2014 AMI Monetary Reform Conference
The American Monetary Institute is proud to announce the 11th Annual
AMI Monetary Reform Conference, September 10-13, 2015
Dear Friends of the American Monetary Institute,
We proudly announce our 11th annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, and bring together
some of the world’s most serious advocates of real and achievable monetary reforms.
The banking disaster, created and facilitated by false economic and monetary ideas, used by some
very bad people, actually poses a real danger to the survival of the species. We must transform the
ongoing disaster into an opportunity to achieve real and lasting monetary reforms for mankind. These
are the reforms indicated as necessary by decades of study and centuries of experience.
Regular working people understand that a moral approach is needed to lead to a future
worthy of humanity. Around the world they are way ahead of their leadership, which ignores moral
considerations, seeming to rely on media dominance to hold onto undeserved privileges for a tiny
minority of the population. But clearly, in order for the financial crisis to have occurred, thousands of
financiers had to break our nation’s very serious laws; and yet not a single one of them has been
charged for those crimes!
The main cause of the problem is using debt in place of money when the banks make loans,
as our present system does.That single error, allowing banks to control our money system,
promoted by those really trying to block monetary reform,
and by some economics professors trying to keep their salary checks coming, is all it takes to wreck
any monetary system, and begin the insane concentration of wealth, into exactly the wrong hands,
as we now see in our society! The conference shows why money must be created by our government and
spent into circulation on infrastructure, healthcare, and education. The conference highlights recent
important moves in that direction by key people, and institutions, around the world.
We have a once in several generations opportunity to fix an obviously flawed money system that is
causing so much pain and hardship among a growing section of our people. It is clearly time to fix
our monetary and banking system! Come and find out how, and the role you can play in that process.
In addition to top notch “real monetary reform” speakers, we’ll focus on some important themes:
The Student Debt Crisis
This tragedy has the potential to wreck the lives of an entire generation of young people!
That would wreck our nation. We are not going to let that happen – we are going to look at adjusting
Kucinich’s N.E.E.D. Act ever so slightly so that it will forgive all student debt. The Act as written already
pays for education – adjustments will be discussed to also make that retroactive. Sounds unbelievable?
This conference will look at that question in complete detail.
Remember how Students demonstrated against the Viet Nam War? They didn’t want to be drafted
and killed. The student debt question can have a similar effect. We can imagine an army of young people
(and their parents!) who will promote monetary reform, and force Congress to end their student debt.
We are making a special effort to bring students into the conference and offered them scholarships
at only $49 to attend the whole conference. Several are doing this, and we are looking forward to helping
get them started on monetary reform. They are able to stay at the HI Youth Hostel across the street from
University Center, at $35 a night, after arriving in Chicago inexpensively on Megabus! Please help finance
this by donating to the American Monetary Institute. Believe me if students (and their parents) are in serious
debt and not seriously employed, their outlook is bleak.
And Teachers Are in Trouble Too
Not only in Chicago, but around the country Teachers are under attack, because they are still making a
living wage (barely!), and that’s no longer allowed; and their earned pensions are threatened. Remember the
Chicago Teacher’s Union supports Kucinich’s N.E.E.D. Act. We are making a special effort to bring in
teachers to this conference. If telling people about monetary reform is an educational task, who better
to help us do that than the professional educators? Please help spread the word among teachers.
And What About You? We’d like you to consider attending this conference. There is very little time
left to make all the arrangements. And the registration fee has been kept low for a long time at $195 but must
soon rise to the full $395 level. SO Think, and Act NOW! If you can’t come, please make a donation to help
us offer those student scholarships at only $49! Click a donate button at our homepage www.monetary.org.
And one more thing!: The sequester and austerity gang are really trying to do damage to our people
and others around the world. They are operating under cover of pretending they don’t understand how
destructive and evil their actions are – pretending to be trying to do good for the country. Folks – Don’t
buy that “cover story” for a minute. They know exactly the damage they are doing! If finances are making
it hard for you to attend our Conference, let me know (by phone or email) and we’ll work it out together.
