The event is a new take on the classic telethon, intended to raise money for the Rolling Jubilee. This project is designed to relieve the 99% of unnecessary and oppressive debt by fund raising to purchase debt around the country and abolishing it. The event features Janeane Garafalo, Lizz Winstead, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Kool AD and Dapwell of Das Racist and many more. So far the Rolling Jubilee has raised $198,428 and counting which will abolish $3,973,386 of debt. This evening hopes to push that number even higher. The sold out event begins at 8pm tonight and will be livestreamed at RollingJubilee.org.
The project is a product of Strike Debt and came out of a series of assemblies in New York this year geared toward addressing the issue. Already, the work of this offshoot of Occupy Walls Street is simply amazing. The Debt Resistors Operations Manual (.pdf link) was released just ahead of the September 17th Anniversary and has people all over the country getting educated to defend themselves against a culture of debt-based oppression. Strike Debt has followed up with this direct and effective action: in liberating “debtors” and engaging people in collective resistance.
Debt has become a commodity that can be purchased for pennies on the dollar after it has been charged-off by the original creditor. In most cases, tax write offs have mitigated the loss for the company. This highlights the absurdity of collecting money from people that has already been paid for the benefit of the few. Strike Debt intends to spark a movement of collective noncooperation and resistance by showing people debt’s true form. To get involved, go to RollingJubilee.org and enjoy the show tonite.
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Here’s Democracy Now! on the Jubilee:
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