Ellen Brown, J.D., developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. She is the founder and chair of the Public Banking Institute. She is the author of twelve books, including the groundbreaking "Web of Debt" and "The Public Bank Solution." The latter traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the public, and how the people can take that power back through public banks that operate in the public interest. Ellen’s three hundred-plus articles are posted at EllenBrown.com. She also co-hosts the podcast “It’s Our Money” on PRN.FM and podbean. She is a Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative and has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law
CREATING STRONG COMMUNITIES, FOOD SYSTEMS AND PROSPERITY BY TAKING BACK OUR MONEY SYSTEM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Our nation was founded on publicly-issued money and credit—a breakthrough “American system” that competed with the “British system” of money and credit issued for private profit. That competition continues today, when our banking system is fragile, our government has been usurped, and we are faced with a relentless push for centralization and control, including with “programmable” Central Bank Digital Currencies that would override constitutional principles of individual and local sovereignty. In her talk, Ellen Brown will address how to take our sovereignty back? We can start at the local government level with publicly-owned banks following the stellar model of the century-old Bank of North Dakota. Digital technology has now advanced to the point that we can form our own currencies at an even more local level–food-backed or labor-backed dollars issued by groups of farmers, gardeners or worker co-ops–connected on public platforms while remaining privacy-protected. We can restore our sovereignty by reclaiming the power to issue our own people-backed money and credit.