The next meeting of the Portland Public Banking Alliance is
the second Thursday each month from 7:30 - 9 PM
First Unitarian Church SW 12th and Salmon in the Buchan Building. Enter on Salmon St.
If the entry door is locked when you arrive, please call 503.847.8410 and someone will come down and let you in.
Ron Buel, Chair
Read what it takes to start up a city or state bank here:
FROM ELLEN BROWN about the attempt to pass legislation in LA's November '18 election for a Public Bank....42% said yes! did not pass but a great first attempt. read her details here:
Hi, I've gotten inquiries on the outcome of the Los Angeles ballot measure to approve a city-owned bank , so thought I would send a quick update. Unfortunately it did not pass, but it did get 42 percent of the vote. It was a remarkable outcome considering that the dynamic young Public Bank LA advocacy group effectively only had a month to educate 4 million voters on what a public bank is and why passing the measure was a good idea. If they had had another month, the bill could well have passed.
The City Council took supporters by surprise when it put the charter amendment on the ballot in July, leaving only four months to promote it. Passing a ballot measure typically takes a campaign war chest of $750,000 or more, and the all-volunteer PBLA group began with no funding and no formal group. The first challenge was clearing the legal requirement of forming a campaign committee, which itself takes funding and some expertise. The committee only began amassing campaign funds a month before the November 6 vote, after which it managed to bring in $60,000.
Most of the campaign, however, was conducted with sheer people power. According to PBLA political director Ben Hauck, in that short time the all-volunteer team managed to gain endorsements from over 100 organizations and community leaders, text message 350,000 voters, hand out over 50,000 flyers, reach over 500,000 voters through social media campaigns, get included in three mailers reaching over 1,200,000 voters, put up hundreds of yard signs and banners across L.A., talk with thousands of voters at events, universities, rallies and gatherings across the city, get featured in dozens of major news stories, articles and TV coverage, manage their own paid social media campaign, drive over 150,000 video views on a YouTube campaign, contact 200,000 voters via a robocall from the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, put on several significant campaign events, get featured in a press event with senatorial candidate Kevin de León and City Council President Herb Wesson, and create several featured videos, dozens of ads, and countless pieces of written content.
The PBLA team is pressing on undaunted. Leader Trinity Tran wrote after the vote, "Over a quarter million Angelenos voted in support of Measure B and the conversation on public banking has now been amplified across the country. This is just the beginning of the national movement. And it's a fight we are certain will be won."
We’re hugely proud of the PBLA team! Their dramatic achievements in a very short time are a testament to the power of a committed group of volunteers working together at the local level for a cause they feel strongly about.
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Early in 2018, Oakland and Berkeley City councils have voted to spend $100,000 to investigate the value of an Oakland Public Bank and a Berkeley Public Bank. Strike Debt Bay Area was behind the educational efforts that brought these 2 cities, with a combined population equal to Portland, to this point. San Francisco is ready to do the same. Power to the people means keeping the peoples money in the state instead of big Wall St. banks. We can do this!
The Berkeley City Council proclaimed May 1, 2018 "Break Up With Your Bank Day" as a way to encourage residents to move their money to socially and environmentally responsible banks.The goal is to spur Berkeley residents to stop doing business with banks that engage in fraudulent practices and that invest in things like fossil fuel infrastructure, pipelines, gun manufacturing, private prisons, and big tobacco. This effort extends the critical groundwork to shift the City's banking business to community banks and credit unions that invest in Bay Area businesses and that better reflect Berkeley's values of social, economic and environmental justice.
How we would benefit from establishing a public bank in San Francisco or elsewhere. Short PSA from SF Public Bank
This short animated video explains what public banking is and why we need it.
Public Banking Resources