Basic Income is needed now
Aidan, 29.03.2012 04:12
I've been in Medford for about a month and have met some very generous people - but more is needed for homeless persons such as myself.
My situation is not unique. I'm an artisan wood carver who prefers to live my life independent of the construct of a capitalist system. I prefer not to pay rent or taxes but don't write me off just yet. Most of the people I've stayed with have been very understanding of my lifestyle choice and have come to realize that I can contribute in other ways - as long as I have a basic income.
Homeless people have a lot to offer. They have skills which are underutilized but people of means owe us more. Food is not enough - money is needed to support the homeless. A vegan diet is expensive and I just got a new puppy that needs to eat too.
If you are blessed with having a job you love that pays a lot of money, please open your home to the homeless. Unfortunately, many homeless don't have a back account so cashing checks is difficult, cash is much appreciated.
Basic Income for all seems like a fantasy but if we get the right people elected it can be a reality. A grassroots effort in Medford can be a model for the rest of the country. You can start a basic income program by setting aside an amount of money for the homeless each month.
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solidarity = basics
03.05.2012 - 20:56
hello. touched by your comment. stick in there. i am living very precariously too, with zero money and trying to get in a better position. some basic finances make a huge difference, even $10 here and there changes my stress levels a lot. but im not used to this, and it's hard to ask for money. i would like to start selling french press coffee on the street to earn something, because i need to get my phone service back. weve got to stick together and look out for each other because how can you get anywhere if you don't have the permits to do anything... we need to live.