In Philadelphia, activists held a protest outside Joe Biden’s local headquarters Monday to demand he cancel student debt when he takes office. Some 45 million people in the U.S. now owe a total of about $1.6 trillion in student loans. This is Lauren Horner, an organizer with the Pennsylvania Debt Collective.
Lauren Horner: “We will no longer be shackled by the debt. We’re not at fault for the debt. It’s this racist capitalist structure that is controlling us. It is feeding off our minds and bodies and spirits, and we’re not taking it any longer. The moment that Black and Brown communities decided they wanted to get an education, tuition rose and loans were forced upon us. Our communities are hurting the most.”