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Note from John Howell

Published July 12, 2021 by Nan Mykel

As you know, many things currently threaten democracy. Many of you are doing what you can to address various of these things. By doing so we support each other. 
My own focus at the present time is on the corrosive effect of our monetary system on democracy. Many shrug; it cannot be changed. But it can be changed and is, in fact.changing. How it changes has important consequences. 
I’d like to draw your attention to an event of the Alliance For Just Money – the Just Money Festival – to take place over Zoom on Friday and Saturday, the 23rd and 24th of July. The announcement for it is here:
Home – What is Just Money – Alliance For Just Money (monetaryalliance.org)

It is an opportunity to better understand this issue. Thanks for your willingness to consider it. And thanks for all the good work you do to in support of democracy and of human dignity.
John Howell, Coordinator, Democracy Over Corporations

DEMOCRACY OVER CORPORATIONS STATEMENT

Published February 21, 2021 by Nan Mykel

On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 2:06 PM John Howell wrote:

Democracy Over Corporations (DOC), as an organization, has gone silent for a while. Maybe a reason to reactivate it will arise. My own efforts have gone mostly toward monetary reform, and I am attaching a short article of mine which appeared this month in a Quaker publication, Friends Journal.

I’m also forwarding information from Tish O’Dell, the Ohio leader of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), about events that the organization is carrying out. CELDF, as you will remember, helped us with our successful efforts in adopting a community rights law in Athens and our, so far, unsuccessful effort toward getting on the ballot a county charter proposal that would recognize community rights to protect our health and safety when state and federal government fail to do so.

One of the events listed in Tish’s email is a joint event with Move To Amend (MTA), the other national organization with which DOC had a relationship.

These things together emphasize the fact that we need:

1) community rights – a reshaping of our legal structure to protect our liberty from strangulation by corporations and corporate-run government – as advocated by CELDF

2) adoption of the “We the People” amendment to the US constitution – a return of control of government from corporations to the people – as advocated by MTA

3) reform of the monetary system – a return of control of the money system from corporations to the people’s representatives by ending the special privilege of banks to create money and to determine where it goes, and charging us interest to use the money they create, thus contributing to extreme concentration of private wealth, the persistence of poverty, and the government’s inability to fund needed responses to the pandemic, climate change, and infrastructure needs – as advocated by the Alliance For Just Money (monetaryalliance.org).

We dodged a bullet with the election, but the struggle for democracy will continue. I urge your support of these organizations and urge you to keep working locally in your own ways toward these fundamental goals. As individuals, we can’t do everything. Do what you can….

In hopes for a good future for ourselves and our children,

John Howell, DOC Coordinator

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