Occupy-Activists buy $15M in Debt

Vor einem Jahr bloggte ich über das Projekt Rolling Jubilee aus dem Occupy Wallstreet-Umfeld, die wollten Geld sammeln um Schulden von Menschen aufzukaufen, um diese zu löschen. Es freut mich zu hören, dass das ein ziemlicher Erfolg war, auch wenn das Vorhaben insgesamt ein symbolischer Akt bleibt:

By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.

"We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt. "In fact we've been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that."

Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans' personal debt

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Rolling Jubilee: Bailout for the people