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We’re not really active right now

In case you’re wondering, we’re not really active right now. There aren’t enough of us and not everyone has enough time right now, unfortunately. But we’re all still very interested and hope more people will get involved in promoting basic income here in Edmonton.

I (Anemone) am willing to meet up with anyone who wants to talk in person, or we can email (info@basicincomeedmonton.org). You can also contact the Calgary group, who are more organized and who are looking to organize people across Alberta. They’re at http://www.basicincomealberta.ca/.

In the meantime this site isn’t going anywhere.

Miscellaneous links moved from the links page

None of these are important enough to have on the links page, but are still worth having somewhere.

Articles

Basic Income: Left Perspectives. Canadian Dimension, Volume 50, Issue 3: Summer 2016.

Better education, better jobs, will be result of basic income: Entrepreneur. Interview with Zachary Beaudoin (who is in Edmonton), April 18, 2016. Basic Income Canada Network.

A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist. Anemone Cerridwen, April 13, 2016. Feminist Current.

Podcasts/Videos

Freakonomics: Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

YouTube: Why does everyone have to work?

Against the Grain: Unconditional Basic Income

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.

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

The federal government is looking for feedback from Canadians on poverty reduction. They are accepting feedback right now, until June 2017. There appear to be a variety of ways to contribute.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/poverty-reduction.html

Guy Caron campaigning on Basic Income

Guaranteed Basic Income on Verge of Take-off in Canada. It holds appeal across the political spectrum. Plus, Elon Musk is sold.
Susan Delacourt, 2 Mar 2017, at The Tyee, reposted from iPolitics.

Guy Caron is promoting basic income in his campaign for the NDP leadership:

“The problem with the NDP is we were never able to submit an economic platform that would actually make people dream, inspire people. This is what I want to do,” Caron said on CBC’s Power & Politics. With a basic income, he said, “people (could) actually think of their future rather than thinking of what they will have to eat.”

Hat tip to Fred Douglas for the link.

Meet-up April 18

Our next meet-up is on Tuesday April 18th (two weeks from today). We’re going to meet at the University of Alberta, in Hub Mall in the LRT Lounge (the area with tables near the south end of the mall on the west side, just up and across from The Tea and Coffee Company), at 6:30 pm. We’ve decided to talk about the different models of Basic Income, so feel free to do some advance reading (or not).

Next meeting, October 20th

Our next meeting is October 20th, 2016 from 6–8 pm at the downtown branch of the Edmonton Public Library (Stanley A. Milner Library), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Sixth Floor, Room 7.

To access Room 7, please ask Security Staff in the library lobby to escort you to the sixth floor using the passenger elevators located on the main floor of the library. The passenger elevators are locked after 5 pm, so you just need to ask Security to let you up to the sixth floor. Renee will be there early to unlock the room and get everything set up.

RSVP at info@basicincomeedmonton.org

Write an Effective Letter for Your Cause

by Fred Douglas

“The primary source of evil is inequality.”  -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The cause in this case is a basic income.  Here are some suggestions for an effective letter to our elected public servants on that topic.  These guidelines are for those who know what a basic income is, and for those who want to know what it is.  In short, having an assured basic income would be a measure of economic democracy for all citizens living in this country of astounding abundance.  And it’s something that would be good for the economy.

However, if you have another pressing concern, what follows can be modified to suit your needs.  Take whatever you need from the following points.  Remember, a progressive letter is a simple letter, but one that covers the essential bases.  Someone in your group could construct a cogent salvo and all members could sign it. Continue reading