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Basic Income March, New York City, October 26, 2019 (updated)

Basic Income March

New Yorkers are organizing a march for Basic Income. Everyone who can get there is invited to join.

The Basic Income March, led by Basic Income NYC, is set for October 26, 2019. It might be accompanied by Basic Income Marches in other cities on the same day. The march can receive donations that are 100% tax deductible through its sponsor, the Keith Institute.
This march is one more sign of the rapid growth of the Basic Income movement. It’s especially existing to those of use who where following the movement (such as it was) the 1990s when the presence of a half dozen Basic Income supporters in the same room felt like a novelty. Every year for the past ten years or so the growth of the Basic Income movement has surprised me, and only looking back did I realize that it had been growing in less obvious ways since the mid-80s.
Unfortunately for me, I can’t march. I’ll be out of the country when it happen, but I hope all my fellow Basic Income supporters in New York and maybe the whole USA can participate.
If you’d like to volunteer to help with the event,  Basic Income NYC is having weekly planning meetings–in addition to their regular monthly Basic Income meet-ups. Contact them about getting involved in the planning either of the New York event or of the possible marches in other cities. More information about the Basic Income March is available at www.basicincomemarch.com.

–Karl Widerquist, Angers, France, July 12, 2019

NOTE: This report has been updated. The original date of September 19 was changed to October 26.

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 971 articles.

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of political philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, and now serves as vice-chair. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI. Widerquist has published several books and many articles on UBI both in academic journals and in the popular media. He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.” Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters. Most Karl Widerquist’s writing is available on his “Selected Works” website (works.bepress.com/widerquist/). More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog "the Indepentarian" for Basic Income News.

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One comment

  • Lew Weingarth

    I live in Pueblo Colorado and my 100 acres deep in the forest in Missouri. NYC is a bit of a stretch for me, but if marches are held in CO or MO, I’d like to join. I really like the UBI concept, it’s simple. I’d rather see $2K per month because even if people cram into housing, $1K is guaranteed weight loss, but I understand starting at $1K. Some background on me. I’m an Electrical Engineer who worked mostly outside the USA for 35 years. I’ve worked in 150 countries, 40 of which long enough that you could parachute me in and I’d know enough to get by. Everyone on the planet, fascists are pushing to restore monarchy. I know it won’t happen overnight, but I’d like my grandchildren to be free, so I have been fighting fascism since Nixon and plan to fight it as long as I can, then come back and haunt the bastards. Let me know.

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