Join BIGMN – Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota on May 10 to a Potluck Roundtable with veteran Basic Income proponents Dr. Karl Widerquist and Dr. Ann Withorn, who are passing through town on their way to the 15th Annual Basic Income Guarantee Congress in Winnipeg, Canada. We are very fortunate to have them!
What: Potluck Roundtable “The Struggle for Basic Income: Issues and Possibilities” with Dr. Ann Withorn and Dr. Karl Widerquist
When: Tuesday, May 10; Potluck: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Roundtable Conversation: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Where: Spirit United, 3204 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Basic Income recognizes everyone’s right to an income that is sufficient to afford a dignified life, without means-testing or work requirement. Basic Income is not a new idea, with MLK in 1967 recognizing Basic Income’s potential “to abolish poverty altogether”. Basic Income is currently making a spectacular come-back globally, with discussions spanning local, state and national governments, organizations and individuals. Pilot studies will soon be implemented in Finland, the Netherlands and Canada. In Switzerland, voters will decide on June 5th whether to implement a national Basic Income. In the US, Basic Income is slowly entering into the national debate, although most media reach is still commanded by the Tech-Elite, who is generally pro-Basic Income, but often with a libertarian bent. A main reason for their Basic Income support is their prediction of sharply rising unemployment rates with their vision of an automated future. On the other side of the spectrum, several activist Basic Income groups have formed over the past year, including BIWAG (Basic Income Women Action Group), which looks at Basic Income from a woman’s point of view, and BIGMN - Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota. In Minnesota, a major focus of BIGMN is to educate the public and officials in Minnesota about the concept of a Basic Income, to keep them updated of the current global activities and to provide a hub for Basic Income supporters. We also seek to advance conversations that imagine the possibilities of a future society that has instituted a Basic Income. In the roundtable, we will learn about past movements that had envisioned a Basic Income, like the NWRO with Johnnie Tillmon, who put forward Basic Income as “their” welfare plan, one which would eliminate sexism from welfare, and the 1968 “Poor People’s Campaign”, which had a Guaranteed Income as one of their demands. Together, we will discuss then the possibilities of a Basic Income movement in the US and globally, and how a Basic Income could contribute to the wellness and healing of humanity and the planet.