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A long time campaigner of Jubilee 2000 and JDC has penned this thoughtful piece to promote some discussion amongst our readers. Please add your comments or even send in longer contributions on how the problem should be addressed.

When the great financial crisis struck in ’08, we hoped the meltdown would make way for a global change of direction – the poorest countries would finally be dealt with honourably and justly, and thousands of new jobs would be created worldwide to usher in an exciting age of renewable energy. Instead, apart from a very small bit more regulation of the banks, it’s basically back to the same old ways – the poor are still getting poorer, the rich richer, and care for the planet was thrown out at Copenhagen.

How have we let this happen?

93,100 people, a mere 9% the world’s richest, possess $3.5 trillion as spare money to invest and gamble on stock exchanges. When their gambling came unstuck, 4 million Americans had their homes repossessed. They live in tents while their houses stand empty and boarded up in what was the richest country in the world, and the rest of us bail out the banks. If we feel too hard hit, we need to remember that an extra 100 million in the poorest countries now struggle for life itself. Their $1 a day provides only the barest minimum food needed for survival, and nothing else.

Must we continue to let the small elites rule the rest of us for ever?

The world has been taken over by a money system that has run wild. It serves a global market that can only survive through continual growth, but it has no guiding ethics. Profit is the only rule, even if it devastates the lives and ecology of the world, and there are plenty of people at the top, ruthless and greedy enough to let that happen.

Is it time for a change?

Faiths In Action awarded JDC a grant of £6000 towards funding a Multifaith Co-ordinator. Alongside support from MRDF and many generous individual donations, we had sufficient funds to make an appointment for two days a week for nine months.

So Chris Bloore has already made a start! He was selected from a very strong list of candidates. He comes from a Birmingham community and media background and we are confident he brings exceptional energy and commitment to the aims of the Multifaith Project and to JDC.

He will work with the JDC Multifaith steering group based in Birmingham, which includes representatives of faith groups across the West Midlands, and with national JDC staff. He will be making use of office space in Birmingham, generously donated by a JDC faith partner.

Chris is working on an ambitious programme to maximise the impact of the Multifaith Project in nine months. He is contacting faith communities locally and nationally, developing the project website, planning at least one multifaith conference and co-ordinating multifaith campaign action. Chris is a person who inspires participation and we are excited and positive about the way ahead.

We very much hope that you will consider supporting the aims of the Jubilee Debt Campaign Multifaith Project by making a donation that will help to extend the potential of the Project and to sustain the role of the Multifaith Co-ordinator beyond nine months.

Do consider Gift aiding your contribution and become part of our email support network. There are many ways you can join in seeking justice on the issue of Global Poverty. I look forward to having your comments and hearing from you soon

Audrey Miller


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