Today, August 17th, Student Debt Crisis is teaming up with the crowd-funding site YouLobby.com with the goal of raising at least $100,000 to support struggling student borrowers through individual one dollar donations.
This past March, working with student debt activist Robert Applebaum, Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) introduced H.R. 4170, The Student Loan Forgivness Act of 2012, a bill that offers significant relief for struggling student borrowers with both federal and private student loans. Student Debt Crisis and its followers have since petitioned nearly every member of Congress to co-sponsor the bill.
In July, Applebaum surpassed over one million signatures on the SignOn.org petition that he started in support of H.R. 4170 and two weeks later, he initiated a “Twitter-bomb” event, encouraging the Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) to “Listen to the Million” that have pledged their support for the bill. Within thirty minutes, #ListenToTheMillion was trending nationally on Twitter. Today, on August 17, Applebaum hopes to mobilize the millions once again.