12/11: Reading Group: The Debt Resistors Operations Manual

December 6, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Tuesday December 11th, 5:30-6:45pm
Where: The Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt to Wall Street for the basic things things we need to live, like 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 in recent years.

This manual—written by an anonymous collective of resistors, defaulters, and allies from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street—aims to provide specific tactics for understanding and fighting against the debt system. You’ll find detailed strategies and resources for dealing with credit card, medical, student, housing and municipal debt, tactics for navigating the pitfalls of personal bankruptcy, and information to help protect yourself from predatory lenders. Recognizing that individually we can only do so much to resist the system of debt, the manual also introduces ideas for those who have made the decision to take collective action.

We will be reading this manual and discussing it on Tuesday 12/11. Read how which ever chapters intetest you and we will over view and dicuss these chapters together.

A pdf of the manual can be downloaded at http://strikedebt.org/.

Occupy Wall Street/Strike Debt: The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual