Renewed call for economic jubilee

By staff writers
29 Aug 2012

Hundreds of activists across the UK are signing up to a new Jubilee for Justice call for countries afflicted by debt.

In addition, more than 200 faith leaders have so far shown their support by signing a letter, which will be delivered to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, later in this Jubilee year.

The Jubilee for Justice petition calls for cancellation of the unjust debts of the most indebted nations, but also for just and progressive taxation instead of excessive borrowing and an end to the harmful lending which puts countries into debt.

Through the continued work of the Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) some $125 billion (£80 billion) of debt has been cancelled across 33 countries, resulting in improved spending on schools, health and social care.

However, campaigners say that due to the immense suffering still being inflicted on impoverished people around the world, more action still needs to be taken.

The Jubilee 2000 movement saw millions of people around the world taking action. The campaign has now launched a paper chain petition, which can be signed at Jubilee events and religious services up and down the country as well as online.

Nick Dearden Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign said: “We need a radical change in economic thinking and policy-making to build a society based on justice, mutual support and community. Finance must be put back in its place. The jubilee we need is not charity towards the impoverished but a call for justice.”

Supporters can download and print JDC paper chains, sign and post back to the JDC office where it will form part of a giant paper chain to be delivered to the Prime Minister.

Jubilee Debt Campaign is also urging all faith leaders to sign an open letter in support of the campaign. This letter urges David Cameron to seize the moment and proclaim a new Jubilee.

Peter Merson, Chair of the Jubilee Debt Campaign Multifaith Project, said: “Jubilee is deeply rooted in the idea that people should not be permanently shackled with burdens that they are simply unable to lift by themselves. The original Jubilee provided an opportunity for these burdens to be removed to enable people to flourish and to achieve their potential. We hope many thousands of people will join us in calling for a Jubilee for Justice today.”

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