2020 Strike Debt
In 2020 Strike Debt PDX
will be helping homeless people with scholarships and other assistance to help gain a secure home and job.
Increased homelessness is a by-product of Neo-liberalism in general and often specifically of indebtedness.
Strike Debt members collected good clothing for interviews/training/jobs as well as supplies needed by people to survive living in a shelter such as toiletry kits with sleep masks and ear plugs.
You can also make donations to the new work focused Transition Projects shelter, River District Navigation Center,
located at 111 NW Naito Pkwy, Portland 97209.
In 2019We changed our annual project from high school scholarships to REVERSE SCHOLARSHIPS to draw attention to Grandparent and Parent student debt. The Social Security records showed over 175,000 seniors had their SS or SSI checks garnished by the government for college debt.
With a Debtors Assembly January 29th at Portland Central Library, we began educating more of the public about this grave injustice to elders. Over two dozen people shared their debt stories including a woman in her 70's who said she was still paying off her own student debt, and another woman with $100,000 of student debt. We also interviewed 69 year old College Professor Kay Ann Taylor from Kansas State University on KBOO radio who was still working in order to pay off her student debt. She shared her analysis of her personal experience with us. You can also read about it in the 2017 book The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education edited by Dr. Nicholas Hartlep and others. Read about Dr. Hartlep in our section of this website under EVENTS/ 2018 Debtors' Assembly, confirmed speakers.
In 2019 we did not find any Seniors in the Portland area who had
money garnished from their Social Security and/or disability checks by the government for their student loan debt, or for co-signing student loans for family members.
Read more about this issue under NEWS in a research paper by Strike Debt Portland's Roberta Badger Cain.
Read about our 2020 project of assisting homeless people with work scholarships at the top of the next column.
we worked with Reynolds High School in Troutdale.
The students are receiving much more information about the dangers of student debt but understanding what that means varies greatly. We see a great need to start Strike Debt Clubs at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. Student members can hold Debtors' Assemblies to help educate their peers. Want to help make this happen? look under contacts at the top of the page.
According to August 2018 Eugene Weekly:
More than 50 percent of Oregon college grads are in debt, and Oregon is ranked 22nd in the country for its amount of average student loan debt per borrower.
That amount per borrower in Oregon is $27,500.
Strike Debt started a Scholarship fund and gave out scholarships to two Franklin High School Graduates. Applicants were asked to write an essay about student debt and how it might affect their futures. Our committee of six selected two women who were the first in their families to graduate from high school. They both completed their first year at Portland Community College!
Read a letter of thanks for our recent donation of $1,000+ for assisting homeless to regain jobs and homes.