We won’t be stopped by such maneuvers! Do not be afraid – and remember “Action dispels fear.”
Thanks and Warm regards, Hoping to see you in September!
You can reserve your spot now (until April 30th) at our 11th Annual Conference for a discounted registration
fee of $195 Instead of the full fee of $395. This includes substantial conference materials and aids,
daily coffee breaks, a Get Acquainted Reception, Celebration Dinner and beach barbecue.
Hotel costs are separate at group discounts – see Travelodge costs below.
Affluent attendees who want to help out with larger donations are encouraged to do so, as it enables us to
extend attendance scholarships to deserving students. Yes there are deserving students!
The Conference (and Reception and Dinner) are at University Center at 525 S. State Street in downtown
Chicago. The University’s facilities seat attendees in comfortable classroom type seating, using narrow tables.
Thursday Sept. 10th …Registration from 9 AM
1 PM to 6 PM… Presentations.
7 PM… Conference Reception with juice, cold cuts and cheeses.
Friday Sept. 11th – 9 AM to 7 PM Presentations; break for lunch; refreshment breaks.
Saturday Sept. 12th – 9 AM to 6 PM Presentations; break for lunch; refreshment breaks.
7:30 PM Dinner party, with keynote presentation.
Sunday Sept. 13th – 9 AM to 12 PM Presentations & discussion – Conference adjourns until September 2016.
1 PM to 5 PM AMI hosts a Sunday afternoon Beach Barbecue.
Each day begins with coffee, tea, and muffins served half an hour before the talks start.
The Travelodge Hotel downtown on Harrison Street, will again offer rooms to 2015 conference participants at
discounted rates if you call early. Call the hotel reservations at 800-578-7878, and mention the AMI Conference.
Absolute Cut off date to reserve rooms is July 12, 2015th. Room types and approximate rates are as follows:
- 2 Full-size beds, bathroom, kitchenette: $150.00
- 2 Full-size beds, bathroom: $140.00
- 1 Full-size bed, bathroom: $125.00
- 1 King-size bed, bathroom: $115.00
(16.4% tax not included)
The HI Chicago Youth Hostel at 24 E Congress Parkway, offers modern, clean, secure, dorm style
accommodations (8 to a room, with lockable lockers, bring your own lock) that are only $33 per night.
Call 312-360-0300 for reservations and mention the AMI Conference.
Chicago’s Essex Inn at 800 S. Michigan Ave, features a large indoor/outdoor pool, and health club which
opens onto a tree landscaped terrace with seating overlooking Chicago’s Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
A reasonably priced hotel for this area (approximately $180-$200 per double occupancy room per night).
**If you cannot attend this year’s conference in person, the 2015 videos will be available for advance order. See line in registration form below.
Click here for mail-in order form
Register by phone at 224-805-2200
Register by e-mail at email@example.com
*The American Monetary Institute as part of its responsibility in sponsoring the Conference reserves the right at its sole discretion and without public or private explanation, to restrict attendance at this Conference to persons it considers will enhance the purposes of the meeting, as detailed above. Participants should understand and be in agreement that the conference will stay focused on monetary system questions and will not be diverted into other areas.
Recent conference speakers have included:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who has introduced monumental, historic monetary reform legislation, HR 2990,
the National Emergency Employment Defense Act.
Dr. Michael Clark of the United Nations will focus on the international dimensions of the effort to achieve systemic reform
of the international monetary and financial system, including how the IMF structure and operating procedures may be
revamped to become a positive factor in monetary reform.
Prof. Joseph Huber from Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, one of Europe’s most important
monetary reformers, will analyze Modern Money Theory and the associated views on money, credit, and debt.
Dr. Michael Kumhof, Deputy Division Chief of the Modeling Division, Research Department, IMF, will present his
findings when applying the Chicago Plan, basis of HR 2990, to today’s economy using computer modeling techniques.
