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WASHINGTON, D.C.Student Action released the following statements from Program Director Adiel Pollydore and Iowa Student Action Lead Organizer Denise Cheeseman on the resolution introduced in Congress last week that calls on President Biden to forgive $50,000 of federal student loan debt per borrower through executive action:

“We applaud champions in Congress like Senator Warren and Reps. Omar and Pressley who are working alongside us to push President Biden to cancel debt,” Student Action Program Director Adiel Pollydore said. “Though we have come far from his campaign promise, this should be the floor, not the ceiling. We look forward to Biden heeding these calls and taking bold action to create our vision of making college a financial reality for anyone who wants to attend.”

“Cancelling my debt will help me now, but it won’t help another student in 10 years,” Iowa Student Action Lead Organizer Denise Cheeseman said. “Debt doesn’t accrue in a vacuum, and bandage fixes won’t solve structural problems. That’s why we need to cancel all student debt and ensure everyone can go to college for free.” 


Student Action, a branch of People’s Action, utilizes direct action, electoral work, and narrative building and storytelling to push our elected officials to fully fund higher education. We also demand that fully funded and free higher education be accessible to all students, including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students.

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About People’s Action

People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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