Guaranteed Income as Economic Justice

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On September 29th, 2022, The German Historical Institute, in partnership with The Kalmanovitz Initiative and The Blum Center, hosted “Guaranteed Income as Economic Justice.” This event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the past, present and future of Guaranteed Income as it relates to class, gender, and racial justice.

Panelists Included Halal Ahmad, Mark Levinson, Premilla Nadasen, and Melody Webb.


Summary

In recent years proposals for a guaranteed income have gained considerable traction in the United States, whether in the form of expanded child tax credits, cash transfers, or universal basic income. Especially notable has been the expanding array of experimental pilot programs in municipalities nationwide, with support from philanthropies, elected officials, and a now expanding network of practitioners, advocates, researchers, and community-based organizations – The German Historical Institute


Our guests raised issues ranging from the “invisible labor” of domestic carework which became salient during the opening months of the COVID-19 pandemic to guaranteed income as a way for people to change the way they relate to their government. Mark Levinson suggested that the equity guaranteed income could provide would affect power relationships between labor and capitol in a capitalist society. Of course, guaranteed income is not an untested idea, as Melody Webb shared the success of the THRIVE: East of The River Program, which provided monthly stipends to DC families most in need throughout 2021. This program greatly reduced food insecurity and alleviated the burden of housing costs. For more quotes and photos from the event, please check out our Twitter account of the event:

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