Linking Our Voices for Jubilee Justice

By Karen Kulm.
Published on February 23, 2011

Jubilee Oregon is a chapter of Jubilee USA Network, a grassroots alliance of 80 religious and faith-based communities and human rights, environmental, and labor groups.  Our Central Pacific Conference voted to become a Jubilee Conference several years ago, and many churches in Oregon and SW Washington have additionally become Jubilee Congregations.  The worldwide Jubilee movement addresses the root causes of poverty in the global south through debt cancellation and international financial reform.

Jubilee Oregon has recently launched an exciting partnership with Jubilee Zambia.  A community education event will be held at the Portland State University Multicultural Center, Smith Memorial Student Union 228 on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00pm.  Participants will learn more about the new “Linking Our Voices: Jubilee Oregon-Jubilee Zambia” partnership.

Presenters at this exciting event will be Jubilee Oregon members and PSU students in the Capstone Class: Ending Global Poverty.  The students will show a new DVD, present their personal stories of how learning about global debt has spurred them to become citizen activists, and share the new interactive “Jubilee Linking Our Voices” website they helped design.

This event is free and open to the public.  Jubilee Congregations are especially encouraged to attend and bring a team to learn about new Jubilee materials, including a letter to President Obama and educational resources for youth and adults.  Participants will also learn about the new campaign for an international Debt Court: Defuse the Debt Crisis.  This campaign was just launched at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal and calls on the G20 to support a fair and independent Debt Court.

Another feature of the event will be a launch of book groups on global economic justice.  The PSU Capstone students will showcase six books on Zambia, Africa, and the Millennium Development Goals.  A synopsis of books and study guide questions will be available.  Attendees can sign up for book groups that Jubilee Oregon will coordinate after the event.

An added attraction will be interactive sessions on practicing citizen advocacy, learning about a new post card campaign for debt justice, and viewing informational tables from other local global justice groups.  A raffle at the end of the event will include restaurant coupons, World Music CDs and books.

We encourage all congregations to advertise this event in newsletters and bulletins.  For more information or questions, please contact us at: Flyers for the event will be available soon and can be obtained by contacting the same email.

Karen Kulm is a member of Vancouver First Congregational UCC.  She has worked with the PSU Capstone students in organizing this Linking Our Voices Event.  Karen is also active in equal rights advocacy, health care reform, and union organizing.