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Dear Friend,

Student loan debt is now deeper and broader than credit card debt.  It's over a trillion dollars.

Our society can afford to slash or even end tuition at public colleges, and to forgive students' debt.

We're creating a generation of indentured servants, while enriching the loan sharks.  When Wall Street crashes itself again, guess who will be blamed?

Not all young people have been cowed into submission.  The Occupy movement is fighting back on this issue.

We must restore inexpensive or free higher education. We could make public colleges free for roughly what we continue to waste each year on the "Bush tax cuts" for the wealthy or for about 7% of what we spend each year on the military.

Nations without our wealth do provide free college education.  What's holding us back?  Young and old, we need to raise our voices.

We can provide immediate relief for students burdened with outrageous education debt, by passing the Student Loan Forgiveness Act (H.R. 4170).  This bill would give relief to borrowers with both federal and private student loans.

Tell Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline to schedule a hearing.  And tell your representative to sign on.

This is the first of many steps we need to take to ensure that education is a right, not a privilege.

We'll only succeed with large numbers, so please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.

--The RootsAction team

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