Yesterday, I joined Ronan Farrow Daily to talk about student debt. As the show highlighted earlier in the week, outstanding student debt in the US has now surpassed $1.2 trillion, with almost 7 million students in default.
And this isn’t a problem that has escaped policy-makers: both the Fed and the CFPB have warned about high student debt, with the Fed saying it creates a risk to the economy, and the CFPB warning that there is a lack of the data and regulations needed to prevent crisis in the student loan market.
With $1.2 trillion and rising in debt, it’s important to ask: where do we go from here? Strike Debt's response is to organize around this shared experience of debt: debt is the tie that binds the 99%, and we are not alone, nor are we a loan.
Strike Debt is focused on both parts of the student debt crisis: the current debt outstanding, and how to cope with it, as well as how to prevent it going forward. To the former, the group has a new version of their incredibly researched, fact-filled Debt Resistor’s Manual, coming out in March.
To the question of solving the problem for the future, Strike Debt has a thoughtful plan to make public school tuition free: http://strikedebt.org/how-far-to-free/
I see 2007 and think “oh 3 years ago” and then it hits me that it was 7 fucking years ago
My home will have at least three batcaves and one narnia
I must have this. If nothing else, the Narnia one.
INFO: Bayard Rustin was a leader in U.S. movements for civil rights, socialism, non-violence, and gay rights. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was arrested for his sexuality in 1953; LGBT people were criminalized in parts of the United States until 2003. Rustin’s extremely public criminal charge was criticized by some fellow civil-rights leaders, including Black power militants. This led to Rustin choosing to remain a behind the scenes influential leader to avoid conflict. In the 1970s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes.
FOR MORE INFO Search: “March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (1963)”, “CORE”, “SNCC” , “AFL-CIO ”, “Stokely Carmichael”
Yuri Kochiyama is a prominent Japanese American human rights activists and a huge proponent of Afro-Asian solidarity and solidarity amongst movements. In 1960, Kochiyama moved to Harlem in New York City and joined the Harlem Parents Committee. She became acquainted with Malcolm X and was a member of his Organization of Afro-American Unity, following his departure from the Nation of Islam. Yuri was present at his assassination on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, and held him in her arms as he lay dying. Kochiyama was also a member of the Young Lords, the group of Puerto Ricans who fought for Puerto Rican independence and at one point took over the Statue of Liberty to draw attention to the struggle. She is revered for her six decades of intensive social justice commitments.
FOR MORE INFO Search: “Organization of Afro-American Unity”, “Young Lords”, “Civil Liberties Act of 1988”, “Mumia Abu-Jamal”, “MALCOLM X”
These are some pictures I took at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Since there are more of you I thought I would start sharing some stuff.
Let me know if you like! d :
I rock with [her] because her feminism is complicated, and ours is too. Tell the truth. If your bed and the folks you shared it with were an indicator of your politics, your card might get pulled, too. Moving on.
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