Margot Rathke

Margot Rathke

Margot Rathke is a Next Leader at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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"As Americans, we are not suffering from scarcity, we are suffering from greed." (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Biden Could Cancel Student Debt. Will He?
Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require congressional approval. One of the buzziest: canceling student debts owed to the federal government. "As a working adult in this country, I've had to decide between daily food, medicine,...
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"As Americans, we are not suffering from scarcity, we are suffering from greed." (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
The Federal Government Owns 92% of Student Debt. Will Biden Wipe It Out?
Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require Congressional approval. One of the buzziest: cancellation of student debts owed to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Education owns about 92 percent of the $1.6 trillion in U.S...
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A voter wears a face mask and a face shield outside a polling station on Election Day during the 2020 general elections. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief
While higher-income voters swung further towards Donald Trump compared to four years ago, increased support from poor and low-income voters helped push Joe Biden over the top. According to early polls , those with household incomes of less than $50,000 in 2019 voted for Biden by an 11.5-point...
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Voting lines in Milwaukee, April 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Unleashing the Power of Poor Voters
Voter mobilization is not easy in Metcalfe Park, a majority-Black neighborhood in Milwaukee scarred by poverty, racism, disenfranchisement, and neglect. “I don’t believe in voting,” one young Black woman told Melody McCurtis, who’s been going door-to-door to get out the vote. “The higher-ups, they’...
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"Even before the pandemic, the exorbitant cost of higher education was holding our country back. That’s especially true now." (Image: via Inequality.org/IPS) Views
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Why the Stimulus Deal Should Include Free College
he Covid-19 crisis bill currently under negotiation should both extend student loan relief and offer free college for young people facing limited job opportunities. Hayat Rahmeto is one recent college graduate who has decided to go back to school while the economy is in shambles. After graduating...
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Even before the pandemic, the exorbitant cost of higher education was holding our country back. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Bernie Sanders Is Right, Now Is the Time for Free College
After graduating from college last year, Hayat Rahmeto moved back in with her parents and planned to work two jobs to save money for law school. Then the pandemic hit. She lost one job, with Delta Airlines, and the prospects for finding another were bleak. Fortunately, with her parents providing...
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