ITT Technical Institute. Photo by Forsaken Fotos on Flickr.
15 Sep 2016

ITT Tech Students Start Debt Strike

Over 100 former students of the now-defunct for-profit ITT Technical Institute have announced a debt strike against their government-issued student loans.

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Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Bryce Myhre
27 Apr 2016

Wall Street Funds Battle By Proxy In Congress Over Puerto Rico Bailout

Though there is much talk of principle, it looks as though the real battle lines in Puerto Rico are drawn by alliances between funds and elected officials.

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Rubio hydrating during 2013 GOP response to SOTU
26 Feb 2016

Marco Rubio’s Attack On Trump Backfires With Corinthian Colleges Story

Rubio attacked Trump University despite his own for-profit education scandal–one that not only involved fraud but a possible abuse of official power.

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Elizabeth Warren talks with Bill Moyers in 2004. (YouTube screenshot)
08 Feb 2016

Elizabeth Warren: Hillary Clinton Sold Out To Wall Street

Hillary Clinton is under fire from a 2004 video in which Elizabeth Warren told Bill Moyers that Wall Street controlled Clinton’s policies on bankruptcy law.

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Jesus casting out the money changers at the Temple (Lecen on Wikimedia)
13 Nov 2015

American Consumers $11.85 Trillion In Debt, Corporate Sector Re-Leveraging

According to an analysis by personal finance information company NerdWallet, American consumers owe a total of $11.85 trillion in debt.

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In this May 12, 2008 photo, a phlebotomist's gloved hand inserts a needle into the arm of a blood donor. (Flickr / -taro)
21 Oct 2015

‘Blood Or Jail’ Judge Faces Ethics Complaint From SPLC

Southern Poverty Law Center filed a judicial ethics complaint against an Alabama judge that told people owing court fines to donate blood or go to jail.

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Bernie Sanders smiles as he stands at a podium during a rally in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 26, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons / Nick Solari)
01 Oct 2015

Bernie Sanders & Jill Stein’s College Plans Treat Education As A Human Right

Though Clinton promises to make college affordable, both Stein and Sanders rolled out bold plans to slash student debt and make education accessible to all.

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Judge's Gavel and Sound Block created and folded by Glenn Sapaden out of two dollar bills (Glenn Sapaden on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

More Reports Of Debtors Prisons Surface In Louisiana And New Hampshire

A federal lawsuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a report by the ACLU of New Hampshire, document the practice of jailing people unable to pay their court debts, violating the due process rights of the poor by failing to provide them with legal counsel and ability-to-pay hearings.

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The exterior of a Sandford-Brown college campus, photographed on June 1, 2012. A for-profit college, Brown went out of business in May 2015. (Flickr / m01229).
14 Sep 2015

Student Loan Crisis Driven By For-Profit Colleges, Report Shows

Brookings Institution found that “most of the increase in default is because of an upsurge in the number of borrowers attending for-profit schools and, to a lesser-extent, community colleges and other non-selective institutions whose students had historically composed only a small share of student borrowing.”

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File: A Minneapolis traffic control agent places a parking ticket on a car windshielf. (Flickr / Daniel Guy)
14 Sep 2015

Modern Debtors Prison: Alabama Jailing Residents Over Tickets

According to a federal class action lawsuit filed in Alabama this month, the city of Alexander is incarcerating people who are unable to pay court fees and fines in a modern-day debtors prison. The suit argues the practice not only constitutes false imprisonment, but also violates inmates’ Fourth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the Constitution.

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