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UNITED STATES: Basic Income Action national advocacy group is launched


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Basic Income Action is a recently formed nonprofit organization with chapters across the United States whose mission is to win a basic income for all by educating and organizing people to take action. This group is a project of the National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy (NISLAPP).

This represents a key advance for those interested in basic income in the US as there are no other advocacy groups like this that are solely focused on advocating for basic income.


They encourage three specific actions from their supporters:

  1. Sign up and spread the word. Which includes signing up, telling your friends, and joining or starting a local chapter.
  2. Donate. The group needs funds to get their message out. Basic Income Action is the only group in the United States that focuses solely on basic income and has the ability to raise money to educate people and help them take action.
  3. Sign the petition. Basic Income Action is calling on all presidential candidates to support a basic income through a petition to make basic income an issue in the 2016 election.

Find out more about this group through their website: or by connecting through Facebook or Twitter



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  • Bryan Herdliska

    This group is ran by Swankin & Turner, which according to their website is “a law firm specializing in the areas of regulation (food and drug, health care, standard setting) and policy (agricultural, insurance, corporate, tax, administrative and consumer). Established in Washington, D.C. in 1973, it has served a broad variety of individual and organizational clients, including national and local business corporations, small businesses and nonprofit associations.”
    I am not sure what their angle is, but I am hesitant to call them an unbiased advocacy group whose sole intention is promoting universal basic income.

  • Basic Income Action is a new national organization dedicated to winning a basic income for every American. We are being “incubated” by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, one of many Ralph Nader-founded/inspired non-profit groups. That means that with their help, we have been able to open our own bank account and raise money right away, instead of waiting for a year or so to get our own EIN from the IRS..Our mission is to win a basic income for all by educating and organizing people to take action. We are officially launching next week during International Basic Income week with a new-look website and a new national campaign to tell the presidential candidates to support a basic income for all. We hope you will join us!

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