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United States: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for basic income as a response to the corona virus crisis

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Picture credit to: Fox 32 As the corona virus crisis unfolds, the political atmosphere heats up in the United States. At the Capitol, a 2 trillion dollar bill is in the making, specifically to deal with the economic downturn caused by the epidemic. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the Democrat Representative of the Bronx constituency in New York City, already

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Italy / Europe: Petitions for basic income, in the face of the Corona virus pandemic

Two new petitions have been launched in Europe in response to the Coronavirus emergency. One has been launched in Italy on Change.org platform and is addressed to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, asking for 10 €/day for all Italian citizens as the fastest and most effective way to secure them against loss of income Another appears on the YouMove.eu website and

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark: “Covid-19 and the Need, Right Now, For a Universal Basic Income”

The pair Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark have analyzed the corona virus outbreak and consequent economic downturn and call for an immediate implementation of basic income in each country, truly a global response to a global crisis. It can be read, from the onset of the article: Apart from the medical threat revealing a brutal class divide in healthcare, the

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CNBC Interview of Karl Widerquist on Emergency Basic Income

Annie Nova, “How the Trump cash infusion would help millions of Americans: Interview with Karl Widerquist.” CNBC, Mar 18 2020 Annie Nova, of CNBC, recently interviewed Karl Widerquist to ask about proposals for an Emergency Universal Basic Income during the twin crises of the coronavirus and the stock market meltdown. To prevent millions of Americans from running out of money

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Italy: Urgent petition in time of Corona Virus: “Citizen income for all! If not now, When?”

The Basic Income Network (BIN) Italia has published a petition pleading for the Italian governement and Parliament to immediately install an emergency basic income. There, it can be read: To the Italian government and Parliament EXPANDING THE CITIZEN’S INCOME SCHEME! IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Right at a time when it is recognised that individuals must act as active and responsible

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The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress has been cancelled because of Covid-19

The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 virus. The organizers have released the following announcement: With great dismay, we must announce that the NABIG 2020 Congress in Hamilton, Ontario in May will no longer be possible, due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. Within the last few days, developments in the United

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Canada: The Ontario Basic Income (cancelled) experiment, revealed

The findings of the McMaster University Basic Income Project (MUBIP) were released on the 4th of March 2020. The study looked into the impact of the Ontario Basic Income on over 200 recipients in one of the pilot sites, namely Hamilton-Brantford, where 1000 recipients were initially enrolled into the program. Even though the previously hired research team’s contract to evaluate

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Kentucky: Senate Democratic Primary Candidate Mike Broihier Endorses UBI and Appoints Scott Santens as Advisor

Universal basic income continues to grow in popularity among American politicians. Mike Broihier, running for the Democratic nomination for the Senate in Kentucky, announced via Medium that he will include a universal basic income as a part of his campaign’s goal to “equalize economic opportunity for all Kentuckians and Americans”. A former Marine, current farmer, and substitute public teacher, Broihier

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