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Saturday, June 23 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Fighting for a Public Bank: How, Why, and Where

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This workshop will spotlight a range of efforts to build municipal public banks across the U.S. and describe how public banks can push back against Wall Street while serving the public good, support campaigns for divestment, and expand fair access to banking services. Members of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland will share their experience with grassroots organizing and working with elected officials and banking experts to gain city support for a feasibility study and develop a robust governance proposal. Lewis Reed, President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, will discuss the task force to study public banking recently created by his legislation. An organizer with the New Economy Project will discuss the recently-launched Public Bank NYC coalition and campaign, grounded in a vision for racial, environmental and economic justice.

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Sylvia Chi

Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland
Sylvia Chi is a cannabis business attorney and volunteer member of both the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland and Defenders of Mother Earth-Huichin, an indigenous-led, Oakland-based grassroots coalition following the call from Standing Rock to divest from banks that fund the extractive... Read More →
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Ali Issa

Coalition Organizer, New Economy Project
Ali is lead organizer for the NYC public bank campaign, which New Economy Project coordinates in coalition with community, labor and base-building groups. Ali previously worked with War Resisters League, organizing against police militarization and helping build cross-community coalitions... Read More →
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Debbie Notkin

Member, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland
I'm a lifelong activist, currently focused on public banking, and understanding/closing the racial wealth and income gaps. Also deeply versed in body image issues (very widely interpreted) and science fiction, especially feminist science fiction.
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Lewis Reed

President, Board of Aldermen, City of St. Louis
Lewis Reed has spent over two decades serving the people of St. Louis in elected office, civic and charitable involvement. He is currently the President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and serves as the head of the legislative branch of city government. Reed is the first African-American... Read More →

Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
CEC Classroom 211-212 A