Nn16: Making Progressive Issues Presidential: How Debt Free College Became Central To This Election

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Nn16: Making Progressive Issues Presidential: How Debt Free College Became Central To This Election
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Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) says
Could debt-free college be to 2016 what healthcare reform was to 2008? A huge grassroots push in 2015 put debt-free college center stage in the presidential debate and political lexicon. Clinton and Sanders both endorsed it, and it has come up in every Democratic presidential debate. Over half of Senate Democrats and more than 100 members of Congress have endorsed it—and candidates across the country are running on it. This panel will explore the history of student debt activism and discuss how debt-free college became a hugely popular issue in 2016. We’ll also discuss how to build bridges between lawmakers and the grassroots so that we enter 2017 with a mandate and an inside-outside legislative strategy to pass debt-free college into law.

Moderator: Natalia Abrams

Panelists:
Ann O'Leary, Hillary Clinton senior policy advisor
Kayla Wingbermuehle-Brown, PCCC debt-free college campaign manager
Mark Huelsman, Demos senior policy analyst

Room 220.
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By: Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org)

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