Shovia Muchirawehondo and Gail Goulet
Audience: Community, Educators, Human Rights / Social Justice Professionals, Young Adults (14+) Workshop capacity: 25
We will review the definitions, pilot studies, and knowledge gained of Universal Basic Income (UBI). We will form groups to discuss the advantages, integration, possibilities, roadblocks and their solutions to adopting UBI as a way to remedy injustices and allow everyone their needs and dignity.
For some, MLK’s ideas were extremist, just like for some the ideas of a UBI seem extremist and unattainable, but they are not. Indeed it is even more important to deal with poverty now as we have more information on how detrimental it is. Like MLK, we have come to the conclusion that UBI is the best way to abolish poverty.
In his last speech, MLK stated “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income” (King Jr, Martin Luther. “Where Are We Going?” Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, Beacon Press, 1968, pp. 143–76, https://www.uni-five.com/upload/doc/82818file.pdf171).
We aim to take up this call to continue making UBI a reality in the USA (ok, maybe just WA for now)
Shovia Muchirawehondo [she, her, hers] earned a Masters in Adult Higher Education at WWU. She is a Diversity and Equity trainer and independent contractor with several years of experience teaching internationally and at the local secondary level.
Gail Goulet [she, her / they, theirs] currently teaches in Health and Community Studies at Western Washington University. Her teaching focus is on participatory action research, cooperative development, social justice, and equity.