On the 16 May, we’re changing our name from
Jubilee Debt Campaign to Debt Justice.
This page explains why and what the change will mean.
We are proud of our origins, our campaigning history and what our current name represents. However, it can also be a barrier to engaging new people who aren’t familiar with the concept of debt jubilee and are more likely to associate the word with the monarchy. It is also very closely linked to the Jubilee 2000 millennium campaign.
The debt crisis is growing globally, and we need a renewed response. 54 countries are now in crisis, which means debt payments are undermining their economies and the ability of governments to protect the basic economic and social rights of their citizens. Here in the UK the personal debt crisis is growing, with nearly 15 million people now struggling to keep up with bills.
We need to grow our campaigns to respond to this crisis.
When we surveyed our supporters and partners, it was clear that justice is a key value and the need to see economic justice as a driving force behind our campaigns.
The new name does not change why we are here, the work we do or our values: We are a campaigning organisation that exists to stop unjust debts driving poverty and inequality in lower income countries and in the UK. We build the power of affected people and platform their demands in our campaigns and play a pivotal role in national and international movements.
Our new logo and name are shown below.
Let us know your thoughts on the new logo and the relaunch here:Give your opinion
Join us to help relaunch our organisation
We would like to invite you to celebrate this relaunch by joining us at our online launch party on the 16 May. We have chosen this date in celebration of one of the key moments in our campaigning history, when supporters formed a human chain around Birmingham.Reserve your spot
Questions about this change
The Q&A below should help answer any questions you have about this change, but please do get in touch to let us know what you think, or with any other questions, you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our website, social media channels and other communications will all change from Jubilee Debt Campaign to Debt Justice. We have chosen this date in celebration of one of the key moments in our campaigning history, when supporters formed a human chain around Birmingham.
We would like to invite you to our online launch event to celebrate our reluanch.
If you have a regular gift (by Standing Order, Direct Debit or CAF account), your donations will continue as normal and there is no need to do anything.If you donate by cheque, from May 2022 you should make out cheques to ‘Debt Justice’ rather than ‘Jubilee Debt Campaign’ – but our bank will still accept cheques made out to ‘Jubilee Debt Campaign’ for quite a while.
Yes, we have sister organisations in over thirty countries in the world, and we will continue to campaign alongside them. Many have also changed their names in recent years, and most do not use the word Jubilee. The Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development is the foremost organisation working in Asia on debt justice, for example.
After we reluanch with our new name, we will continue to state that we were ‘formerly known as Jubilee Debt Campaign’ in our public communications. This will likely continue for up to a year to help us transition to our new name.
In addition to our name change, we will have a new logo and new colours to represent the organisation. This will give us a refreshed, more current look.