Monday, April 2 - Rally for Justice / Protect Financial Aid / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: TONIGHT - Rally for Justice for Victims of Police Violence

Not One More! Show up for justice for Stephon Clark, Laquan, Alton, Rekia and All Victims of Racist Police Terror.

Hosted by BLM Women of Faith and Answer Chicago. Co-hosted by Black Lives Matter of Lake County, Freedom First International, and Anakbayan Chicago

Let's get out into the streets in solidarity with Sacramento. Let's build a movement to bring an end to the institutionalized violence against Black and Brown communities.

When: TONIGHT, Monday April 2nd, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where:
Historic Water Tower, North Michigan Avenue (806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611)
RSVP and share the event on Facebook

 

Action 2: Tell Your Rep. to Protect Federal Financial Aid and Education Oversight

Late last year, while reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508). This harmful bill decreases federal financial aid and rolls back regulations that protect students from predatory for-profit colleges and trade schools.

The PROSPER Act ends three important financial aid programs:

  1. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
  2. Subsidized student loans that allow low income students to avoid interest payments while in school
  3. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

It also increases minimum loan repayments, eliminates debt forgiveness horizons, and requires a minimum monthly payment even for borrowers near and below the poverty line. Modeling by the Center for American Progress shows that these changes may raise loan repayments for low income students by tens of thousands of dollars and increase the time they are repaying loans by decades. In addition, the PROSPER Act eliminates key safeguards that protect students, including the “90/10 rule” (which bars for-profit colleges from getting more than 90% of their revenue from federal aid), as well as the gainful employment regulation (which prevents career training programs with poor educational outcomes from receiving federal money). The bill also weakens regulatory power by removing states' power to oversee online schools, and it hinders state efforts to hold student loan providers accountable.

By making it harder for students to afford higher education, the PROSPER Act prioritizes private industry interests while increasing the burden on Americans.

 

Script: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible Chicago.

I am calling to ask {PERSON} to oppose the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508) because this bill makes it harder for students to afford higher education and eliminates regulations that protect students from predatory for-profit schools.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[NOTE: If leaving a voicemail please leave your full street address to ensure you call is tallied.]

 

Via 5calls.org

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

The Equal Rights Amendment is destined to be added to the US Constitution and Illinois really should be the 37th state to ratify it. This week, Tom Moss talks with Kamala Lopez, the director of the documentary Equal Means Equal, and artist Natalie White to learn more. A joint resolution to ratify the amendment will be voted on this spring. State Senator Heather Steans joins to explain the process.

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

 

 

Daily Actions Editor