Debtor’s Revolution: Are Debt Strikes Another Possible Tactic in the Fight Against the Big Banks?
By Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet
Posted on November 3, 2011, Printed on November 10, 2011
In the gorgeous, purple-and-green-lit Lower East Side headquarters of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, nearly 300 techies, activists and thinkers gathered, shouting out ideas for social justice-minded Web projects that they would break into small groups to attempt to hash out in a day.
A man in a plaid shirt stood up and told the moderator and the crowd, “I want to create a tool for organizing debt strikes.”
The man was Thomas Gokey, an artist and adjunct professor at Syracuse University, and his idea wound up one of the four “winners” at ContactCon, a conference hosted by Douglas Rushkoff that urged people to think of solutions to the problem of the corporate-controlled Internet—and by extension, the world. The project, nicknamed “Kick-Stopper,” is in the works, but Gokey notes that he’s far from the only person out there suggesting, especially in the wake of Occupy Wall Street’s successes, that it’s time for some more serious, organized direct action around the issue of debt.