Public Banking is on the move in California and across the country! Last year, California passed a groundbreaking law that allows for the creation of up to 10 local/regional banks, and there is a growing effort here to create the first statewide public bank in over 100 years. In addition, US Representatives Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) have introduced the Federal Public Banking Act, which would foster the creation of public banks across the country by establishing national guidelines and ways to finance them.
The California Public Banking Alliance is convening two conversations with national experts to explore the role public banking can play in winning economic and ecological justice.
Panel 1 – 10am to 11am: Putting People and Planet Before Profit. Featuring Emily Kawano and Mike Strode of the US Solidarity Economy Network. Moderated by David Cobb with CPBA and Cooperation Humboldt.
Panel 2 – 11:15am to 12:15pm: Public Banks, Fossil Fuel Divestment and Community Reinvestment. Featuring Reina Tello of People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER) and Sylvia Chi of Asia Pacific Economic Network (APEN). Moderated by Doug Norlen with CPBA and Friends of the Earth.