I think the Occupy movement is pretty well known by now. They're still going pretty well and lately did something I can only describe as pretty damn awesome. It's called The Rolling Jubilee project and it was set up about a year ago. Actually it was exactly a year ago today. When people really get into debt and can't pay it back, you can actually buy it at a very low price. The short version of the story is that they've actually bought (and absolved) over 15 million dollars worth of debt. Their original goal was to raise 50 thousand dollars to purchase about one million dollars worth of debt and got a lot more than that. They only spent about 400,000 getting the debt.
They mostly, if only, focus on people who shouldn't be in debt. It's not the folks who buy stuff with money they don't have. The main debt they buy is medical debt. Almost all of it. As well as helping people out with their debt they also wanted to spread the message that debt isn't as expensive as people think. Typically debt is sold to a third party at about 5 cents to the dollar. So if someone comes knocking and says you owe so much, they more than likely paid only a fifth of what your debt is actually worth. So if they can get you to pay it, then they'll have made quite a big profit.
It just seems like a pretty amazing thing to purchase people's debt and then call them up and tell them it's all absolved. Especially when it's medical debt. If you're going to max out several credit cards on a bunch of material goods then you probably get what you deserve, but if you have to choose bankruptcy to save your life, then that's pretty shitty. No one should end up bankrupt or in serious debt because of their medical bills.
It's also very cool to see some people preach things and then actually follow through with it. They actually absolved people's debt.
For more information on Rolling Jubilee, feel free to visit their website; http://rollingjubilee.org/ It's a bailout of the people, by the people.