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

President Biden: Cancel Federal Student Loans, and Return Bankruptcy Rights to the Rest.

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   During the pandemic, we've given $1 Trillion in loans that don't need to be repaid to small businesse, and additional trillions doled out to businesses, governments, individuals, colleges, and others.  This all required money to be drawn from the Treasury, and added to the national debt. Cancelling $1.6 Trillion in federal student loans, on the other hand, will require nothing from the Treasury, and will add nothing to the national debt. 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, 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 the 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. HELP US 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
1,049,682 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to NYS Department of Corrections Executive Clemency Bureau, Andrew M. Cuomo

Approve Commutation Request

Juan Rivas, 11A3744 was only 19 when he was charged in 2010 of Criminal Sale Firearm and Criminal Sale Control Substance in 2010.  He came from a very respectful family, attended private school and had an excellent upbringing.  However, Mr. Rivas fell into the wrong crowd and fast life of living in NYS.  He was received in the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on 8/23/2011.  Mr. Rivas received a Aggregate Minimum sentence of 0 years and a Maximum sentence of 16 years.  Mr. Rivas has completed more than 50% of his sentence in NYS prisons.   During his time in prison he underwent surgery and has developed respiratory ailments and severe allergies and asthma that cause him to take several medications to sleep and function throughout the day.  Mr. Rivas is now 30 years old.  He is classified as a mental health inmate receiving services for depression and anxiety.   Although Mr. Rivas is not innocent on his actions, Mr. Rivas was a child, acting in accordance to what he was told by his peers.  He acted on no recognizance and was forced to take the full sentence, while others received 1 year of probation for their participation in the crime; unjustly to charge the youngest participant in the case because he was vulnerable, threatened to receive 30+ years if he did not accept the plea amongst other things. Mr. Rivas is now married and receives support from his family and friends.  His wife and family have developed a resume based on skills he has obtained in prisons to enable him to find employment when he is released in addition, are assisting and encouraging Mr. Rivas to complete his GED.  Mr. Rivas has been transferred several times that he has been unable to complete the GED exam, a flaw that the system is not trying to reintegrate these inmates back into society as law abiding systems, but expecting them to return to these prisons as failures when they were not provided with the adequate tools, resources and training to live productive lives outside of the systems walls.  His wife is employed as a Business Manager as well as owns her own party planning business and has been a strong support system for Mr. Rivas in the last 4 years. This petition is to assist Mr. Rivas family and supporters move the commutation application along for immediate consideration and release of Mr. Rivas.

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Pennsylvania Governor

Wrongful Conviction/Imprisonment During This Coronavirus Pandemic: Exonerate/Release

Mr. Mitchell Williams was wrongfully convicted in 2009 for armed robbery. At the time of the alleged armed robbery Mr. Willams was not inside the residence where the alleged robbery had taken place. On February 10, 2009 on the stand the "Witness" (Mitchell's ex girlfiends mother) was asked "Now, was Mr. Williams in your home on the night of the alleged robbery?"... She replied "No." The daughter of the witness (the ex girlfriend of Mr. Williams) later confessed via mail (letter) to Mr. Williams in prison that he was set up & her mother was one of the people who set Mr. Williams' up. Post Mr. Williams' conviction he has received many letters & JPay money payments to the prison from the alleged Witness/Victims of the alleged armed robbery since his arrest in 2009 (ask yourself why would any alleged victim of armed robbery send the alleged guilty man letters & money wishing him well & saying how bad they feel that he is on prison)! Moreover, the "Witness" (the mother of his ex-girlfriend) was under the infulence of muscle relaxers (Percocet & Xanax) when she gave her statement to the police detective on the case. The detective on the case was aware that she ("the Witness") was under the influence of combination drugs containing an opioid & still proceeded to question her & typed what was allegedly her statement (she did not write her own statement). The statement was used in the courtroom where the "Witness" stated she did not say certain things that were written in the statement, yet Mr. Williams was still incarcerated with fabricated/false information & no physical evidence. I am desperately asking that PA District Attorney Krasner & Govenor Tom Wolf please find it in there hearts to personally review this petition & all the information/documentation that has been provided to the District Attorney's Office Conviction Integrity Unit & The Govenor's Office regarding Mr. Williams ... Use your powers to help get him released especially during this horrible corona virus pandemic which makes it an even more crucial time! I/we (Mr. Williams, his children, family & friends) need all the support possible in this fight for Mr. Williams freedom! Mr. Williams deserves to live a happy, healthy life & to no longer have his life wasted in prison! He is facing two profound/acute realities simultaneously ... Which are his Wrongful Conviction & this Coronavirus Pandemic which is beyond difficult to try & protect yourself from when in prison. ***Please help save Mr. Williams' life!!!  ****Check out this video: Innocent Man In Prison for Over a Decade Now    

Ty (Ta) W.
538 supporters