About us

The Debt Collective leverages collective power by offering debtors a shared platform for direct action.

What is
The Debt Collective?


In 2012, we launched the Rolling Jubilee as a public education campaign about the injustice of requiring public goods, such as education and healthcare, to be personally debt-financed. Our long-term aim is to transform personal grievances into collective political action by helping people realize that they are not “a loan.”

Founded by

  • Hannah Appel

  • Thomas Gokey

  • Laura Hanna

  • Luke Herrine

  • Ann Larson

  • Astra Taylor

The Red Square

The red square was first used as a symbol in the student strikes in 2005 and again in 2012 in Quebec.

The students wore red felt squares as a symbol of debt: it means carrément dans le rouge, or squarely in the red.