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  • I had the pleasure of interviewing economist Norm Kurland for an article I was writing about a sustainable prison system - a system that gave ownership of money to inmates so that they not only learned a trade, but when they were released, they had a bank account to restart their lives.

    Norm Kurland is an inspiration. Every year he marches on the Federal Reserve - his rallying cry is "Own the Fed!" Kurland doesn't need to be an activist. At this point in his life, he could just sit back and relax, enjoy his retirement. He has a had a long and successful career in Washington. And yet, as the Founder of The Just Third Way, Norm is a tireless advocate for a new model of how we deal with money in this country. He describes it as a paradigm shift in government policy.

    So, why does Norm do it? I asked him that question.

    "I do it because I love my grandson," Kurland said.

    I'll be thinking of Norm on April 20th as he once again rallies the American people to take over the Federal Reserve. If you're in Washington, maybe you can join him.

    Rally at the Fed for “Justice Through Ownership”

    Gather with grassroots leaders and concerned citizens on Friday, April 20, 2012, in Washington, DC, for the eighth annual protest rally at the Federal Reserve. Co-hosted by the Coalition for Capital Homesteading and the Center for Economic and Social Justice, the rally will run from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Constitution Ave. entrance of the Federal Reserve Building (between 20th and 21st Streets, NW).

    We are calling on the Fed to use its existing powers (Section 13, para. 2) to lift barriers to "Justice through Ownership" for the 99%. Our Coalition is demanding "the Plan" -- the Capital Homestead Act -- a new national policy whose goal is “Every Citizen an Owner.”
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