By: Jeremy Weyl
Jubilee USA Network draws its strength from many different places: connections to human rights, labor, and environmental organizations, as well as from our dedicated faith communities and Jubilee Congregations across the United States.
But some of our greatest strength comes from our partners in the Global South who continue to lead and inspire our efforts towards debt cancellation and the transformation of the international financial system to one that is moral and just. So when Jubilee USA Network has the opportunity to bring our global partners and activists from around the world to meet with local communities, we are greatly honored. Not only do we get to hear the stories about the burdensome realities of debt, strengthening our knowledge and understanding of these complex issues, we also get to build global relationships.
These global connections are at the heart of a true Jubilee, in which relationships are restored between nations and community.
Relationships allow us to transcend the thousands of miles that separate us, and allow us to move beyond differences and embrace our similarities. They inspire us to act, and push us to continue to amplify the voices of those in the Global South who continue to resist unjust debt and are routinely ignored. Ultimately, relationships are the key to cultivating meaningful solidarity.
So you can imagine the great excitement we have at the Jubilee USA Network to be embarking on the End the Debt Crisis Tour, with our partners from Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD). Kelvin Hazangwi and Hopewell Gumbo, two dedicated Zimbabwean activists who have campaigned to drop the debt over the past decade, will be traveling to the United States in less than a month. They will be heading out to Portland, Oregon, Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, New York City, and Washington, D.C. For those of you in the area, we hope you attend the events and bring your friends! (Click here to see the tour schedule)
Even those who are not able to attend the tour can connect and take meaningful actions to support the fight for debt cancellation in Zimbabwe. The speakers will be talking about the need for an international debt court. Click here to take action in support of a fair and transparent debt workout mechanism. By signing the petition we can help build relationships in the Global South and support our partners in Zimbabwe.
Learn more about actions for an international debt court.
Learn more about a fair and transparent debt workout mechanism.