- Alexandria from Alt Banking is taking a survey for her research, please help her out: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WFCQBHW
- From Sue: there’s a link to conference calls (student debt etc.) here: http://interoccupy.org/
- Also from Sue: a reading list centered on the creation of debt and money on our blog, posted by Nathan.
- From Joe Sucher: he’s written two stories about Louise Davidson, currently living in her jeep, outside her Loma, Colorado home and wants us to spread the word: http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/does-fannie-have-no-heart-1048200-1.html
- Tonia is asking for people to read the Usury Law document which she’s now updated with lots of history of credit cards as well as pros and cons for Usury Laws. Please read it for two weeks from yesterday’s meeting, so by April 21st: http://www.nycga.net/groups/alternative-banking/docs/usury-laws-research-v-2-work-in-progress
- Katya’s document about securitization is here. It engendered a really interesting and useful discussion about messaging yesterday.
- Hannah wants us to know about an event centered on the land-grab of Africa by financial insiders (see below).
These money managers are there because they are promised to make more than 25% return on investments in areas of the world where there exists incredible food insecurity. In 2009 only, nearly 60 million hectares of arable land – an area the size of France – was purchased or leased, 70 percent of it in Africa. It’s impossible to acquire that much of land without the continued taking of land previously held by small indigenous farmers. That number has only been increasing as more and more land has been leased off to companies and governments in Africa – by corrupt dictators, that have no moral qualms about displacing millions from their ancestral lands. On their website, HighQuest partners brag about representing $3.5 trillion in aggregated institutional assets and 25 million acres under cultivation in 2011 alone. This year they are expecting to double. BTW 25 million acres is the size of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined together, OR 11 times the size of Yellowstone National Park.
Please join in solidarity with food justice activists, Environmental ORGs, OWS groups, African students and communities in exposing these cabal of evil doers -that their “next big thing in finance” is nothing more than the next financial bubble with far more ill-consequences for humanity and the planet.
Day of Action: April 24 2012
301 Park Avenue. NY, NY
Here is a Link to the Sponsors of the event
Here’s a link to the conference page
Finally, a very short satirical video about land grabbing in Ethiopia.