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Education is a right. Debt is a violation of that right. The funding to make education free is readily available.




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Can the power of the internet be used to advance the movement to cancel all student debt, now and forever?

When 12 major online organizations join together with a clear and simple petition, and plans to use it to greatest effect, we have our chance to find out.

Click here to add your name to this just cause.

Americans now owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. Eighty-six percent of that money is owed to the United States government. This is a crushing burden for more than 40 million Americans and their families.

Less wealthy nations than the United States make education from preschool through graduate school a human right, rather than an expensive privilege. Those nations all waste dramatically less money on militarism and tax breaks for billionaires and corporations. A relatively small shift in priorities would make U.S. education free. In fact the United States spends almost exactly $1.3 trillion for military purposes each year.[1]

The benefits will be enormous for society as a whole, stemming from an educated populace with the ability to choose careers freely and to invest time in civic activities for the greater good. Those benefits will reach all of us who struggled to pay for our educations, as well as our children and grandchildren. We should avoid the shortsighted reaction of imagining that forgiving unjust debt further victimizes those who have paid debts off.

Click here to urge President Obama, Senators, and Members of Congress to take immediate action to forgive all student debt, public and private.

Organizations participating in this effort include: American Federation of Teachers, Campaign for America's Future, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos. Democracy for America, LeftAction, Project Springboard, RH Reality Check, RootsAction, Student Debt Crisis, The Nation, Working Families

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

Footnote:
Chris Hellman: The Real U.S. National Security Budget

Background:
Strike Debt: How Far to Free?
Waging Nonviolence: Debt Emerges as Connective Thread for OWS
The Nation: It's Not Just the Interst Rate
Roosevelt Institute: Could We Redirect Tax Subsidies to Pay for Free College?

 

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