We need a universal income now!

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    We need a universal income now!

    We need a universal income now!

     

    The outbreak of COVID-19 reminds us that many people live paycheck-to-paycheck when they shouldn’t have to. Many part-time, hourly or contract workers - who are disproportionately Black and low-income - are meeting economic hardship as hours are cut or reduced, leading to lost wages and a juggling of whether to pay for housing, medical care, and other need-based items. The response to the coronavirus has shown how society has consistently left the most vulnerable to fend for themselves, leaving Black communities to bear the brunt. The increasing need to “self-isolate” with an equally increasing need to pay expenses is why there should be a universal, basic income. A universal, basic income would not only help plug financial holes where necessary but eliminate the nearly 80% of workers who live in economic uncertainty.

    Here is the Petition:

    To Members of Congress:

    COVID-19 sheds light on the lack of communal health and economic infrastructure and societal investment. The cost of inadequate systems and investment will be worsened by flawed economic policy. And the indirect damage the virus causes through economic ripple effects will be large as communities strive to balance [economic]essential needs. Past decisions that have weakened our economic policy infrastructure will hamper our response to COVID-19 but we can provide families with emergency cash by way of a universal basic income. A universal basic income would ensure there is some compensation to help those meet the needed challenges before us. We call on you to ensure a universal basic income is a part of any legislative agreement.