USA Today Editorial Supports HEA Campaign, Other Press, What You Can Do 6/16/00

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The HEA campaign received major coverage and editorial support in the Tuesday, 6/13 issue of USA Today. The "Today's Debate" feature dealt with the HEA drug provision, with USA Today calling for repeal of the provision, with the opposing viewpoint represented by the provision's author Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN). USA Today noted that students at 25 campuses "ranging from the University of Texas at Austin to the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology are calling on Congress to overturn it," adding, "So is the NAACP." USA Today also noted that Hampshire College students are working with administrators to set up a scholarship fund for students affected by the new law.

If you didn't catch USA Today in print, you can read their editorial online, as well as Mark Souder's (lame) response, at http://www.u-net.org/press/usatoday.html. Other recent media coverage follows, as well as a What You Can Do guide on how to help this effort.

Fox News Online:
http://www.foxnews.com/national/060600/financial_aid.sml

Arianna Huffington:
http://www.ariannaonline.com/columns/files/060100.html

Mother Jones:
http://www.motherjones.com/news_wire/higher_ed.html

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) We urgently need to hear from students who have been affected by this law, especially students who are willing to go public.

2) Educators are needed to endorse our sign-on letter to Congress. If you teach or are otherwise involved in education, or are in a position to talk to educators, please write to us at [email protected] to request a copy of our educators letter and accompanying activist packet -- available by US mail or by e-mail.

3) We need students at more campuses to take the reform resolution to their student governments. Campuses recently endorsing it include University of Michigan, Yale University, University of Maryland, University of Kansas, the Association of Big Ten Schools, Douglass College at Rutgers University and many more. Visit http://www.u-net.org for information on the student campaign and how to get involved.

4) All US voters are asked to visit http://www.RaiseYourVoice.com to send a letter to Congress supporting H.R. 1053, a bill to repeal the HEA drug provision. Tell your friends and other like-minded people to visit this web site. Follow up your e-mail and faxes with phone calls; our system will provide you with the phone numbers to reach your US Representative and your two US Senators.

5) Please contact us if you are involved with organizations that have mainstream credibility that might endorse a similar organizational sign-on letter -- organizations endorsing already include the NAACP, American Public Health Association, ACLU, United States Student Association, NOW, and a range of social, religious and other groups.

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