Meet-up June 20

Our next meet-up is next Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 pm. We are meeting as usual in Hub Mall, at the LRT Lounge (the first lounge from the south end, on the left, just up and across from the Tea and Coffee Company). If you want to join us, RSVP at info@basicincomeedmonton.org so you can get a description of us so you can find us.

This month we’re going to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of having a BI, among other things.

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  1. Fred Douglas

    Have some ideas/suggestions for the June 20 meeting:

    We hired politicians to enact laws to serve the public good, not just the private good as at present. Here are some useful actions for promoting a basic income for Canadians:

    1. Increase BIE membership.

    2. Make phone calls to your MP, MLA, the offices of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Jean-Yves Duclos). (A minister in the former AB PC government said the Premier (Klein) always asked caucus members if they’ve heard about any specific public concerns. In a meeting with a social justice group, a US President (Roosevelt) told them that they had convinced him of the rectitude of their concern. But their task now had to be to go out, and bring pressure on him, so as to force legislation in favor of their just cause.)

    3. Follow up with a personal letter (See “How To Write an Effective Letter” on the BIE website). Letters should be no longer than one page, direct and to the point. Ask pols directly if they support a basic income. BIE could produce a letter–all members should sign it–in favor of the BI and mail it to pols.

    4. Petitions, form letters and postcards have minimal effect.

    5. Mailing an information package to a politician doesn’t relieve you of further obligation. Meet the pol, then present your material.

    6. Continue to follow up. Achieving social justice is akin to using a sledgehammer on a cement wall. You knock it down one piece at a time. The Berlin Wall came down, remember. Power gives in only when it is forced to.

    7. Ask your family and friends to vote for a party that is receptive to a basic income. -FD

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