We know that being in debt makes it hard to study. At Debt Collective we believe that everyone should be able to study and learn for free. Education can lead to liberation if we collectively learn how to dismantle all the types of oppression that come from living the indebted life, and even shifting that oppression into collective power! That’s why political education is a crucial aspect of our growing movement. It allows us to build strong relationships and develop shared analysis, which is essential to building a debtors’ union! During 2023 our staff and volunteers will lead a series of political education events, named Jubilee School, which is available to our union members and comrades.
Jubilee School themes will include political analysis on different types of mass indebtedness, racial capitalism, neoliberalism, decolonization, and more. Our work takes inspiration from a variety of sources which are not limited to:
focuses on breaking down the teacher/student power dynamic and creating educational experiences which are meant to empower folks to tap into their personal and collective capacity to understand and transform their reality. Brazilian educator Paolo Friere is often credited with founding this field but it has long been practiced in social movements without a name (Freedom Schools, Myles Horton & The Highlander School, Ella Baker, etc.)
taking inspiration from popular education and critical theory, seeks to find ways of teaching and learning that build critical consciousness for all involved; seeks to understand the logic of oppressive structures and collectively discuss how to challenge them and build alternatives
learning from various pedagogies practiced in social movements, from third world and Black feminisms to social movements in Latin America
as part of a broader project of undoing the harms of colonialism (especially the theft of land), this includes acknowledging, uplifting and incorporating forms of knowledge and ways of being that colonial systems have long ignored, denigrated and attacked
incorporating styles and norms of facilitation that break down barriers to participation/inclusion and challenge the subtle perpetuation of power, privilege and oppression
Somatics and Trauma-Informed Practice:
bringing in tools and techniques that acknowledge the widespread trauma that exists among people living under oppressive systems
Upcoming Events Related
to Jubilee School
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Reading Group – Session 2
Our reading group is making a comeback! We will be reading Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition, authored by Debt Collective co-founders. This series spans four weeks, commencing on Tuesday, February 27, and concluding on Tuesday, March 19, with sessions starting at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. This presents an excellent […]Part of our
New Member Call
SPEAKER: Frederick Bell Jr.
Are you new to Debt Collective? Do you want to learn more about our union and get involved in our organizing efforts? Join us for our new member call at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT / 6:00 PM MT / 5:00 PM PT!Part of our