Seattle Public Municipal Bank Forum, Dec 10


Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata,
State Senator Bob Hasegawa,
Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute,
the Seattle Public Bank Coalition,
and experts in public banking for a

public forum on

A Municipal Bank for Seattle

Dec 10 at 7pm

University Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle

Seattle could have a public bank for public lending. Once the city capitalizes the bank, it can act like any bank by creating loans for local needs.

1. Public banks can lend for local needs at rates that the global Wall Street banks are unlikely to find attractive.

2. A public bank can reduce a city’s reliance on expensive private bond issuance, reducing the costs of capital projects by 30-40%.

3. A city government can finance its projects through its own bank. The city earns interest, making more projects possible or lowering the tax burden.

4. A public bank as it grows, can partner with community banks and credit unions to support small business with lending at reasonable rates.


Seattle Public Bank Coalition
Public Banking Institute
University Temple, United Methodist Church

Quote from Martin Luther King County Labor Council Executive Secretary/Treasurer David Freiboth:

We are all too aware of the misery wrought upon ordinary citizens by an under-regulated and out of control financial sector. After years of deregulation the banking system is no better than it was preceding the Great Recession. That reason alone is enough to bring some sanity to our financial sector through public banking.

DeFazio on the secret Trans Pacific Partnership "free trade" negotiations

US Representative Peter DeFazio addresses Congress on the pitfalls of the secret “free” trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. This video predates Japan joining the TPP . . . listen to the “hit” the US car industry will take with Japan joining . . . it also predates US Representative Alan Grayson actually getting a chance to view the document, who ultimately said it was a “huge punch in the face to the middle class of America.” He further said, “The TPP is nicknamed “NAFTA on steroids.” Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. I can’t tell you what’s in the agreement, because the U.S. Trade Representative calls it classified. But I can tell you two things about it.1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.

2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.”

Final conclusion from US Representative DeFazio, “Kiss our economy good bye if this secret agreement goes through.”

Watch the video:

Please find your STATE ACTION GROUP Join other concerned citizens in your area to help stop the TPP and Fast Track. NO ON TPP Flyers and other resources available here too.

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley's sentence

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley’s sentence: Major General Buchanan,

The persecution of Bradley Manning, who honored his duty by reporting war crimes, is a dishonor to the U.S. military and government. The abuse he has suffered in prison is a crime, prohibited both by Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution.

The most significant crimes in this case were perpetrated by the U.S. military and the U.S. government. I am outraged and shamed by the violations of our constitution, international treaty and the abuse of the rights of U.S. citizens. Our country and the U.S military must be held to higher standards than this!

Please reduce Bradley Manning’s sentence to time served.

Thank you, Linda Boyd

Call the new general’s Public Affairs Office at 202-685-2900

Political movements as spiritual conversion?

I have said that a ‘movement’ may be only possible if people experience a political shift on the level of a spiritual conversion. Here it is at work! When they get arrested, they’re calling it “bearing witness.” These people know how to send love and support to those who are willing to sacrifice their personal comfort for the cause. I spent a summer in Raleigh, and found it to be a segregated town, with a noticeable number of people involved in the arts and alternative lifestyle. These people are tapping into the better parts of deep culture and are worth supporting.

9 Ways to Organize the Next Civil Rights Movement

Seattle City Council, Position 2: Kshama Sawant

He may look goofy, but Richard Conlin isn’t just a huge-headed tooth balloon—he’s arguably the most destructive member of the Seattle City Council.

He has claimed to be a progressive environmentalist during his 16 years on the council, when in fact he has spent those four terms helping to kill mass transit, build new highways, and seek harsh penalties for panhandlers. He’s not a progressive; he’s a green-washing liberal fraud. Sure, Conlin has served on the Sound Transit board and prized a bill to legalize backyard pygmy goats—which shows how much he lervz the earth—but as council president, Conlin hampered real environmental progress: He brought votes to suspend funding of the city’s Transit Master Plan while leaving the city’s Bicycle Master Plan mostly unfunded. Conlin backed building a wider, six-lane 520 bridge that still lacks $2 billion in funding for Seattle’s side of the project. He championed a deep-bore tunnel (dishonestly calling it a “green alternative”) that won’t accommodate any mass transit. And Conlin ignored environmental reviews for the tunnel in the name of expediting highway construction, while arguing in favor of environmental reviews as a means to delay mass transit projects and homeless shelters.

