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Coronavirus Epidemic

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Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump, Donald trump

Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order!

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 70%, 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.  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.  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 precondition for receiving the loans. 80% were never going to be able to repay their loans before the pandemic.  What's more: the most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system. 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 small amounts, but saw their loan balances skyrocket over decades of abuse at the hands of this unconsitutionally predatory lending system. People over 50 owe more than triple what people under 25 owe.  More than half of people over 75 are in default, and seniors citizens are having their social security taken from them. 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 the President- whether this one or the next- to 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 justice.org
857,386 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Lindsey Graham, Doug Ericksen, Ted Yoho, Donald Trump, Hun Sen

Bring Tucker's Boys to the US for medical care amid Covid-19.

Dear family, friends, parents, well-wishers, and supporters from around the world, I love my children more than anything and I am working tirelessly to do what is best for them. My boys were wrongfully taken from me in Cambodia and I have been blocked from seeing them for the last 3 years. My sons are 4 and 8 and they suffer from chronic respiratory problems. My oldest son is often hospitalized for respiratory distress. He was recently admitted to the ICU with a collapsed lung and difficulty breathing.  My youngest son also has respiratory problems. Both boys have been diagnosed with asthma and live in a city with high air pollution. I worry constantly about their health, safety and well-being. My sons are American citizens and they deserve the best medical care I can provide. The top pulmonary specialists are in Texas, USA and that is why I seek to bring them home for treatment. My estranged ex wife is preventing them from traveling to the US for critical medical care. As such, I am requesting support from politicians and Courts in the U.S. and Cambodia to bring my children home for medical care.   With the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus, my request is now more urgent than ever. My young children would suffer greatly and perhaps even die if they were exposed to this illness. Please help me get my boys safely to the United States before it is too late.  You can help me by: 1) Signing and SHARING this petition to lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina 2) Calling Senator Lindsey Graham's office to express your support.  202-224-5972 (Washington), 803-933-0112 (South Carolina). 3) Tweeting to Senator Lindsey Graham @LindseyGrahamSC Please help to #bringtuckersboyshome from #Cambodia to the #UnitedStates ahead of #covid19 because #childrenslivesmatter and #parentsrights are important. 4) Tweeting to the US Embassy in Cambodia (@USEmbPhnomPenh) or to the Ambassador himself (@USAmbCambodia) 5) Tweeting to President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 6) Tweeting to Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia (@hunsencambodia) 7) Sharing this petition with your friends and encouraging them to sign 8) Visiting, liking, following and commenting on our Facebook page: Bring Tucker's Boys Home. https://www.facebook.com/bringtuckersboyshome/ On behalf of my two boys, and our entire family, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support! Tucker McCravy Bring Tucker's Boys Home  

Bring Tucker's Boys Home
2,328 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Bexar county courts, San Antonio City Council, Nelson Wolff, Ron Nirenberg

Keep Trey Safe!

My 3 year old son Trey, is high risk during this covid pandemic because of his premature birth and asthma. His father is an antimasker that thinks this pandemic is fake. He refuses to wear a mask, refuses to social distance, goes out of town then immediately comes around my son. He even refuses to acknowledge my son’s asthma and has even gone to his doctors and attempted to get this diagnosis changed. He has taken me to court 7 times in the last 9 months. He even asked that I be put in prison for trying to keep my son safe. On 6 separate occasions, two different judges ruled my son high risk and ordered that his father follow pediatrician’s orders, CDC guidelines, and minimize my son’s exposure to covid. The judges even ordered that visitation be at my home to further minimize my son’s exposure to this deadly disease. This seventh time in court we saw a different judge who ordered that my son go with his father for visitation. I have spent over $60,000 in legal fees trying to keep my son safe and will continue to fight to keep him safe. We live in Texas and our covid-19 positivity rate is out of control. Our mayor and county judge do daily updates on tv and emergency alerts through texts. These officials beg us to stay home, be safe, and wear a mask. They say it is urgent that all residents follow the recommendations. Yet, their own Bexar County District judges refuse to follow them and actually orders people to actively disobey and ignore them! San Antonio is facing more covid cases than ever and a skyrocketing positivity rate. Hospitals are reaching capacity and people still don’t seem to care that their actions and decisions are putting others lives in danger. Why doesn’t a high risk 3 year old get the right to be safe during a pandemic? Bexar County judges need to recognize that children’s rights matter! They have a right to be kept safe from a deadly disease. Judges get to hold virtual court to keep themselves and their community safe, but a high risk 3 year is ordered to go with his antimasker father. Why wouldn’t a 3 year old get the same right to be kept safe? 

lauren brown
2,241 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo

Patrick Stephens deserves clemency!

Clemency means forgiveness or leniency in judgment; to show mercy.  A commutation of sentence (a form of executive clemency) reduces an incarcerated person’s current sentence.  Please support clemency for Patrick Stephens.  Patrick is in his 23rd year of a 25 year to life sentence for murder, committed in 1995 when he was only 22 years old.  Although a first time violent offender, he was sentenced the maximum time possible for second-degree murder; the minimum being 15 years.  Patrick's quest for personal growth and demonstrated commitment to helping others unquestionably meets the criteria the State has used to define those worthy of clemency - he “has made exceptional strides in self-development and improvement; has made responsible use of available rehabilitative programs; has addressed identified treatment needs and the commutation is in the interest of justice, consistent with public safety and the rehabilitation of the applicant” See Apply for Clemency, Commutations, available at http://www.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency (last visited April 4, 2020).  With the strong support of his family, he has a reentry plan in place that will set him up for success upon his release.   Patrick is now 47 years old.  He has made remarkable strides while in prison, including earning his Associate’s Degree and Bachelor's Degree from Bard College. And as of September 2020, he earned his Master’s Degree from New York Theological Seminary.  He has received certificates and licenses in approximately 20 programs, learned (and is now fluent in) Spanish, and is a member of the Bard Debate Union.  In addition to his educational growth, Patrick has dedicated his time to helping other incarcerated individuals, including those with HIV and AIDS. Patrick has participated in several programs that helped reframe his way of thinking about conflict resolution and communicating with others.  Beyond this, he has facilitated and developed programs and workshops on behalf of other incarcerated men, displaying a pattern of community commitment.   Most importantly, Patrick has learned what he did not know when he was just 22—that violence and taking a life is never the answer to resolve conflict. He takes full responsibility for his actions and is sorry for the life lost and the pain he caused the family. A common theme in the numerous letters of support written on Patrick's behalf is one of growth, change, and maturity. The letters speak of his change in thinking, calm and thoughtful demeanor, and encouragement and mentorship of others—a far cry from the rebellious, impulsive 22 year-old who committed the offense. The fact that so many people felt compelled to write letters is a testament to his character. Patrick has clearly demonstrated he is remorseful and willing to live up to his potential to be a valued member of society.  With his educational achievements during his incarceration, there is minimal risk of repeated offense and recidivism.  His family and contacts in the academic community will provide an extensive support network, further reducing the risk.  Further incarceration no longer serves any purpose for the People of New York.  Therefore, in the interest of justice and reform, Patrick Stephens should be granted clemency. For additional information about Patrick's experience and achievements, please visit DoingSorry.com.  Thank you for your support!

Alana S.
6,695 supporters