Re-elected Iceland Parliament Member to Visit Bay Area
April 29, 2013

For Immediate Release
Marc Armstrong
(707) 343-6334

Re-elected Iceland Parliament Member to Visit Bay Area

Sonoma, CA -- Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a newly re-elected member of parliament of Althing, the Icelandic parliament and representing the Icelandic Pirate Party, will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and speaking at Public Banking 2013 conference, co-hosted by the Public Banking Institute and the Green MBA Program of Dominican University.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir played a critical role in WikiLeaks’ release of the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed a U.S. military helicopter in July 2007 as it killed 12 people and wounded two children in Iraq. At the center of another closely watched legal case, challenging of the government’s effort to obtain her Twitter records without a warrant, she will be coming to the United States to discuss the 2008 banking crisis in Iceland and the steps taken to remedy the fraud perpetuated by the private banking system.

On Sunday, June 2nd at 7pm at Angelico Hall at Dominican University, she will join Matt Taibbi, the well-known investigative journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, author of five books and an outspoken critic of the national financial elite banking system. Together, with Ellen Brown (author of Web of Debt) and Gar Alperovitz (author of What Then Must We Do?), they will have a conversation on how our economy has been hijacked by the financial elite and what steps can be taken to reclaim it.

This conversation is part of the second annual national conference of the Public Banking Institute being held at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA on June 2-4, 2013 and is open to the public for a $35 fee.

Jónsdóttir and Taibbi will join hundreds of attendees from around the country who are meeting to address the ongoing development of a network of public banks at the state, county and municipal levels. Taibbi's landmark assessments of the intentionally fraudulent behaviors of the "Too-Big-To-Fail" banks have been instrumental in educating citizens about the hubris and scandals of the financial cartels that were able to receive bailouts at taxpayer expense.

Entitled "Funding the New Economy," the conference will address developments within the political/banking environment both nationally and internationally and introduce steps and strategies being taken on local levels to work through political and legal obstructions to establishing a public banking network.

More conference information is available at and

The Public Banking Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the creation of a network of public banks nationwide and to citizen education. It is headquartered in Sonoma, CA

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