Economic Justice Report
May 28, 2006
On April 29, 2006, the "Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income" was released.
This 72-page report documents over 40 interviews held with women between September 2005 to April 2006 to examine these questions:
This report also contains the article The Strong Case for a Guaranteed Livable Income; data on women's income specially acquired for the project from Revenue Canada; and where to learn more or get involved. This project was funded by Status of Women Canada BC/Yukon Region.
A Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) is an unconditional and universal income, administered by federal governments and granted to individuals to ensure that no person's income falls below what is necessary for health, life and dignity.
In the past it was called a Guaranteed Annual Income; today, some groups call it a Basic Income. It is a concept that has been promoted by people such as Thomas Paine (1796), Martin Luther King Jr. (1968), Pierre Berton (1968) as well as being one of the recommendations in Canada's Royal Commission on the Status of Women in 1972. Today there are over 25 countries in the world with active guaranteed income groups including in Europe, Africa, South America, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S and Canada.
A Guaranteed Livable Income would create a peaceful, effective way to address human needs for health and ability to provide care for self, family, community and the environment.
This is the second publication of the Women's Economic Justice Project. The first publication, the 32-page GLI Reader (with historic and current quotes on GLI from around the world) and more copies of this report are available on request from the project coordinator. Presentations are also available for groups of 10 or more.
Basic Income Earth
Network (has e-newsletter):
2006 Basic Income
Earth Network Congress:
Martin Luther King
Jr. writings on guaranteed income:
New Zealand Basic Income Trust: http://www.geocities.com/caeruit/
US Basic Income Guarantee Network (has e-newsletter): http://www.usbig.net/
BIG vs. the Corporate media: http://www.counterpunch.org/swanson02282005.html
Citizen's Income (UK): http://www.citizensincome.org/
Basic Income Australia: http://www.basicincome.qut.edu.au/
Belgium - VIVANT: http://www.vivant.org/
Argentina de Ingreso Ciudadano): http://www.ingresociudadano.org/
Netherlands (Vereniging Basinkomen): http://www.basisinkomen.nl/
Separating Income from Work, by Jim Smith, LA Labor activist: http://www.lalabor.org/GAI.html
Why Unions should
campaign for a Basic Income by Guy Standing, International Labour Organization
Embrace the End of Work, send humanity on a paid vacation: http://archives.betterhumans.com/Columns/Column/tabid/79/Column/227/Default.aspx
Helen Keller: Put
your husband in the kitchen 1932
The World's Wasted Wealth: http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/win98/fe_win98saveourwealth.html
Thomas Paine, Agrarian
Other recent (Apr.
06) guaranteed income news from around the world: