Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Their name means “the people.” It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people. Our nation’s highest challenge is to create a democracy that truly empowers people of all backgrounds, so that we all have a say in setting the policies that shape opportunity and provide for our common future. To help America meet that challenge, Demos is working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve. Demos’ growing body of student debt work is at the heart of their on-going effort to reduce economic inequality by creating pathways to a strong and diverse middle-class. They seek to end the debt-for-diploma system by advocating for debt relief for borrowers, addressing the causes of declining affordability, and exposing the role of Wall Street in the financialization and privatization of higher education.