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Emergency Basic Income during the Coronavirus crisis

A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement (BIEN’s definition of Basic Income) The coronavirus pandemic is causing huge suffering for those individuals who experience serious attacks of the disease, and for the families and friends of those who die from it. Everybody understands the social

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UBI Advocates conversations co-ordinated by BIEN’s Turkish affiliate

BIEN’s Turkish affiliated organisation, ‘Citizen’s Basic Income Research Development Culture and Dissemination Society’, is organising a series of ‘UBI Advocates’ conversations. Three smaller groups have discussed the relationship between the coronavirus crisis and Basic Income: The first discussion A second discussion A third discussion A larger group of ‘UBI Advocates’ has now met: The first UBI Advocates discussion For further

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Guy Standing and Philippe Van Parijs interviewed for an article in El Pais

The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published an article, ‘La renta básica deja de ser una utopía‘ (‘Basic income is no longer a utopia’): La pandemia lleva a diversos países a ensayar planes de transferencias directas no universales para compensar la reducción en los ingresos de sus ciudadanos … The pandemic leads various countries to try non-universal direct transfer plans to

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Brazil: the National Senate approves Emergency Basic Income

Homeless people in San Francisco, during the corona virus crisis days. Picture credit to: Aljazeera On February 26th, 2020, the first case of Covid – 19 was registered in Brazil. Like in so many other countries, the coronavirus epidemic spread quickly in Brazil. On Sunday, April 5th 2020, 11130 people are infected (with a total population of 209 million) and 486 deaths have occurred

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Challenges facing the implementation of an emergency Basic Income in the United Kingdom

As in countries all over the world, a significant effect of the social distancing and other measures that the UK Government has put in place to slow the coronavirus’s spread is that individuals’ incomes are experiencing significant damage. This is particularly true of individuals working in the tourism, hospitality, and leisure industries, and workers on zero hour contracts or in

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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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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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