Life Before Debt – Why debt rules our lives and how to resist it

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Date(s) - 29/03/2014
10:00 am - 6:30 pm



JubileeDebt Campaign: :Life Before Debt.

JubileeDebt Campaign: :Life Before Debt.

Life Before Debt – Why debt rules our lives and how to resist it


Six years on from the crash, the ranks of those imprisoned by debt are swelling in the UK and across the world.

For years, millions of people in the global South have been trapped in poverty by the rule of debt. Now across Europe our public services are being slashed and our economies restructured to pay for bankers’ bailouts. In the UK, as prices outstrip wages, families are turning to payday loans to get through the month, students face a lifetime of debt and the NHS is locked into 30-year contracts with parasitic companies profiting from the public purse.

Debt is at the centre of a broken economic system that is hurting ordinary people everywhere.

This free day-long conference will hear from global movements on the frontline of debt resistance, investigate the pervasive role of debt in our lives today, and discuss what collective action we can take to break the chains of debt in years to come.

– Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury
– Ann Pettifor, Director, PRIME and author of Just Money
– Andrew Ross, Strike Debt activist and author of Creditocracy: The case for debt refusal
– Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, SOAS
– Jihen Chandoul, Campaign to Audit Tunisia’s Debt
– Njoki Njehu, Daughters of Mumbi, Kenya and Africa Jubilee South
– Mohammed Mossallem, Drop Egypt’s Debt campaign
– Vicky Donnelly, Debt Justice Ireland
– Daniel Munevar, Colombian economist and member of the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM)
– Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health and author
of NHS Plc
– Andrew McGettigan, Author, The Great University Gamble
– Nick Dearden, World Development Movement
– Alinah Azadeh, Artist, Burning the Books
– Werner Bonefeld, University of York
– Ruth London, Fuel Poverty Action
– Helen Mercer, Save Lewisham Hospital
– David Harvie, University of Leicester
– Katie Curtis, Children’s Society
– Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Jubilee Debt Campaign
– plus members of the International Citizens Debt Audit Network

– The morality of debt: why we pay debts we don’t owe
– Payday loans: an industry without mercy
– Dictator debt and the Arab uprisings
– Student debt and the privatization of higher education in the UK
– Debt and development: has the ‘Third World’ debt crisis gone away?
– Corporate contracts in the NHS: Britain’s odious debts?
– How vulture funds operate and how to stop them
– Debt audits: how they work, and what they’re good for

Registration from 9.30am

School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Nearest tube: Russell Square


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