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The Debt Collective

The Debt Collective (represented by co-founders Laura Hanna and Astra Taylor) is a debtors union. As part of Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee education initiative, it leverages collective power to challenge the way education is financed. In addition to their work with The Debt Collective, Hanna and Taylor are filmmakers and co-founded the multi-media activist website HiddenDriver. Hanna has directed four films about death row inmates: Gattis, James, Hammer, and Williams (all made between 2008 and 2012). Taylor directed Zizek! (2005) and Examined Life (2008), and wrote The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Picador, 2015), which won an American Book Award.




The Debt Collective

Membership organization

New York City, USA