Trinity Tran of Public Bank Los Angeles

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Voyage Magazine talks to Trinity Tran about the evolution from Revolution LA to Divest LA to Public Bank LA to the California Public Banking Allianceeach movement building on its predecessor. A peek into our battle-tested campaigns: part public policy think tank, part political strategists, part community organizers.

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How Public Banking Is A Revolution

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Lee Camp talks with Trinity Tran on grassroots movement building and effective tactics that lead to California's historic win against powerful corporate lobbyists-- from moving the public banking concept further into the political mainstream, creating a public lobbying force to combat Wall Street lobbyists to the next steps for the national movement.

2022 UPDATE: The RT Network was removed from YouTube along with the original interview video. A mirror copy is below. 

LA Could Become The First City In The Country To Open Up Its Own Bank

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Following the passage of a new state bill, local public banking advocates say they plan to make Los Angeles the first city in the country to establish its own bank.

They got the support of L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson on Monday. Wesson said he plans to introduce a motion this week to begin the process of recruiting a banking expert who would advise the city on creating a public bank.

These moves follow Gov. Gavin Newsom's approval last week of a bill allowing local governments to establish public banks. Newsom's signature makes California the only state aside from North Dakota to permit government-run banks.

Wesson acknowledged it could take years before a public bank would actually be up and running in the city. But he said he wanted to "put in place the foundation as quickly as possible."

"We are almost there, but we're not there yet," Wesson said. "With this motion that I'm introducing, I think we will move this ball further down the court."

Advocates want L.A. to withdraw its deposits from commercial banks like Wells Fargo and put them into a new, publicly owned financial institution. They argue a public bank could fund projects like affordable housing and green infrastructure at lower interest rates and without concern for maximizing profits or shareholder returns.

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