Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Comparing Notes

What have you, dear readers, been doing to help the cause?

I don't mean to sound like a task master, and I know that you are not my pupils. But let me share my activities with you. I hope we can compare notes.

For the Forgive Student Loan Debt Movement I have done the following:

1) Talked to Jim Sano - he helped to pass the resolution in Albany to ask Washington to forgive student loan debt. (Guess what! I beat the NYT in reporting this article. I may be small, but I am the little train that can and will!).
2) I've written to other politicians (I will be posting a letter shortly which I wrote to Sen. Dick Durbin).
3) I've contacted reporters and asked them why they're failing to reveal important information about "organizations" like the College Board (who settled a while back for kickbacks they were given to directors of financial aid). 
4) I've set up an interview with Mark Kantrowitz .

5) I've written several pitches to Kojo NnamdiIra Glass , Kai Ryssdal promoting Applebaum's movement. (Goooo Rob!).
6) I'm going to canvas for Delegate David Poisson (32nd district, Loudon County, VA) - he is very sympathetic to this movement. He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. (and several master's, I believe. One thing is certain, he's ahead of me when it comes to collecting advanced degrees, and I'm a pro.).
7) I'm speaking to a reporter for the local NPR station in D.C. this coming Friday (WAMU) - for locals in D.C., we know that as good ol' 88.5 (stay tuned!).
8) I'm crafting arguments against articles on their comment sections and in my blog that claimed - based upon that dastardly survey that Sallie Mae manufactured and then spread to major news sources - students and their families are "borrowing less." (Tim Ranzetta has a GREAT counter response to that here). SHAME ON YOU MAINSTREAM PRESS!

I hope this list may give you an idea of how to think of strategic ways in getting this movement into public discourse. Thanks again for all of your support!

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