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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 tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. The default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 75%, if not far higher.  This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  President Biden must to do this in his first 100 days in office.  He must also issue an executive order returning bankruptcy protections to student loans, and urge Congress to do the same for ALL student loans. This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than 40% never graduated.  People in "red" states are being hurt significatly worse than in "blue" states. All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including statutes of limitations, Truth in Lending laws, and most importantly: bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and even ahead of the power to declare war in the U.S. Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is what the Founders wished to avoid. Critics claiming that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are completely wrong!  100% of all borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for federal loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay them before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so would not benefit from federal loan cancellation. Importantly:  the people with the highest loan balances aren't younger people who irresponsibly over-borrowed for college; they are people over 50, who actually outnumber people under 25 with student loans.  They borrowed very moderately decades ago, but today owe more than triple what people under 25 owe because their loans have exploded with interest, penalties, fees, etc.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security seized by the government. Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. 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! Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans!  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for President Biden to do what he said he was going to do, cure a recession, and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION.  Word of mouth is the best way we have to make it grow.  Please get a few people you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it! Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan
981,704 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States, American Red Cross, United Healthcare, The Department for Health and Social Care, Total Health Care, Health Net, Cardinal Health, massachusetts institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United States of America, China, Coronavirus , Covid-19 , DRACO , Antiviral, Medicine, vaccine

Bring back DRACO antiviral against Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

DRACO (double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizer) is a group of experimental antiviral drugs formerly under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In cell culture, DRACO was reported to have broad-spectrum efficacy against many infectious viruses, including dengue flavivirus, Amapari and Tacaribe arenavirus, Guama bunyavirus, H1N1 influenza and rhinovirus, and was additionally found effective against influenza in vivo in weanling mice. It was reported to induce rapid apoptosis selectively in virus-infected mammalian cells, while leaving uninfected cells unharmed. As of January 2014, work had moved to Draper Laboratory for further testing and development; "the team looks forward to larger scale animal trials and clinical human trials within a decade or less". Dr. Todd Rider presented at the SENS Foundation's SENS6 conference. He left the Draper Laboratory in May 2015 and started a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to raise funds to test the drugs against the herpesvirus and retrovirus families. In total it was predicted that $500,000 per year for 4 years would be needed to optimise and demonstrate DRACOs against clinically relevant viruses, however, two crowdfunding campaigns for $90,000 both failed to reach their target in 2016. In 2015, an independent research group reported to have successfully observed antiviral activity against the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) using DRACOs in vitro. As of December 2015, research related to DRACOs had ground to a halt due to a lack of funding. The Mechanism of DRACO is that it is selective for virus-infected cells. Differentiation between infected and healthy cells is made primarily via the length and type of RNA transcription helices present within the cell. Most viruses produce long dsRNA helices during transcription and replication. In contrast, uninfected mammalian cells generally produce dsRNA helices of fewer than 24 base pairs during transcription. Cell death is effected via one of the last steps in the apoptosis pathway in which complexes containing intracellular apoptosis signalling molecules simultaneously bind multiple procaspases. The procaspases transactivate via cleavage, activate additional caspases in the cascade, and cleave a variety of cellular proteins, thereby killing the cell. I believe that since a vaccine for the Coronavirus is a year and a half away, we should use this opportunity to harness the DRACO antiviral as a weapon against the Coronavirus! 

Jason Winn
5,024 supporters
Update posted 9 months 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
1,266 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to United States health organization, United States Department of Health and Human Services, united states Hospital and doctors, United States lab research, The Department for Health and Social Care, World epidemic health organizations, World doctors and Medical Scientists organization., United States Supreme Court, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Campaign, Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigation on United States forces in China and America, Investigate on Donald J. Trump, investigation on United States government, Investigation on homes, investigation on representative and elected officials, investigation on Supreme Court., investigation on every United States branch and military branch and every United States organization, investigate the main Source of the Corona Virus and the main Setting of how it Started in China., Find the DNA of What animamals have it and remove it from them, Then use the same Idea to Remove it from Humans.

Due research and test against corona virus

   Try to find a cure against the corona virus by using research with bats, and rats, to see what causes it. Use pigs, rats, and bats to find a cure for the corona virus. Investigate on who could have also made the corona virus happen because they could be illegally making it more powerful. China and Iran have proven and found out the United States was behind the Virus. Investigate everything and everyone for answers. The spread of corona can be cured by giving everyone in the world a vaccine or the cure for the corona virus. Send shipments of the cure to every country except the United States and China in order to find who illegally from the United States was behind the Virus. Iran an China have evidence that One of the Americans were behind the Virus in the United States or in China. 

Skys Summarah
13 supporters