Prof. Kaoru Yamaguchi will give an outstanding analysis of HR 2990, placing it through his advanced systems analysis
software, determining it would pay off the US national debt and provide the necessary funding for infrastructure
(solving the unemployment problem) and do it without inflation.
Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of Congressman Dennis Kucinich and key supporter of HR 2990, will speak on advocating for
Carol Brouillet, involved in monetary reform since 1993 and recent candidate for Congress in California, discusses
strategy for the monetary reform movement.
Michelle St. Pierre, leader of the highly successful Ron Paul movement in north Washington state discusses how
to turn talk into action.
Prof. Steve Keen, advanced Australian banking and monetary investigator, author of the important book “Debunking
Economics,” which can begin leading the way out of the economic morass which economics has undeniably created
around the world.
Prof. Richard Werner has emerged as the central figure advising monetary authorities of the European money system
to cease their destructive austerity programs, and he will discuss his involvement with this issue.
Prof. Nic Tideman of Virginia Tech (formerly Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors)
discusses how banks will compete after monetary reforms are in place.
Prof. Michael Hudson, UMKC professor and PBS commentator and one of the rare economists to accurately forecast
the mortgage and housing debacle – in a front page Harper’s Magazine article – will share his latest important
observations on what the banking establishment is up to now.
Stephen Zarlenga is Director of the American Monetary Institute and author of The Lost Science of Money. He will
highlight the progress at AMI, and the direction of monetary reform in America.
Jamie Walton, a knowledgeable money reformer from New Zealand, describes HR 2990 and why all three elements
must be put into effect. He works on monetary legislation in Washington DC.
Robert Poteat, long term and meticulous monetary researcher, is certainly among the top half dozen in America in
awareness of monetary systems. He is the leader of the AMI Chapters in Portland, Seattle and Central Washington.
Previously he has discussed why monetary reform is largely a moral question.
Joseph Pijanowski, the Directing Business Representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers Union, Local 126, focuses on the monetary solution to American labor problems our country faces.
Mark Pash is a Certified Financial Planner with a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration, from UCLA and
USC respectively. He will review his 24 reasons for monetary reform and the 13 ways to overcome the inflationary objection.
Andrew Jackson is currently Head of Research at Positive Money in the UK. He will discuss Positive Money’s strategy
for progressing the monetary reform agenda in the UK, before showing how this links into his latest research, a proposal to
combine monetary and fiscal policy which will allow the state to create and spend money into circulation.
Greg Coleridge, Director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. He is on the National Steering
Committee of the Move to Amend/Campaign to Legalize Democracy Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy
(POCLAD) national collective.
Steven Walsh, leading Chicago educator and expert authority on New England Colonial moneys, will describe how
banks create money out of thin air.
Joe Bongiovanni is a second-generation monetary reformer. He has been studying money systems for over 40 years,
being the co-founder and co-Director, with J. Peter Young, of the Kettle Pond Institute for Debt-free Money.
Prof. William Black of UMKC, who successfully ran the savings and loan crisis rescue in the 90′s and brought it to
successful conclusion using only $150 billion of the $300 billion alloted by Congress. He previously spoke on Fraud’s
Critical Role in Producing the Financial Crisis.
Will Abrams of British Columbia presents the important and neglected story of Gerald G. McGeer, the “father” of the
Bank of Canada, who instituted major monetary reforms along the lines of the American Monetary Act.
Ole Mackeprang, European financier brings us up to date on the situation in Europe. He speaks 8 languages and has
worked in 62 countries, principally France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
David E. Kelley is a noted pensions expert and economic advisor. He presented concepts for achieving economic justice.
William Bergman, Economist and Formerly an official at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, until he became a
whistleblower on Fed practices focuses on the present condition of banking after the massive bailouts.
Dr. Ed Chambers, who trained Barack Obama in street organizing when he came to Chicago’s South Side from
Harvard, discussed how power results from organized money or organized people.
Dr. Cay Hehner, Director of the New York Henry George School of Social Science discussed the end of capitalism
as we know it.