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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.

  --  Hear our Fox News Interview (6/30/23)   --   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. Since 2020, 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, 85% were either not paying (58.9%), 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 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. For the national good, the federal student loan program must be ended and replaced with a more rational, less expensive & socially destructive model for educating the citizenry.  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 this is a very conservative estimate. 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.  85% 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. Tens of millions went to trade schools and community colleges. More borrowers are over the age of 50 than under the age of 25, and they owe far more than the younger people despite having borrowed far less.   Cancelling the loans will not cause inflation. 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: Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and join your State Chapter. Do the daily action. Call both of your senators and your House Rep & tell them to return standard bankruptcy rights to student loans Tell your local media to report on the petition. Give it a boost. We will succeed when you do your part! 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
1,206,710 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Harmony Central Office, Harmony School of Innovation-Katy, Students, Teachers

Approve a graduation for the graduating seniors attending Harmony Public Schools.

This year the class of 2020 seniors at Harmony Public School  have been extremely affected by the changes COVID-19 has caused. As a result our senior banquet, senior trip, prom, graduation, our pep rally, and “senior experience,” have all been cancelled. Although the effects of COVID19 were unforeseen the seniors at Harmony Public Schools feel that it is extremely unfair to cancel our physical graduation as a whole. As a solution the district has offered to give us a “virtual graduation.” The seniors in turn are not happy with this solution because we feel that the district is not doing everything they can to ensure we have a memorable senior year despite the circumstances. Our senior class has raised a lot of money to go towards senior activities including graduation, and if we aren’t even having a graduation where will all that money go?  The seniors of Harmony Public Schools are asking that we have a physical graduation sometime in the month of July. Our Solution: Allow each Harmony to host a graduation ceremony outdoors to promote social distancing. The ceremonies can take place at locations such as football stadiums/fields, outdoor recreation areas, parks,etc. An outdoor ceremony will allow the "traditional" graduation experience, but space to properly and efficiently social distance.

Ashia Griffin
622 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to The American People, Religious leaders, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

A Call for the Responsible Use of Religion

With the rise of the threat of Christian nationalism, A Call for the Responsible Use of Religion is an appeal to redefine what is acceptable within the purview of religion. We recognize that while much good has been done in the name of religion throughout history– including humanitarian work in health care, education, and charity– the bar must be raised even further. As a consciously evolving society, it is time to resoundingly call for an end to the leverage of religion to abuse, oppress, exploit, or harm others and our earth.  To honor the sanctity of all people, religion should no longer be used for: financial profit off of the weak political gain  keeping women in abusive marriages denying autonomy over one's own body harassing and shaming LGBTQ persons suppression of healthy sexuality stoking fear about those who are different than yourself a shield to hide the abuse of children denial of the laws of science justification for the exploitation of animals and the earth claiming superiority over others There was a time in human history when barbaric acts like throwing babies in volcanos, marrying off 12-year-old girls, and slaughtering animals were acceptable forms of religious practice. Today, we view the above list– and other similar concerns– as modern barbarism. Most significant spiritual luminaries taught an ethic of Love, compassion, and kindness. We ask our religious brothers and sisters to demand nothing less than this within their respective traditions. We call upon our government to no longer codify policies that reward discriminatory practices in the guise of religion. We implore all people, beginning with ourselves, to be the hands and feet of Love in the world. American None™ is a change-agent community, started by Rachel Roberts, that seeks to evolve the way we understand meaningful living and spirituality based on 21st-century values. We serve the religiously unaffiliated– aka "Nones"– and all who value Love over labels.  

American None™
452 supporters
Update posted 6 months 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
17,903 supporters