The Banking on New Mexico Conference in Santa Fe, on September 27, 2014 went extremely well, drawing citizens, bankers, and elected officials from around the nation! 


PBI was proud to sponsor this important event as part of our commitment to support local public banking initiatives.  

With talks by:

  • Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales;
  • Dr. Richard Wolff, author of Capitalism Hits the Fan and Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
  • Elen Brown, author of Web of Debt and The Public Banking Solution;
  • Gwen Hallsmith, Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute;
  • Dr. Thomas Keidel from German Savings Bank Association;
  • Alan Webber, author and entrepreneur;
  • Craig Barnes, founder of We Are People Here;

- and many more, the symposium was a powerful and inspiring experience.  Thanks go to the Craig Barnes of We Are People Here and all the volunteers who made this event a success!

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A dedicated group will continue to carry on the work in Santa Fe of exploring the creation of a municipally owned public bank.  We Are People Here and PBI will continue to work together to educate the public about the benefits and implications of creating such a bank.  The feasibility study commissioned by Mayor Gonzalez will be a key step in the process.

This article in the local Santa Fe New Mexican paper on Sunday September 28 is the first media summary of the event.

Stay tuned for videos, transcripts, articles, and other reports from Santa Fe!

 

 

BANKING ON NEW MEXICO PROGRAM

9:30 REGISTRATION

PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS
10:30-NOON

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS:

10:30 – WORKER-OWNED BUSINESSES: DEMOCRACY AT WORK
Moderator: Carol Oppenheimer, Santa Fe Forward
Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Henry Rael, Co-founder, Agricultura Network
Bob Nash and Emily Franklin, Northern New Mexico Worker Ownership Resource Center

10:30 – DIGGING DEEPER INTO PUBLIC BANKING
Moderator: Liz Stefanics, Santa Fe County Commissioner
Dr. Thomas Keidel, Director, German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
David P. Buchholtz, Attorney, Rodey Law Firm
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Executive Director, Public Banking Institute
Mike Krauss, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project
Ellen Brown, Founder of Public Banking Institute, and Author

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
1:30-9pm
12:30 REGISTRATION

The symposium is dedicated to those in our community who do not have access to a just economy.

1:30 – WELCOME
Javier Gonzales, Mayor, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Craig Barnes, Founder of WeArePeopleHere! and Author of Democracy at the Crossroads
Dedication by Angela Merkert, Executive Director, Ciudando Los Ninos

2:00 – THE CHALLENGE: THE NEED FOR LOCAL FUNDING
Moderator: James Jimenez, Director of Policy, Research, and Advocacy Integration, NM Voices for Children
Infrastructure/Cities: Joseph Maestas, Santa Fe City Council
Native American Issues: Marvin Ginn, Executive Director, Native Community Finance
The Un/Underbanked: Sharon Henderson, Senior Vice President, Prosperity Works
Small Business: Steve Becerra, Executive Director, South Valley Small Business Development

3:00 – BREAK / REFRESHMENTS

3:20 – THE RESPONSE: PUBLIC BANKING
Moderator: Brian Egolf, NM State House of Representatives
Mike Krauss, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Executive Director, Public Banking Institute
Dr. Thomas Keidel, Director, German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
Susan Harman, BankAct.org, U.S. Postal Banking

4:30 – PUBLIC BANKING: LIFELINE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Javier Gonzales, Mayor, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Alan Webber, Entrepreneur, Author
Agnes Noonan, President, WESST Enterprise (Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team)

5:15 – DINNER ON YOUR OWN

EVENING PROGRAM
7:00-9:00pm

7:00 – WELCOME
Craig Barnes, Founder of WeArePeopleHere! and Author of Democracy at the Crossroads

MUSICAL SATIRE – UP & DOWN THEATRE COMPANY: Robin Holloway, Lindsey Hope Perlman, Kate Chavez

7:15 – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CURING CAPITALISM
RICHARD WOLFF, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Author of Democracy at Work and Capitalism Hits the Fan

8:05 – MONEY, CREDIT AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE PUBLIC BANK SOLUTION
Ellen Brown, Founder, Public Banking Institute, Author of Web of Debt andThe Public Bank Solution

8:45 – CLOSING REMARKS: A CALL TO ACTION

 

 

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