Tell Presidentail Candidates to Support Free College For All
Last night on live CNN Senator Amy Klobuchar told New Hampshire Youth Movement member Griffin Sinclair-Wingate that she doesn't support #FreeCollegeForAll.
“No...if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would.” -Senator Amy Klobuchar
Our generation doesn't need a magic genie, we need a presidential candidate that understands the student debt crisis and will stand up to big banks profiting off our generation.
Join us today by urging presidential candidates to support #FreeCollegeForAll.
Education is a human right, but those in power continue to treat it as a commodity and a luxury available only to the wealthy few. Over the past 30 years, having a college degree has become more and more necessary to achieve even a basic level of economic security. Yet, during this time, federal and state governments have slashed public education spending, tuition has skyrocketed to previously unimaginable numbers, and institutions of higher education have becoming increasingly dedicated to padding the pockets of their upper administrators and corporations.
Undocumented students are met with constant fear of deportation and lack of access to financial support, and are often unable to even apply for aid. And those who clear these barriers and reach graduation find themselves lost in a workforce where wages have remained stagnant and unionized labor is at a historic low.
Education profiteers like loan providers, hedge funds, and the federal government benefit from exploiting low-income students, women, and students of color, who carry a disproportionately large amount of student loan debt. Students of color face a higher risk of defaulting on their loans, and struggle to find jobs to pay off these loans due to discrimination in hiring practices. For women, ⅔ of the $1.48 trillion total of student debt will be on their heads, and the burden of this debt will be intensified post graduation by the gender pay gap.
The higher education system is a major force in economic, racial, and gender inequality that pads the pockets of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This must change.