Bioneers 2024 Conference

Freedom Dreams and Debtors Unions: Introducing the Work of the Debt Collective

Alone, our debts are a burden. Together, they can make us powerful. This is the provocation of debtors’ unions. Indeed, the power of debt is something the wealthy have long wielded. To put it in words often attributed to petroleum industrialist J. Paul Getty “If you owe the bank $100,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank.” With student, medical, credit card, and housing debts all surging (and drowning households in the process), debtors, in theory, “own the bank.” But in practice, what does it take to organize an effective debtors’ union? Join organizers from the Debt Collective as they talk about household debt, racial justice, and transformative organizing and share information on how we can become part of this potentially powerful movement to combat the obscene level of wealth inequality in our society. With: Frederick Bell, Programs and Operations Manager, Debt Collective; Maddy Clifford, Creative Media Strategist with Debt Collective; René Christian Moya, an organizer with Debt Collective.

Goldman Theater, Brower Center


March 28th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm


Frederick Bell
Programs and Operations Manager
Debt Collective
Maddy Clifford
Creative Media Strategist
Debt Collective
René Christian Moya
Debt Collective