Guaranteed Income from the Ground Up: Building Power and Policy in Community

Guaranteed Income from the Ground Up: Building Power and Policy in Community

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Oct. 8 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Oct. 8 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Guaranteed Income is an idea that has historic roots in the Black Liberation movement and has gained considerable traction in recent years. While much of the focus has been on policymakers, communities are hard at work building solutions that work for them. In this panel we will hear from organizers and community leaders from across the country who are providing a guaranteed income to help remedy a range of problems, from economic insecurity in historically Black neighborhoods to improving health outcomes for new mothers and their infants.


Mia Birdsong


Mia Birdsong has spent more than 20 years fighting for the self-determination and pointing out the brilliant adaptations of everyday people. In her current role as Co-Director of Family Story, Mia is updating this nation’s outdated picture of the American family (hint: rarely 2.5 kids and two heterosexual parents living behind a white picket fence). Mia, whose 2015 TED talk–titled, “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t True”–has been viewed over 1.2 million times already, is an Ascend Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a New America California Fellow.

Mia is a modern Renaissance woman. She has spent time organizing to abolish prisons, teaching teenagers about sex and drugs, interviewing literary luminaries like Edwidge Danticat, David Foster Wallace, and John Irving, and attending births as a midwifery apprentice. These are some of the many reasons that Mia was recognized as one of Colorlines‘ “15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015.”

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