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Leaders of the Cancel Debt Fast

Jubilee USA's faces of the fast come from diverse religious and political perspectives. The following leaders are supporting the Cancel Debt Fast! campaign by endorsing it or by committing to fast for a day or more as part of the campaign:

U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Rep. Spencer Bachus is serving is eighth term in the 110th Congress of the House of Representatives. He is the Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee and co-introduced the Jubilee Act in the 109th Congress.

David Beckmann, President, Bread For The World

David Beckmann has been president of Bread for the World for 15 years, leading large-scale and successful campaigning to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty.

Dennis Brutus, South African poet and activist
Dennis Brutus is a South African poet and leading anti-apartheid campaigner. Imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, Brutus is author of several books including Letters to Martha and his most recent work Poetry & Protest.

Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell, a Break the Chains! music artist, has recently released the album "For the Living of These Days". She has generously donated her song "Freedom Train" to Jubilee. An abiding fascination with storytelling, race, religion, history and the day-to-day happenings of people's lives continue to fuel Kate's musical pursuits.

Bart Campolo, Founder, Mission Year

Bart Campolo is leader of The Walnut Hills Fellowship, a local ministry in inner city Cincinnati, and founder of Mission Year, a Christian ministry that recruits committed young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods across the country. He is also executive director of EAPE, which develops and supports innovative, cost-effective mission projects around the world.  

Tony Campolo, Founder, Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education
Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in various countries in the Global South and inner cities across North America. He is the author of 34 books, including Letters to a Young Evangelical and The God of Intimacy and Action.

Sister Joan Chittister

Sister Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun and an international lecturer on topics concerning women, the poor, peace and justice, and contemporary issues in church and society.

U.S. Representative Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II is currently serving his first term representing the Fifth District of Missouri in the House of Representatives and sits on the exclusive Financial Services Committee.

Sam Daley-Harris, Founder, RESULTS

Sam Daley-Harris, is Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and the founder and president of RESULTS, an international citizens’ lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and poverty.

Rev. Sharon Delgado, Author and Clergy
Rev. Sharon Delgado, a clergy member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, is co-founder and executive director of Earth Justice Ministries.

Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Marie Dennis is an author of numerous books and currently serves as director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and President of Pax Christi International.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Laureate, Argentina
Adolfo Perez Esquivel is an Argentinian who won the Nobel Prize in 1980 for his human rights work in Latin America.

Paul Farmer, founder, Partners in Health
Paul Farmer, medical anthropologist and physician, is a founding director of Partners In Health, an international organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Rev. Angel Furlan, Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina
Rev. Angel Furlan is bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and  responsible for the advocacy program about the foreign debt in Latin America.

Susan George, Author
Susan George is Chair of the Transnational Institute and author of more than a dozen books on the global economy including Debt Boomerang and A Fate Worse than Debt.

Dr. Noreena Hertz, Professor, Cambridge University
Dr. Noreena Hertz, a leading political economist, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Business & Management at Cambridge University and a passionate and influential advocate of ethical globalization.

Linda Jamarillo, Executive Minister, UCC Justice & Witness Ministries
Linda Jamarillo is executive minister and leads United Church of  Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bernice Powell Jackson, North American President, World Council of Churches
Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, former USA executive minister of the Justice and Witness ministries of the United Church of Christ, is the newly elected World Council of Churches (WCC) president from North America. A member of the WCC Central Committee since 1998, Powell Jackson is the spokesperson for this year’s WCC Decade to Overcome Violence focus on the U.S.

Ras K’Dee, Native American Hip Hop Artist
Ras K’Dee, a Break the Chains! music artist, has recently released the album "Street Prison". He also hosts a weekly radio program on KPFA called Bay Native Circle.

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun
Rabbi Michael Lerner editor of Tikkun magazine and Convener of the Network for Spiritual Progressives.

Mariide, a Break the Chains! music artist, is a longstanding social justice and environmental activist. Her song, "New World Order Hymn," appeared on the Break the Chains! album. Her musical roots are in the 1960’s Seattle folk scene.

Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
Ruth Messinger has been the president of AJWS, an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice, since 1988. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Dr. Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Tanzania

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, Cape Town, South Africa
Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane is the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and the successor to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne (D-NJ)
Rep. Donald Payne was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey in 1988 and is now in his 10th term in the 110th Congress of the House of Representatives. He is currently a member of several committees including the Foreign Affairs Committee where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health.

Andy Shallal, entrepreneur
Andy Shallal is the owner of four Washington, D.C.-area restaurants including Busboys & Poets and Mimi's.

Hilary O. Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau

Hilary Shelton is director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the 500,000-member national civil rights organization.

Ron Sider, Founder, Evangelicals for Social Action

Dr. Ron Sider is the President of Evangelicals for Social Action and the Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy.  He is the author of numerous books on Christianity and public policy, including the Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America and the ground-breaking book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.

Stephan Said aka Stephan Smith, activist and musician
Stephan Said aka Stephan Smith is a renowned musician who performs rock, country and rap songs seeped in the old time folk tradition. His work includes his 1999 debut album "Now's The Time", "New World Worder" in 2003 and he is a featured artist on Jubilee USA's Break the Chains album.

John Thomas, President, United Church of Christ
Rev. John Thomas is the President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ. He is based at the UCC’s national headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim Wallis, CEO, Sojourners

Rev. Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, preacher, speaker, activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. His latest book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (HarperCollins, 2005), was on The New York Times bestseller list for four months. He is president and executive director of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine.  He lives in inner city Washington, DC with his wife Carroll and their sons, Luke (8) and Jack (3).

Paul Zeitz, Executive Director, Global AIDS Alliance
Paul Zeitz is co-founder and Executive Director of the Global AIDS Alliance and a public health specialist with over 14 years of experience in developing nations, including Bolivia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.


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