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GERMANY: Pirate Party endorses Basic Income in its national campaign

According to the press release of the Pirate Party from the December 3, 2011, the party argued about and adopted a resolution in support of Basic Income and minimum wages at its party convention in Offenbach. After a debate, which took about two hours, the motion “Unconditional Basic Income and Minimum Wages” was carried by 66.9 percent and reached the

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Basic Income Italia writes a letter to Italian PM Mario Monti

The Italian basic income network BIN-Italy wrote an open letter to the new Prime Minister Mario Monti, and the new Minister for Labour and Social Policy Elsa Fornero. In this letter, BIN-Italia urges the Italian government to implement an unconditional guaranteed income. This is meant to avoid the risk of “default of citizenship rights”, and allow Italy to meet the

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Austria: Call for an EU-wide Unconditional Basic Income. European Citizens’ Initiative to Be Launched

Vienna. At the world action day, an international initiative group announced plans to prepare and launch a European Citizens’ Initiative on the implementation of an unconditional basic income in Europe. Hosted by the Internationaler Runder Tisch Grundeinkommen (international Germanophone round table on basic income), the symposium was held in Vienna on 14/15th October 2011. In the end, 60 scientists, activists

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GERMANY: WordMob for Basic Income

During the international week for BIG in September 2011 the local Basic Income Network in Hamburg Germany (www.grundeinkommen-hamburg.de) created a special performance they call “WordMob”. It means: words to be built in public by big mobile letters. The video shows the group spelling the words “BIG” and “human dignity”. It ends by asking “what kind of work would you choose

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sessions on Basic Income and family alloances at the 2012 Eastern Economics Association

Meeting Steve Pressman, of Monmouth University, is trying to organize sessions at the 2012 Eastern Economic Association meetings in Boston on child or family allowances as a BIG for children. These sessions will hopefully lead to a book on Basic Income and the family. The meetings will be held in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from March 9 through March

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World Bank forum on Gender-equality produces more votes for Basic Income than anything else

On September 20-21, 2011, the World Bank hosted a 24-hour online chat forum and live webcast debate on solutions needed to increase women’s economic opportunity and their voice in decision making. The event was entitled “Open Forum: Gender — Getting to Equal.” CNN International’s Hala Gorani hosted the discussion. Participants included World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Nike Foundation President and

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NAMIBIA: BIG debate continues

The BIG debate in Namibia continues as the Permanent Secretary of Environment and Tourism, Kalumbi Shangula, criticized the BIG coalition’s recent arguments for BIG. Shangla, surprisingly argued that the size of the BIG coalition’s proposed Basic Income Grant of 100 Namibian dollars is too small. He said that a grant of that size could only “alleviate” rather than “reduce” poverty.

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BRAZIL: ReCivitas continues to expand private-funded BIG

ReCivitas, the Brazilian organization that distributes a privately-funded basic income in a small village in Brazil, now has a pro-bono partnership with the biggest tax law office in Latin America, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. and Quiroga. This partnership will give ReCivitas legal support for contracts for people who invest in the BIG Bank that supports the initiative. The

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