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  • Northeast OhioAmerican FriendsService Committee { Economic and Political Justice ProgramGreg Coleridge – Program DirectorLeah Davis – Administrative Assistant
  • Address: 2101 Front St., #111, CuyahogaFalls, OH 44221 [between Akron andCleveland]Web: http://afsc.net/Blog:http://createrealdemocracy.blogspot.com/On Facebook
  • Economic and Political Justice CommitteeMember Roster: John Fuller – Clerk Vicki Armstrong Carla Rautenberg Willie Smith Joe Mosyjowki Patti Longville Lois Romanoff Chaeli Moyer Effie Stewart Zach Friedhof Eugene Watkins Peter Schanz
  • Interns: Brittany Senger – The University of Akron, School of Social Work Bethany Marcum – The University of Akron, School of Social Work Victoria (Rosie) Holcomb – The University of Akron, School of Social Work Randi Cutlip – The University of Akron, School of Social Work Elizabeth Rose – 2012/2013 John Looney Intern
  • Goals:To change……culture… laws (legislation)… ground rules (U.S. Constitution)…through education, advocacy andorganizing for economic and politicaljustice
  • Four Areas of Focus:1. Akron Time Bank2. Budget Priorities3. Monetary Reform4. Corporations & Democracy
  • 1. Akron Time Bank
  •  A pattern of reciprocal exchange that uses units of time as currency.  One example of an alternative monetary system  You receive one time credit for every hour you spend doing a service for someone.  A way to build community and address social problemsWhat is Time Banking?
  • 1. Everyone is an asset 2. Some work is beyond monetary price 3. Reciprocity in helping 4. Social networks are necessary 5. A respect for all human beingsTime banking is based on5 core values
  • Students Rosie Holcomb and Bethany Marcum help a fellow time banker and learn about sustainable gardening.
  • 2. Budget Priorities- Educational events- Street Actions- Lobbying
  • No Cuts March and Rally, December, Cleveland
  • Save Our CommunitiesConference, April, Cleveland
  • Tax DayActions –April,Clevelandand Akron,
  • Tax Day March, April, Cleveland
  • Budget Priority Bar Graph Action, May, Akron
  • Public Hearing on Poverty andthe Federal Budget, June, Akron
  • 3. Monetary Reform- General Monetary Literacy- Advocacy for NationalEmergency EmploymentDefense {NEED] Act - HR 2990
  • General Monetary LiteracyProduction of weekly Monetary HistoryCalendar[sample]JANUARY 24, 1939 – STATEMENT MADE BY ROBERT H.HEMPHILL, CREDIT MANAGER OF THE FEDERALRESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA"We are completely dependent on the commercialbanks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have incirculation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample syntheticmoney, we are prosperous; if not, we starve..It is the mostimportant subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflectupon. It is so important that our present civilization maycollapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defectsremedied...”To subscribe, send email to monetarycalendar@yahoo.com
  • General Monetary LiteracyHelped start Monetary Literacy Group- Sponsor events- Book reviews- Public discussions- Attend and report back from conferences- Advocacy of monetary reforms- Composed of “radicals,” “progressives,” “libertarians,” “conservatives” – people who support everyone from Jill Stein to Mitt Romney, who listen to everyone from Glenn Beck to Amy Goodman
  • Promotion of NEED ActNational Emergency Employment Defense [NEED] Act, HR2990) Pays off national debt as it comes due with national $ Create 7 million jobs debt-free repairing the nation’s physical and human infrastructure Eliminates power of banks to use debt as money – ending fractional reverse banking Democratize money system & society by placing the Fed under public control/creation of monetary authorityPUBLIC BELIEVES, THANKS TO MISINFORMATION, 3MAJOR PROVISIONS OF ACT WHICH ALREADY EXIST1.Federal Reserve is public2. Money is issued and circulated by the government /We thePeople3. Banks only lend money they possess
  • 4. Corporations & Democracy
  • Promotion Nationally, in Ohio, and in NortheastOhioProposed 28th Constitutional Amendment- Only human beings, not corporations, possess constitutional rights- Money is not equivalent to speech and, therefore, political campaign spending and contributions can be regulated.
  • Move to AmendNationally- Initial national Steering Committee member- Participate in monthly national conference- calls.[Major goal in 2012 is passing resolutions /ballot initiatives by municipalities andorganizational endorsements]Ohio- Coordinate Move to Amend Ohio campaign (10 affiliates/partners)- Corporations/Democracy email listserve / Create Real Democracy blog- Helped organize new affiliates in Summit County, Cleveland, and Fremont. Working with people in Cleveland Hts, Lakewood, Shaker Hts, Chesterland, S.Euclid and Dayton.
  • Move to AmendNortheast Ohio- Coordinated Occupy the Courtsactions in Akron and Cleveland- Helped pass municipal resolutions in Cleveland Hts. and Barberton- Helped organize successful ballot access campaigns in Newburgh Hts and Brecksville and unsuccessful campaign in Defiance- Helping Cleveland Hts launch a citizen initiative campaign- Coordinating the STAMPedTour in Cleveland
  • Model of Social Movement According to the 20th Century Populists / NEO AFSC FOCUS ON CHANGING CULTURE, AND ECONOMIC AND POLITICSL LAWS AND RULES1. RECRUITMENT - Producer Coops / Time Bank2. EDUCATION - Sub-treasury plan and definition ofcorporations / Monetary reform and definition ofcorporations and money as speech3. COMMUNICATION - Lecturers and newspapers / talks,workshops, internet4. POLITICALIZATION - Peoples Party / AMI and MTA