Show #6 Inclusionism with Basic Income NYC, Diane Pagen, Jude Thomas & Michael Lewis

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Jun 01 2019 55 mins  
Special Guests: Prof. Michael Lewis & visiting student Wei Tu Basic Income NYC is group of residents of the greater New York City area dedicated to the promotion and implementation of Universal Basic Income at the federal, state, and local levels. They host informative meetings, social nights, planning sessions, sit on panel discussions, and attend basic income and anti-poverty events in the region. Basic Income NYC was founded in 2015 and is composed of writers, social workers, artists, anti-poverty advocates, academics, and professionals from all walks of life. === Diane R. Pagen has been a social worker for New York City and a social policy analyst for fourteen years. Born and raised in Queens, New York, she received her BA in languages from the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. Thanks to four years in Puerto Rico and one in Spain, she is fluent in Spanish. After six years in the workforce, she went back to school and got an MSW from Fordham University. During that time, she was privileged to be mentored by and work with welfare expert and activist Theresa Funiciello from 2000 to 2008, where they worked on activism to get the Child Tax Credit made refundable starting at $0. Diane is a co-founding member of Basic Income Action and Basic Income NYC and working to build the Universal Basic Income movement with other committed people. She writes about poverty and her experiences in social work and society, and makes presentations about the diversion of welfare block grants away from low-income people, and is meeting with people who are interested in stopping the systematic dismantling of the U.S. safety net. Diane is working on a chapter for a forthcoming book, Political Activism and a Basic Income Guarantee, which is being edited by Larry Liu and Richard Caputo of Yeshiva University and will be published in 2021. One of her presentations on welfare block grants is available at === Jude Thomas is a composer and performer living in Brooklyn. In addition to working as a freelance musician, and holding a regular day job to pay most of his bills, he is President of Composers Collective, a group of NYC-based composers that pools their resources to self-produce concerts of new music. Jude has been active with Basic Income NYC since its founding in late 2015. He is interested in the potential impacts of UBI on artists and art production, and advocates for UBI as a policy which creates more equity between employers and employees, radically combats poverty, and encourages human freedom. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: