This great graphic from the Washington Public Banking Coalition heads an extensive public banking article by John Lawrence, published in the San Diego Free Press.
Alarmed by the corruption and greed of Wall Street, many US cities and states are studying the feasibility of establishing public banks. Public banks are owned by cities, states or other jurisdictions and serve to keep funds local instead of being deposited on Wall Street. The funds are then used to support local economic activities like small business loans and student loans.
Washington state has already cut its ties with Wells Fargo because they funded DAPL. Now they want to get rid of Wall Street as a place to park their money making use of the local economy and profiting the people of Washington instead of the bankers of Wall Street. Bills were introduced on January 18 in both the House and Senate of the Washington State Legislature that add Washington to the growing number of states now actively moving to create public banking facilities.
Lawrence goes on to quote Ellen Brown, to describe what’s happening in New Mexico, to quote a lot of our resolution, and to give some background on the Bank of North Dakota (more info on New Mexico and North Dakota here). If you have friends who don’t understand the point of public banking, this is a great link to send them.