I already posted about this on Facebook today, so sorry if you’re seeing this twice.
I was pretty excited when Occupy Wall Street started up. I saw it as a chance to fight back, to say that enough is enough of big business making use of the government for its own gain and keeping the public enslaved with debt and shady business practices. After awhile, however, I became pretty disillusioned with OWS as it turned from a bastion of equality and creativity to a bunch of college kids sitting around in the same place with no direction whatsoever.
Then this happened: it’s called Strike Debt!, and their purpose is to eliminate the debt of the American populace by buying it from collectors and cancelling it, something that can be done for pennies on the dollar, apparently. The NY Times wrote an article about it. As an armchair theologian who thoroughly supports reinstating the Hebrew concept of a year of Jubilee, this made my day. I’m still pretty skeptical of OWS, and I think that the movement could have had a better impact earlier on with more direction, more defined goals, and better outreach to its local communities. Strike Debt! is an example of all those things I hoped to see from OWS, and I hope that more organizations of this nature show up.
Anyway, go check these guys out.