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Banking on New Mexico Symposium

September 27
10:30am to 9:00pm
Registration starts at 9:30am

Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W Marcy Ave
Santa Fe, New Mexico


 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM* (note program schedule changes)


General Admission All Day: $40
Discounts Available: bankingonnewmexico@gmail.com
Students with ID: $10

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Keynote Speaker:  Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of Democracy at Work, and Capitalism Hits the Fan.

Call to Action Keynote Address: Ellen Brown, Founder of Public Banking Institute, and author of Web of Debt, and The Public Bank Solution

  • Javier Gonzales, Mayor, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Brian Egolf, New Mexico State Representative
  • Dr. Thomas Keidel, Director, German Savings Banks Association (DSGV)
  • Craig Barnes, founder, WeArePeopleHere!
  • Mike Krauss, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project
  • Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Executive Director, Public Banking Institute
  • James Jimenez, Director of Policy, Research, and Advocacy, Voices for Children
  • Joseph Maestas, Santa Fe City Council
  • Alejandra Seluja, Prosperity Works
  • Steve Becerra, Executive Director, South Valley Small Business Development Center
  • David P. Buchholz, Rodey Law Firm
  • Henry Rael, Co-founder, Agri-Cultura Network
  • Alan Webber, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, Author
  • Agnes Noonan, President, WESST Enterprise (Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team)
  • Carol Oppenheimer, Santa Fe Forward
  • Angela Merkert, Executive Director, Ciudando Los Ninos
  • Marvin Ginn, Executive Director, Native Community Finance
  • Chris Calvert, Former Santa Fe City Councilor, U.S. Postal Banking
  • More speakers to be announced soon!

Up and Down Theatre performing at 7pm.

For questions about the event or to arrange an interview with a presenter, please email: bankingonnewmexico@gmail.com

For a preview of what to expect at the Symposium, please listen to a recent interview of Gwen Hallsmith, Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute, on Our Times with Craig Barnes.

Gwen Hallsmith on Our Times with Craig Barnes, September 6, 2014

Symposium Kick-Off Dramatic Reading of We Are People Here!

On September 26th, the Friday night before the Saturday Symposium, we will present a dramatic reading, which itself bears the title We Are People Here!. The last time we performed this show the actors received a standing ovation. It is an exciting tribute to the spirit and courage of those who have gone before and upon whose shoulders we now stand.

Plan to come to this Friday night, wonderfully entertaining, dramatic presentation. It will help inspire us all for the work we will do the following day. For more information about this reading, including a trailer containing excerpts from the last performance of it, follow this link.



  • Alan Bird, NM Foreclosure Fighters
  • Alston C. Lundgren, MD
  • Marcia Wolf
  • David P. Buchholtz – Rodey Law Firm
  • Earl Potter
  • Elaine Sullivan
  • Elizabeth Dwyer
  • Golden Eye
  • IATSE Local 480
  • Impact Network Santa Fe
  • Joan Brooks Baker and Margeaux, An Isis Fund, New Mexico Community Foundation
  • KSFR Radio
  • Lakind Dental Group
  • Lannan Foundation
  • Liberty Ranch
  • Louisa Barkalow
  • Mary Schruben
  • Norma Kearby
  • Prosperity Works
  • Public Banking Institute
  • Red Poppy Design
  • Sara C. Sabo
  • Streaming NM
  • Veterans For Peace
  • Walter Dilts
  • Collected Works Bookstore


  • Alan Webber
  • Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson
  • Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduno
  • Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins
  • Carol Oppenheimer and Morty Simon
  • Chris Calvert
  • Economic Reform Advocacy Group of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque
  • Eric Griego
  • Ken Mayers
  • Nancy Burgas and Jerry Rogers
  • NM State Representative Elect Javier Martinez
  • NM State Representative Miguel Garcia
  • NM State Representative Mimi Stewart
  • NM State Senator Cisco McSorley
  • NM State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino
  • Owen Lopez
  • Paul and Laura Stokes
  • Santa Fe Forward
  • Progress Now New Mexico
  • Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce
  • SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP)
  • Steven Becerra
  • Tim Dahaney Radio Show, Castle Rock, CO

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