We are going to move universal basic income from a radical idea to widespread public acceptance and organize a grassroots movement to elect representatives who will enact it in the next decade.
Thanks to Andrew Yang and the Yang Gang, the energy surrounding basic income and solutions for 21st Century America is stronger than ever. Income Movement started with a worldwide march for basic income spanning 30 cities, in 13 countries, on six continents. 10,000 people showed up to demand a change. And that’s just the beginning.
We are former Yang staffers, donors, and volunteers. We are former tech entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 consultants, and political operatives. We are proud members of our communities. And we are everyone who joins us - that’s you. This is a people powered movement on a mission to pass basic income for all and build a trickle up economy that works for everyone.Our country is at the precipice of massive upheaval. 43 million Americans live in poverty. 37% of American adults currently don’t work. 73 million American jobs will be automated within 10 years.
In the land of ‘equal opportunity’ none of our solutions have leveled the playing field. The solution is to give cash to as many people as possible and empower them to do what makes most sense to their needs. No one deserves to start at zero. An equal head start means better outcomes for all.
This Movement started in 1795. In the late 1700s, one of our nation’s founders Thomas Paine outlined the idea of an equal basic endowment “to every person, rich or poor” as a redistribution of land taxes to the people. In the 60s, solving economic inequality became a primary focus for Dr. Martin Luther King. He supported guaranteed income as the simplest, most effective solution to alleviate poverty. Then in the 1970s, with a strong desire to eradicate poverty, President Nixon proposed a Family Assistance Plan to give American families a guaranteed income. It passed in the House, but Democrats in the Senate were concerned that the plan did not go far enough, so voted against it.
Recently with the publishing of books like Andy Stern’s Raising the Floor and the founding of organizations like Y Combinator Research and Economic Security Project, there began a resurgence of Basic Income in the U.S. discourse.
Andrew Yang has taken this resurgence and become the leader of a movement to pass universal basic income in America. Andrew’s campaign has foisted universal basic income onto the national and international stage. Now, 43% of Americans back the idea of a basic income for all people.
Our mission is to ensure this energy grows and grows until we overhaul Congress and ensure the American Dream is alive for anyone who wants it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as laid out in the founding principles of the Declaration of Independence, are diminishing for too many of our neighbors. With your help we can build a movement that demands sensible and innovative solutions for our kids and their kids.
We hope you’ll join us to shake up society.