A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 21, 2020
“You are not a loan”

"You are not a loan” (a pun on “you are not alone") was painted on a business sign and printed in the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on May 24, 1998. “You are not a loan” was printed on signs in the “Occupy" movement in 2012.

“The world owes me a living” is an old saying. “The world does not owe you anything. You are not a loan” is a jocular message that was posted on Facebook by Indian Hills Community Sign on August 22, 2020.

“I take my paycheck to the bar because that’s better than drinking a loan” and “If you borrow a bottle of wine, are you drinking a loan?” are other “a loan"/"alone" puns.


24 May 1998, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Signs Bring Moans, Groans, Guffaws: Corny Humor Is Hallmark of Bank” by Jody A. Benjamin, pg. 1:
Mort Fisher’s signs
* You Are Not A-Loan. Everyone Finances

28 February 2007, Hartford (CT) Courant, “You Are Not A Loan: Most People Have Kept Something Borrowed Or Regretted Loaning Something” by Greg Morago, pg. D1:
Last week, when Marianne O’Hare asked to borrow a book, she went out of her way to insist she’d return it. Her vows to get the book back to the owner were the kind of urgent promise that perhaps only a serial borrower would make.

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AsiaSukia
@asiasukia
http://bit.ly/cVyox “You are not a LOAN"-Liza: “You are not a LOAN"-Liza
11:40 PM · Jul 2, 2009·twitterfeed

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The Hard Left
@morelikewater
You are not a loan. #rockthebanks
4:32 PM · Mar 7, 2011·Seesmic

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Andrew Rinehart
@thee_rinehart
You are not a loan. -Subway graffiti
3:40 PM · Jan 12, 2012 from New York, NY·Twitter for Android

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Tom Swift V
@tomswiftv
“You are not a loan.” - OWS #newyorkshitty
10:16 PM · Jan 25, 2012·Twitter SMS

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spyros_vj
@spyros_vj
Tag of the day: You are not a loan http://newyorkshitty.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/OWS2.jpg
7:39 AM · Jan 26, 2012·Twitter Web Client

1 May 2012, Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA),” ‘Death of education’ mourned in Long Beach City College procession” by Kelly Puenta and Greg Mellen, pg. ?:
In downtown Long Beach, a diverse group of demonstrators organized by Occupy Long Beach paraded through the financial district, stopping to chant in front of banks, before joining up with another band of protesters, and eventually a combined group of about 150 proceeded to City Hall Plaza for speeches and music.
(...)
They carried signs with messages such as “You are not a loan,” “We are the 99 percent” and “No more guided missiles and misguided men.”

Twitter
Occupy Wall Street
@OccupyWallSt
If you are in debt, know that you are not alone and you are not a loan. http://occupiedstories.com/strikedebt http://fb.me/YMsZjqXH
10:39 PM · Aug 9, 2012·Facebook

The Nation
Occupy 2.0: Strike Debt
Bereft of their big tent at Zuccotti Park, activists have found a unifying theme in debt.

By Astra Taylor SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
(...)
A few weeks in, the group found its focus; on June 10, during the inaugural NYC Debtors’ Assembly, there was a palpable spark. People testified through a cardboard “debtors’ mic” for more than two hours, many noting that they had never spoken publicly about their burden before. A deeply personal issue—one that is often a source of private shame—was being politicized before everyone’s eyes. The epiphany that suddenly connects the individual to the collective speaks to one of Strike Debt’s best slogans: “You are not a loan.”

In These Times
You Are Not A Loan
Is a debt strike the future of Occupy?

REBECCA BURNS NOVEMBER 8, 2012
Though the Occu­py camps have dis­band­ed, many orga­niz­ers believe they’ve found the next big tent under which the year-old move­ment can regroup: debt. At the one-year anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of Occu­py Wall Street, mem­bers of the group Strike Debt dis­trib­uted 5,000 free copies of a ​“Debt Resis­tors’ Oper­a­tions Man­u­al.”

