By Eugene Ruyle
Posted on May 15, 2013 by the Communications Committee
As we gear up for our 2014 electoral campaigns, it is crucial that we support those we want to support us. I can't think of an organization more worthy of our support than Strike Debt. Growing out of Occupy Wall Street, debt resistance strikes at the heart of the capitalist system as they work toward the creation of "a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits." "Strike Debt supports the creation of just and sustainable economies, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence. We owe the financial institutions nothing. It is to our friends, families and community that we owe everything." Strike Debt's vision here is quite compatible with Peace and Freedom's socialist platform call for "Social ownership and democratic control of industry, financial institutions, and natural resources."
Strike Debt Bay Area Announces
Bay Area's Second Debtors' Assembly
Saturday, May 18 ~ 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Unite Here, Local 2, near Civic Center BART
209 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco (MAP)
On Saturday, May 18th, Strike Debt Bay Area will host the Bay Area's Second Debtors' Assembly. (The beautiful poster for it created by SDBA organizer Sandy Sanders is shown below.)
As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt for the basic things we need to live, including housing, education, and health care. Even those of us who do not have personal debt are affected by predatory lending. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government. All of us are outraged that big banks don’t have to pay their debts, but we do.
Debt keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid—of becoming homeless, of going hungry, of being crippled or killed by treatable illness, or of being trapped in poverty-level jobs. Those facing foreclosure, medical debt, student debt, or credit card debt feel alone, hounded by debt collectors, and forced into unrewarding work to keep up with payments.
Strike Debt is building a movement to challenge this system while creating alternatives and supporting each other. At the Debtors’ Assembly we will come together as a community and begin to rethink debt, not as an issue of individual shame, but as a political platform for collective resistance and action. Come to the Assembly to learn about tools for escaping the closing walls of debt, to share resources and skills, and to magnify our assembled energy. As we share our experiences we can begin to take back from the financiers what they have taken from us: our freedom and our future.
Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.
ORGANIZATION INFO: Strike Debt Bay Area is the local chapter of Strike Debt, an international movement of groups working to build popular resistance to all forms of unjust debt. Strike Debt has organized the Rolling Jubilee, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, and local debtors’ assemblies. Strike Debt supports the creation of just and sustainable economies, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence. We owe the financial institutions nothing. It is to our friends, families and community that we owe everything.
Strike Debt Bay Area Web Page
Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at California State University, Long Beach, was the Peace and Freedom candidate for State Assembly in 2012 in the 15th District (Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond), winning 25,167 votes, or 13.2% of the total. Ruyle is preparing another campaign for 2014. For further information, visit his campaign web site at ru4peace.wordpress.com or contact him at cuyleruyle [at] mac [dot] com or 510-428-1578.