On human rights, Conlin’s record is terrible: He was the only “no” vote on the council on a bill to require paid sick leave. He also ignored the Seattle Human Rights Commission, appointed by the mayor and council, which unanimously opposed new penalties for aggressive panhandling (which is already a criminal offense), because they violated due process in court and provided a fast track to jail. “The proposed ordinance does not comply with human rights standards,” the commission found. What did Conlin do? He rushed the bill to a vote and voted for it anyway (Mayor McGinn later vetoed the bill).

In other words, don’t vote for that snake-oil-sweating charlatan.

In this race, the clear choice to represent Seattle is Kshama Sawant. Despite her “Socialist Alternative” label, there isn’t anything particularly radical about the core of Sawant’s progressive agenda. She promotes a $15 an hour minimum wage and new taxes on the wealthy to bolster funding for mass transit, while cutting taxes on small businesses, homeowners, and workers.

An Occupy Seattle organizer and economics instructor at Seattle Central Community College, Sawant—who is sharp as a tack and loud as an air horn—brings a lefty perspective that would widen the council’s ideological spectrum and make the progressive council member Mike O’Brien seem more moderate in comparison. We wouldn’t want a council filled with Sawants. But we don’t want a council filled with sniveling, prevaricating Conlins, either—and that’s pretty much what we have now.

Brian Carver, another challenger in the race, hasn’t shown the spine our council needs. But Sawant has—vote Sawant.

Restorative Justice Issue Call, Saturday

For those who have RSVP’d to attend this event, don’t forget the call is this Saturday!

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please read on…


California’s justice system appears blind–blind to the inhumanity of its prison system. Inmates in California are still protesting torturous solitary confinement and other inhumane conditions in a hunger strike, which has been ongoing since last week.

The US has more inmates in prisons and jails than any other country. Prisons have become big business through privatization, and they have real economic and social consequences.

On Saturday July 27, Justice Party Vice Presidential candidate Luis Rodriguez will speak about restorative justice. We invite you to join us!

Saturday, July 27
12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10AM MT, 9AM PT

Luis will be joined by his son Ramiro in a discussion of restorative justice, why it is important to the individuals involved and our communities, and how to get involved. In addition, we’ll learn what others are doing to prevent incarceration, especially among young men living in urban communities of color.

Please RSVP and mark your calendar for July 27. We’ll send you the call-in information in an email acknowledgement after you register.

We encourage you to invite friends and family members to join us for this timely and important discussion.

Yours for Justice,

The Justice Party National Steering Committee

BACKGROUND: US now has 'parallel Supreme Court' making secret law

Is any kind of meaningful democracy possible in a régime of secret law? — This is the question raised by the lead article in Sunday’s *New York Times*, which said that the FISA court “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come.”[1] — Its “rulings, some nearly 100 pages long, reveal that the court has taken on a much more expansive role by regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny,” Eric Lichtblau reported.

“In one of the court’s most important decisions, the judges have expanded the use in terrorism cases of a legal principle known as the ‘special needs’ doctrine and carved out an exception to the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures.” 

COMMENT: This is comparable to the U.S. national security state’s invention of a “state secrets” doctrine early in the nuclear era. — As UFPPC said in a statement in a year ago, ( ) “pervasive secrecy will make democracy untenable in the long run. — Pervasive secrecy means that the American public is unable to evaluate properly the behavior of nations and groups that the U.S. regards as adversaries or enemies. — Their overtly hostile acts, which are usually presented as ‘aggressive,’ are often defensive in nature. — And all too often, the U.S. government is going so far as to consider the efforts of American citizens to maintain open government to be hostile acts as well.” — This is precisely what has happened to Edward Snowden. –Mark] In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.

Public banking conference on lifestream tomorrow (Sunday)

Don’t miss the Public Banking Conference on lifestream.  Speakers will include Ellen Brown, Matt Taibbi, Gar Alperovitz, and Birgitta Jonsdottir. Thanks to John Repp and Cindy Cole will represent Washington State there!
The Public Banking Institute is having their annual conference in San Francisco beginning at 1:00 PM tomorrow, Sunday, June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.   If you have some time you can stream it live:  Here is the URL