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Sunday's D3 Daily Action - Look Local

Today's weekend action returns us to our own communities.

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School Boards Matter.

Across CD3, many local communities are preparing to vote on local School Board races, with mail-in ballots landing mid-October. Often overlooked among the many levels of elected office and policy issues vying for our attention, School Board races are a vital cornerstone of U.S. democracy. Few of our international peers allow citizens to directly elect school officials with such influence over the opportunities and futures of our kids. Yet School Board elections often see low voter turnout and little community involvement. 

If your community is holding a School Board election this November, chances are there are hard-working candidates in your area who could use a little bit of your help.

-- taking an afternoon to walk your neighborhood or a few moments to share their social media posts, placing a yard sign or two in your yard, or making a contribution to help them along their way.

Getting a few friends together to chip in for a School Board race is a great way to have non-partisan conversations with your neighbors about values and their vision for the future, and is also a great way to grow and develop volunteer skills among newcomers to community organizing. 

You can make a big difference by sharing just a bit of your time with your local School Board candidates.

This Sunday, we encourage you to get involved, grab a few friends, and make a difference.

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Protest taking $213M from effective teen pregnancy prevention. (hat tip)

Email: Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price at Secretary@HHS.gov

Script: I’m writing because the US teen pregnancy rate is at an all-time low thanks to our effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The recent HHS decision to defund it two years ahead of schedule jeopardizes young women’s futures, increases costs, and risks raising the teen pregnancy rate to previous levels. I want to see funding reinstated. Thank you. Name, state, ZIP

Bonus: Carbon copy your three MoCs.

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

Under Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education (DOE), campus sexual assault survivors are on their own.  Just last week DeVos met with misogynistic "men’s rights groups" and rape deniers about weakening Title IX protections.

Additionally, Candice Jackson, the acting head of the DOE's Office for Civil Rights, told reporters from the New York Times that “90 percent of sexual assault accusations fall into the category of, 'We were both drunk’, ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

This is not the first time Jackson has made such appalling statements. She is a long-time anti-feminist activist who has almost no experience with civil rights law. She once claimed she faced discrimination because she was white.  She has made many victim-blaming statements over the years and has shown a deeply troubling skepticism of women who report sexual violence.

Three things you can do:  

1)  Email the Department of Education & Demand that Betsy DeVos fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

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Question (please include additional language if you are compelled to do so):
Will the Department of Education stand with survivors of campus sexual assault? Candice Jackson’s statement about sexual violence survivors perpetuates victim blaming and rape culture. The Department of Education must immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence by preserving and enforcing Title IX.

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2)  Click here to sign the petition

3)  If you're in Denver, join the protest TODAY and let DeVos know how you feel in person.  Betsy DeVos and her pro-corporate, anti-student agenda is bad for our country and our state.  "Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union, the Colorado Education Association, plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver...reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting." - Education Week

PROTEST DETAILS:
1500 Grant St, Denver, Colorado 80203
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We cannot remain silent while DeVos undermines policies that protect students from discrimination and violence, empowers rape deniers and appoints anti-feminist activists to positions of power in her department. We must raise a massive public outcry to demand that DeVos do her job, immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from hate.

One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. According to a recent Title IX DOE report, there are 344 open sexual violence investigations at 242 postsecondary schools on the books right now. Title IX will only protect students from hate and violence if the DOE makes sure that schools enforce it.

DeVos has the power to control the enforcement of Title IX provisions to combat sexual violence on campuses, but she will only stand up for survivors if there is massive public pressure on her to do so.

Colorado educators plan protest against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - The Denver Post

Senator Wants Education Official Fired After 'Egregious' Campus Sexual Assault Remark - Time

Betsy DeVos needs to fire her top civil rights deputy after sexual assault comments, Sen. Patty Murray says – LA Times

Betsy DeVos’ Civil Rights Chief Said “90 Percent” of Campus Rape Claims Are Bogus. The Backlash Was Swift. – Mother Jones

With thanks to CREDO Action.

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

Listen to: "The Loneliness of Donald Trump" from Slate's Trumpcast.

It is incredibly well written and beautifully delivered. 

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

Betsy DeVos recently testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Trump-DeVos plan for deep cuts to the education budget. After two hours of public testimony, the Secretary of Education made it clear that she supports defunding financial aid programs, and she doubled down on the plan to eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
   
Sign the petition telling lawmakers to reject the Trump-DeVos budget.
  
During the hearing, Senator Dick Durbin stated, “We have a student debt crisis in this country. I can find no relief for students in this budget.” DeVos, herself, admitted that student loans are of “grave concern,” but she supports eliminating the most generous programs that help struggling student loan borrowers most.
    
Betsy DeVos continues to turn her back on America’s students and student loan borrowers. The budget will make it harder for Americans to pay for college and afford their student loans by:
  
X  Eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness that helps students pursuing vital careers.
X  Cutting $3.9 Billion in funding from the Pell Grant reserve fund.
X  Eliminating Subsidized Loans that keep interest costs low.
X  Replacing Existing Repayment Plans, which people use to lower their monthly payments.
  
Make sure Congress hears your voice! Send a message to lawmakers today.

We are fighting back! Supporters have taken over 102,209 actions by messaging Congress, signing petitions and calling the offices of lawmakers. Americans from across the country are using their voice to stop the Trump-DeVos budget. Will you join us?

Thank you, for your continued support.

Watch the Betsy Devos Senate testimony: https://www.c-span.org/video/?429535-1/education-secretary-pressed-protections-lgbtq-religious-minorities

Today's Daily Action courtesy of The Student Debt Crisis Team
 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Our fears are starting to come true!
 
The Washington Post just leaked Trump’s higher education budget proposal and the news is deeply concerning. Under the disastrous plan, Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos would direct deep cuts that will defund public investment in higher education and do irreversible harm to students and borrowers. We cannot let this happen.
  
Send an urgent letter to Congress. Tell lawmakers to reject Trump’s budget proposal.
   
Here is how Trump’s budget proposal, if passed, would impact students and student loan borrowers:

  • ENDS the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Currently, there are over 550k borrowers who have applied for the program - we have been given no guidance as to whether or not they will be grandfathered in, leading to more uncertainty for students and borrowers.
  • ELIMINATES $3.9 billion from the Pell Grant fund.
  • ELIMINATES subsidized loans that allow currently enrolled students to delay interest payments.
  • ELIMINATES Perkins Loans offered to students with financial needs.
  • REPLACES all income-driven repayment programs with a new program, created by Trump, that significantly increases costs for graduate students.
    • 12.5% for 15 years for undergraduates.
    • 12.5% for 30 years for graduate students.

Ever since Trump appointed Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department, the two billionaires have unleashed a destructive student loan agenda that harms working- and middle-class families. They increased fees for borrowers who are behind on their payments. They opened the door for predatory student loan companies to access lucrative federal contracts. They even threatened the acceptance letters of public servants who were promised loan forgiveness. Now, Trump wants to go even further. This budget is the final nail in the coffin for current, former and future students.
  
This is all we know right now. We are still waiting to see the final budget next week, hopefully. As they say… “the devil is in the details!”
  
Read more about this urgent news story here.
  
Thank you, for taking action.

This action courtesy of Student Debt Crisis.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose HR 610

This bill guts America’s public elementary and secondary school system, which serves 9 out of 10 of the nation’s children.

Call: Representative Scott Tipton

Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _ZIP_. I’m concerned about how H.R. 610 will impact our rural schools and high-needs students if the bill becomes law. I urge Rep. Tipton to oppose this bill to shift public dollars away from public schools. Can you tell me where s/he stands on this HR 610?