difficulties during the pandemic to get back on their feet. So why have (SSDI), (SSA), (SSI), (SSP),  VA Disability, California recipients and low-income residents who do not pay California taxes been left out of these stimulus packages who are in desperate of this money?  California is one of the richest states in the nation, all low-income people which include those who do not pay any state or federal taxes should not be excluded from any state stimulus plans or packages. (SSDI) Social Security Disability Insurance, (SSA) Social Security Admin.,which include VA Disability, (SSI) Supplemental Security Income, and (SSP) State Supplementary Payments, beneficiaries and recipients as well as low-income residents only survive on their monthly benefits.  The cost of this pandemic has put an additional strain on these beneficiaries and residents of the state.  The 5.9%, 2022, COLA raise is simply not enough with the continued high cost of food, rent, utilities, and health insurance an extra $1125 - $4500 could go a long way for these beneficiaries and low-income residents who do not pay any state taxes Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security Admin., recipients and low-income residents did not automatically qualify for the Golden State Stimulus payment because most do not file state federal taxes which is needed in order to quality for the California's 2021 State Stimulus I and II, and the California State Stimulus 2022, even though (SSDI) recipients have paid taxes into the Social Security system for a least seven years in order to even be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. (SSDI), (SSA), (SSI), (SSP), Veteran recipients and low-income residents were not left out of:  Cares Act of 2020, $1200  Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021, $600 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, $1400 Each and everyone of us are going through these pandemic variant's and continues to go through them, now with the war on the Ukraine price are quadrupling! Please sign this petition to continue helping me in helping all of us by letting Governor Gavin Newsom know that It's a New Year (SSDI), (SSA) including (SSI), (SSP), VA Disability recipients as well as all low-income California state residents who do not file any state taxes should benefit and not be left out or excluded from receiving a $1125 - $4500 State Stimulus payment in 2022 Thank you so much for Caring, Signing, Posting, Sharing and Donating!!!  Let's continue to make our voices heard. Here's the link to share: www.change.org/californiastatestimulus  

Sherriel Weithers
6,141 supporters