TEXAS ─ On June 7, 2019, Senate Bill 37 was signed into law. It prohibits the revocation of professional licenses from Texas workers as a result of defaulting on student loans. SB 37 is landmark legislation that will protect thousands of Texans from losing their livelihoods, thanks to lobbying efforts on at the Texas Capitol on March 1, 2019 lead by Jolt Action’s young members.
During Jolt’s advocacy day in Austin, Movement Mujeres fellows lead groups of Jolt members to meet with and ask their state representatives to pass SB 37. This victory represents the progressive future Texas youth are capable of creating.
The following is a statement from Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez, founder and executive director of Jolt, Texas Latino voter organization (available for interview):
“This victory shows that Texas youth are unstoppable. I couldn’t be more proud of our Jolt members and Movement Mujeres fellows for advocating on behalf of workers at risk of losing the ability to remain in their profession due to being saddled with student debt.”
The following is written testimony submitted to the Texas Senate by Marla Lopez, Movement Mujeres fellow from Austin:
“It makes absolutely no sense to revoke a license because a student defaults on their loan. Doing so fails to account for different levels of economic opportunity, and has the potential to keep young people from climbing the economic ladder and staying out of poverty. I represent many students, some with more to lose than others perhaps, but we as students and young adults are most influenced by SB 37.”
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and growing the influence of young Latinos. Visit jolttx.org for more information.
Movement Mujeres is a fellowship program by Jolt Initiative and Deeds Not Words that supports 25 young women of color to hone their organizational skills, and position them for key leadership positions in government and social justice nonprofits in Texas.