Twitter
Mark Ruffalo
@MarkRuffalo
THis is a very cool movement please join. Building a political movement against debt. You are not a loan. You are not alone. 
@StrikeDebt
11:30 AM · Nov 13, 2012·Tweetbot for Mac

OCLC WorldCat record
You are Not a Loan: A Debtors Movement
Author: Andrew Ross
Edition/Format: Downloadable article Downloadable article : English
Publication: Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, v6 n1 (2014): 179-188
Summary:
Written from the participant perspective of the author, the article documents the debt resistance movement that is one of the enduring offshoots of Occupy Wall Street. Addressing the household debt crisis in the wake of the financial crash, it focuses in particular on student debt, approaching an aggregate 1.2 trillion in the U.S., with defaulters numbering in the tens of millions. The emergence of The Occupy Student Debt Campaign is analyzed, along with the initiatives of its successor, Strike Debt, including the Rolling Jubilee and the Debt Resistors Opera-tions Manual. The article concludes by arguing that debt will be the frontline of anticapitalist struggles in the 21st century, just as the struggle over wages dominated the twentieth century.

Common Dreams
Published on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
You Are Not A Loan: It’s Time to Bring Student Debt Down to Zero
The entire structure of financing higher education is broken. Superficial reform in Washington means nothing until we make tuition ... free

by Astra Taylor
The American higher education system is broken: between predatory student lenders, rapacious for-profit colleges, skyrocketing tuition rates and the number of people taking on a lifetime’s worth of debt before they can legally drink, the current system is not sustainable. Instead of providing a ladder to a better life, higher education too often reinforces class- and race-based disparities. And our government is not doing anything to provide relief to students even in the most egregious cases. What we really need is a revolution.

Twitter
Fred Nadelman
@FredNadelman
You are Not a Loan! Share Your Student Debt Story http://tak.pt/i/xjYj5xev via
@TakePart
12:30 PM · Jul 8, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Melanie Lockert
@MelanieLockert
You are not a loan. You are not alone. Debt is not a death sentence. Text HOME to 741741 for help. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
6:04 PM · Sep 10, 2018·Twitter Web Client

OCLC WorldCat record
You are not a loan: Culture, debt, and resistance in the United States
Author: Aleksandra Perišić
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Kultura, n163(2019): 11-27

YouTube
Renegade Inc: You Are Not A Loan
Feb 3, 2020
RT UK
It was the German philosopher and economist Karl Marx who said that “There must be something rotten at the very core of a social system which increases it wealth without diminishing its misery.”

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Indian Hills Community Sign
August 22, 2020 ·
THE WORLD DOES
NOT OWE YOU
ANYTHING
YOU ARE NOT
A LOAN

(Trademark)
Word Mark YOU ARE NOT A-LOAN
Goods and Services IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: printed guides in the fields of mortgages for homeowners and consumers, retention options and other loan workout solutions. FIRST USE: 20110206. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20110206
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85390834
Filing Date August 5, 2011
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 17, 2012
Registration Number 4216494
Registration Date October 2, 2012
Owner (REGISTRANT) Mizna Telecom LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MICHIGAN 23400 Michigan Ave Suite 101 Dearborn MICHIGAN 48124
(LAST LISTED OWNER) THE LENDING KEY, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MICHIGAN 19853 OUTER DRIVE SUITE 300 DEARBORN MICHIGAN 48124
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Kimberly A. Berger
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark YOU ARE NOT A LOAN
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Matching borrowers with potential lenders in the field of mortgage lending. FIRST USE: 20131104. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20131104
(ABANDONED) IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Mortgage consulting services concerning financial requirements for mortgages. FIRST USE: 20131104. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20131104
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86196321
Filing Date February 18, 2014
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) The Lending Key, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY MICHIGAN Suite 300 19853 Outer Drive Dearborn MICHIGAN 48124
Attorney of Record Kimberly A. Berger
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date November 25, 2014

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