Debt Advocacy + Research
MENTAL HEALTH + DEBT
Consumer debt affects every aspect of our lives, our children's lives, and every species living on the planet. Debt changes our behavior and further facilitates our acceptance of a system that oppresses so many, including every species in our ecosystem. I will be posting papers on occasion that discuss debt and its interaction with climate change. Let us continue the discourse and collectively find a solution whether it's through a consumer debt jubilee, a people's full basic income, or some other means. It is important we continually contribute to the discussion as often times these tools are weaponized through false narratives.
The antidote resides within your voice and your story. It always has.
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If you would like to participate in this project and have a story to share about how debt has affected your life please contact me here.
DEBT RESOURCES + COLLECTIVES
There are many organizations seeking to change how we think of debt and poverty.
I would be remiss if I did not specifically mention the works of David Graeber who has been an educator for many and a true inspiration. Further, if you are a living in the United States I recommend following The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction and is deeply connected to eco-devastation, the war economy, and systemic racism.
REFERENCES + READING LISTS:
Knowledge is power! Below is a list of books and articles that I have used for research while obtaining an MSW, a process that I hope to be completed by 2020. However, if you live in NYC I recommend visiting The People's Forum which has a robust political education program with programming six nights a week.
Freire, P. (1970) Pedagogy Of The Oppressed.
Goodman, A. (2018, Sept 14). Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a “License to Pollute”? A Debate on Cap and Trade. Democracy Now! Video
Graeber, D. (2011) Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing
Graeber, D. (2013) On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant. Strike! Magazine. https://strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/
Graeber, D. (2014). What's the Point If We Can't Have Fun? The Baffler, (24), 50-58. https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun
Lewis, M., & Widerquist, Karl. (2001). Economics for social workers: The application of economic theory to social policy and the human services. New York: Columbia University Press.
Noelke C., Beckfield J., (2014). Recessions, Job Loss, and Mortality Among Older US Adults. American Journal of Public Health, Vol 104, (11)
Ruiz-Perez I., Bermudez-Tamayo C., & Rodriguez-Barranco M. (2017). Socio-economic factors linked with mental health during the recession: a multilevel analysis. International Journal for Equity In Health,16, 45-52
Wahlbeck, K. McDaid D. (2012). Actions to alleviate the mental health impact of the economic crisis, World Psychiatry, 11, 139-145
Van Hal, G. (2015). The true cost of the economic crisis on psychological well-being: a review. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 8, 12-25