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Public Banking Presentation at Goshen, NY

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In my capacity as the New York Coordinator for the Public Banking Institute (PBI), I was pleased to be invited to present the case for Public Banking in Goshen, NY, last December 2014 to the Democratic Alliance, Orange County Peace and Justice Group, and members of the New York Public Banking Group.

Joining me were Walt McRee, Board member and Communications Director of PBI (and since then named Chair of PBI), and Joan Bartl, the founder of the New Jersey Public Bank Campaign.

My presentation on the need, workings of, and activity towards, a Public Bank in New York State, and locally, came first and lasted for about half the 1 hour and fifty minute session. Following that was an informed Q&A panel discussion with the 18 attendees. We branched into areas of monetary reform, politics, and basic fairness issues.

The final video was made possible by the much-appreciated work of Manny Manhattan, a member of Occupy Public Banking and host of his own local access TV show.

Presentations like this are meant to be a beginning, not an end, and I look forward to the activists approaching their Electeds, community organizers, business owners, unions, and concerned citizens.

Please share this video with as many pro-Public Banking people as possible, and also the related slideshow here: You might find it easier to follow along with the slides below while watching the video above.

And the version with notes is here:

A downloadable blank form for citizens, and another one for Electeds, to sign in favor of a local PB study bill sponsored by state Assembly Member Sandy Galef is available on the New York Public Banking Facebook page. My hope is to get enough of these to influence Assembly members and the State Senate (Senator James Sanders has sponsored a companion bill in the Senate) to get more co-sponsors for the study bill. An e-petition describing the bill may be found here: click here and the latest 2015 Assembly bill here and the Senate version here. There are 10 co-sponsors and 2 co-sponsors on these bills respectively. We need many more!

I also discuss Public Banking in chapter 3 of my new book, "America is Not Broke!" which may be purchased on the publisher's site here: and on Amazon:

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