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Revival of local currencies during the past 25 years proves that communities can issue money to create green jobs, fund local nonprofits and farms, make interest-free loans, and connect residents as fellow workers.
The Ithaca HOURS money that I started in 1991, for example, has traded millions of dollars value among thousands of residents and 500 businesses. Each colorful HOUR, depicting local children, trolleys, waterfalls and bugs, is valued at one hour of common labor or $10.00, which doubled the 1991 minimum wage.
Control of money decides where jobs are available and for how long.
Control of money decides who owns land and what gets built. Control of
money decides what is legal and what's a crime. Control of money decides
who lives well and who struggles. And ultimately, control of money
decides who lives longer and who dies sooner.