Since the massacre at Columbine, more than 200 students, teachers and school staff have lost their lives in school shootings. And more than 187,000 students have been traumatized by gun violence in their schools. Millions more are terrorized by the daily gun violence in our communities—especially in communities of color.
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Time is running out. While President Trump set March as the official deadline for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, every day Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and could be eligible for DACA—are being deported.
The Supreme Court has issued a 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, overturning 41 years of precedent. Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers are already doing a victory lap. The best way to take the wind out of their sails is to show the world that despite their attacks, we’re sticking together. Take the pledge right now and let them know you’re sticking with the union.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his education secretary are using Hurricane Maria and the island’s bankruptcy case as excuses to close down 283 more public schools. This is on top of the 167 schools they already closed late last year. This will hurt more than 60,000 students and 6,000 educators.
We must hold the Department of Ed and its contracted private servicers—like Navient—accountable to student loan borrowers struggling with the burden of debt and to ensure that loan servicers are not engaged in predatory, fraudulent activities.