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Rolling Jubilee

Occupy's Rolling Jubilee Keeps Rolling -- and the Band Plays On

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Occupy Wall Street's "Strike Debt" (SD) working group and its "Rolling Jubilee" (RJ) operation is partying like the music will never end. And, if the...

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Trouble in Paradise? Occupy Confronts the 'Two D's -- Dissension and Departures

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.09.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What is it within a system, or movement, that discourages or drives away such people? Is this a healthy or unhealthy sign for Occupy?

The Jewish Approach To Welfare And Unemployment

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Judaism recognises that unemployment has a psychological as well as economic dimension. As a matter of religious principle, job creation must be at the centre of any long-term welfare policy. Human dignity requires no less.

Occupy Abolishes $1,000,000 in Medical Debt. Your Turn, Wall Street & White House?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.27.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

This week, Occupy's Strike Debt! working group will be mailing out over 1,000 letters to individuals, mostly in Kentucky and Ohio, who collectively owe over $1,000,000 in personal medical debt.

Progressive Spirit: Occupy Finds Its Soul

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

That the Occupy movement would embrace the jubilee, a biblical concept, suggests something new and intriguing about the progressive movement, which has in recent decades been more likely to show contempt than respect when it comes to religion.

Dr. Occupy, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Run for Congress

Abel Collins | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Abel Collins

A bold prediction for 2013: at least two of the Too Big To Fail banks will be implicated in major crimes and they will be fined less than the profits that they made engaging in those crimes.

Happy Occu-Year 2013!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

So, Occupy is off to a good start for 2013. Heading into its second year of existence, it has a tailwind of good will and solid evidence of steadfast members who both lead and follow as called upon.

Religious Hopes For 2013

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Religion can be a tool for oppression or a force for good. As we greet 2013, I hope that we can all work for a more compassionate faith.

Forgive Us Our Debts

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The link between money and morals isn't limited to the pages of ancient sacred texts. You can spot it in today's news thanks to a creative new project called the Rolling Jubilee, part of the Strike Debt campaign.

Author and Occupy Arrive at the Same Decision - Walk Away From Debt!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

A coalition of Occupy groups called StrikeDebt is encouraging people to combat debt by way of popular resistance... up to and including complete default. Occupy hasn't left its "radical" roots, but has evolved as a voice on the subject of banking and finance.

LISTEN: Debt! Debt! Debt! On 'Yetta Kurland LIVE!' (Nov. 28, 2012)

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke to Karen Scharff of Citizens Action New York and Mark Hannay of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign to talk about the so-called "fiscal cliff." Then I spoke to Yates McKee about Occupy Strike Debt and the Rolling Jubilee movement.

Occupy Lives and Change Lives

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

When the camps were evicted, the media breathlessly reported about the official death of the movement. Yet despite the Occupy funeral dirge that's been played in dozens of headlines, the movement has flourished in its post-encampment phase.

A Surprising Solution to Our Debt Woes

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 01.27.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

Rolling Jubilee buys bundled consumer debt for pennies on the dollar -- rather than pursue those debts through means both legal and otherwise, Rolling Jubilee simply cancels them.

'Forgive Us Our Debts': Occupy Operationalizes The Lord’s Prayer on Debt

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

It has never been more important to raise the issue of debt forgiveness and do something about it in concrete ways than it is in 21st century America. But how could the biblical Jubilee possibly be an economic plan in today's economy? Enter Occupy Wall Street's "Rolling Jubilee."

How Occupy Wall Street Is Beating the Liberty Movement

Jayel Aheram | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Jayel Aheram

If we libertarians emulate the creativity and activism of the Occupy Movement to solve problems with non-state solutions, we can propel the Liberty Movement forward and truly foment a revolution outside the constraints of electoral politics.

Has The Occupy Movement Figured Out Real Debt Relief?

Posted 11.15.2012 | Comedy

Author and cartoonist David Rees and comedian Hari Kondabolu stopped by HuffPost Live to talk the Rolling Jubilee, Occupy Wall Street's inspired idea ...

The One Personal Finance Book Banks Don't Want You To Read

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 11.15.2012 | Money

Occupy Wall Street alumni have hatched a new plan: Raise money and then bail people out of debt. The campaign, called Rolling Jubilee, kicks off Thurs...

The People's Bailout of The People (VIDEO)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 01.15.2013 | Money
Dennis Trainor

Occupy Wall Street is getting ready to start literally making some debt disappear.

The People's Bailout

David Rees | Posted 01.15.2013 | Money
David Rees

We're in debt, as individuals, because of a lack of services. If Washington lacks the political will to address these issues and kick a little ass, we'll do it ourselves. Our message to Americans is simple: You are not a loan. And you are not alone.

Strange Bedfellows: Occupy Wall Street and the Bill Collector!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

OWS is certainly muscling (buying?) its way in, but with a "business" model that collection agencies and debt buyers would not have entertained in a lifetime.

Premature Occupy Wall Street Group Effort Wants Consumer Debt to Vanish with Rolling Jubilee

Steve Rhode | Posted 01.13.2013 | Money
Steve Rhode

Organizers are buying up consumer debt for pennies on the dollar and instead of collecting on it they are forgiving it. In my opinion the effort is misguided because this strategy can result in those with their debt forgiven, owing the IRS.

Catherine New

Occupiers' Next Move Is To Bail Out Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money

Occupy Wall Street movement supporters were outraged by the bank bailout. Now they want to start a bailout that people can actually get behind. Dub...