From birth, we’ve been told that in order to achieve success, we have to get into debt. We take out huge mortgages and student loans under the assumption that doing so will allow us to achieve the American Dream. We buy things we can’t afford and work jobs we don’t want, striving towards promises of success that seem to be getting emptier by the day. Despite our best efforts, we struggle to find meaningful work, secure housing, and accessible healthcare. We’ve been buying into the system, but getting very little in return. Meanwhile, banks and credit card companies get rich off our debts. Our labor props up a system based on illusory rewards, and we find that we have less and less time for our lives and each other.
It’s time to turn our backs on this system of debt and create something new in its place.
Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm
Location To Be Determined
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In a gesture echoing the draft card burnings of the 1960′s, we will be burning our debt notifications to express our refusal to be conscripted into a life of exploitative work and empty consumerism.
Being in debt can make us feel trapped and inadequate, hopeless in the face of endless bills. But we know we have so much to give, and that we deserve so much more. We believe we can be free if we invest in one another, rather than in a system that seeks only to take from us.
Burning our debt is a celebration of that possibility.
Join us as we burn our debts and share our stories and hopes for the future. Together, we can step out of the shadows and light the way towards something better. Let’s gather to imagine life after debt.
Come with your bills and debt notices to burn. Wear your Sunday best. Refreshments will be served.