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Sexism, Racism, Poverty, Criminalization, and why we need Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI)

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Join us a timely discussion about Sexism, Racism, Poverty, Criminalization, and why we need a Guaranteed Livable Income. Sunday, August 30th.

12 PM - 2 PM (PST) 3 PM - 5 PM (EST)

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Fay Blaney, Aboriginal Women's Action Network

Honourable Kim Pate, Senator

Lolly Bennett, National Congress of Black Women Foundation

Grace Balbutin, Asian Women for Equality

Community respondents

Charie Siddayao, Philippine Women Centre of Ontario

Heather Mason, Strength in SISterhood Society

Sheila Regehr, Basic Income Canada Network

Honourable Leah Gazan, MP for Winnipeg Centre.

In a key moment of heightened awareness of the racism and brutality of the criminal justice system, and the place of poverty in the discussion, guaranteed livable income, GLI (also known as universal basic income) has featured as an attractive policy potential - especially in the context of the global pandemic COVID-19. Recent calls to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and move toward GLI have begun to articulate the additional challenges we face as women, Indigenous women and women of colour.

We bring together four leading feminist thinkers to talk about their work with women - women in poverty, Indigenous women, women of colour, women in the criminal justice system. We'll talk about what a GLI could look like in Canada, and what it would mean for women.

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Guaranteed Livable Income (Basic Income)

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