Demand Rights for Student Loan Borrowers and Attend Black Lives Matter Protest Saturday!

OFFICIAL GROUP DAILY ACTIONS for Friday:

Today we’re going to focus on two main issues: first, a policy change by the Trump Education Department, and second, a call to attend the Black Lives Matter March on Saturday!

Action #1Demand that Congress Protect Student Loan Borrowers!

 Before leaving office, the Obama administration instructed the Education Department to provide greater assistance to those repaying student loans. On Tuesday, Trump’s Education Department undid the change and decided that those struggling with student loans didn’t deserve any help.

Let’s call our Members of Congress to demand legislation that increases protections on borrowers!

Script: “Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I’m calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I feel that Trump administration’s recent removal of Obama-era protections on student loan borrowers is bad for our country and will drive more college grads into default. I’m calling on {the MoC} to push for legislation that expands assistance to those repaying federal student loans. Can you tell me if {the MoC} has any such legislation planned?”

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: *Note that Jayapal has already issued a statement on the change on her website, so make sure to note this!

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040 

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

Source on Department of Ed Change: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections

Jayapal’s Statement: https://jayapal.house.gov/media/press-releases/jayapal-department-education-undoing-vital-protections-student-borrowers-slap

Action #2—Come Support Black Lives Matter Protest on Saturday

Black Lives Matter is marching this Saturday at Westlake Park from 2-6pm to demand a more equitable tax code and just system of government. Come join the movement for a system where robber barons like the President pay their share.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1821071081482170/