California and New York are leading the way in a trend spreading across the nation to push race-based reparations through Universal Basic Income utilizing taxation from sources such as marijuana sales.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has mandated universal basic income for 600 poor minority families of $500 a month for at least the next 18 months. This follows a similar move by Stockton, California. And last week, Marin County approved $1,000 monthly payments for 125 residents for two years.
The latest to promote the idea is Rochester, New York’s Mayor Lovely Warren who sent a letter on Thursday to a Latino-focused nonprofit group that pushed reparations through Universal Basic Income by leveraging marijuana revenue to pay for it. She has asked that the nonprofit sit on an exploratory committee to review the proposal. The mayor is suggesting that Universal Basic Income or home-ownership be provided to certain communities.
“Beyond changing policies and procedures, we must do more to close the wealth gap between black and brown people and our white residents,” Warren stated in her letter to the Ibero-American Action League. “With marijuana legalization on the horizon in New York, we have an opportunity we never had before to bring real resources to bear to uplift our families and improve, not just their financial wellbeing, but their very future.”
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The Commission on Racial and Structural Equity has recently stated that racism is “deeply embedded in the culture and practices of Rochester and Monroe County.” Warren’s letter seems to capitalize on and take advantage of that subjective ruling.
The only saving grace of that report was that the commission was forced to acknowledge that they found very little in the laws that apply to the city and county “which created and sustained racist policies.”
Then, for good measure, they threw in lack of diversity into the mix to charge discrimination as the committee allegedly found “practices and conditions where diversity of race, ethnicity, and gender are nearly non-existent; where people of color are unable to fully participate and are implicitly or explicitly excluded from opportunities that could enhance their economic, social and mental health; and where people of color are denied the opportunity to participate in the rule-making and decision-making that shapes our lives, from birth to death.”
Warren is calling for a review of UBI in other cities such as Evanston, Illinois, and Oakland, California.
(Friday, Mar. 26, 2021) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today an initiative to explore the implementation of reparations, including the possible establishment of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program, as well as a home ownership program.
— City of Rochester NY (@CityRochesterNY) March 26, 2021
…The impending legalization of marijuana in New York State presents us with a new opportunity to bring real resources to bear to uplift our families and improve, not only their financial well-being, but their very future.”
— City of Rochester NY (@CityRochesterNY) March 26, 2021
Marin Community Foundation is chipping in $3 million for their UBI program. Marin County in California will pony up $400,000 as well. Recipients must be women of color and have a child who is under the age of 18. The gender element differs from the programs in Stockton and Oakland but race is still a determining factor.
Fox News asked the Marin Community Foundation if they thought what they were doing was discriminatory. Foundation president and CEO Thomas Peters deflected by claiming this was an “initial program” and that it was aimed at minority women who are shouldering a “double-weighted burden in their path to self-sufficiency.” He also justified the move by stating that selecting women of color was “not for any reason of exclusion, but because we are laser-focused on an area of greatest need.”
“Our pilot program is the next phase in a research study we conducted last year focused on low-income moms who are struggling to care for their families and better their educational and economic standing. No surprise but still quite dismaying, we found that the women who are grappling with the most serious difficulties of all are moms of color, who face not only financial challenges but the daily imposition of overt and covert discrimination,” claimed Peters.
“The ultimate endgame for this demonstration project is to have an example of how cash aid can be really helpful in terms of alleviating poverty, to test the usefulness of this approach to addressing poverty and addressing some of the racial inequities that we know exist in the county and beyond,” Johnathan Logan, Marin Community Foundation vice president of community engagement informed the county board of supervisors just before they voted unanimously to pass the program.
The racial component of the proposed UBI programs lends credence to the reparations angle and it is catching fire in America as leftists voice the belief it will create economic stability. There are many that doubt that premise and in fact, believe just the opposite. But at least 34 mayors are now calling for UBI.
We are 34 mayors representing more than 16 million Americans across the country, and we are calling on @POTUS & @VP for recurring checks each month through the duration of this crisis. See our full-page ad in today’s @washingtonpost. #OneMoreCheckisNotEnough pic.twitter.com/vj5wmN7zs8
— Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (@mayorsforagi) January 21, 2021
In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed put into motion a plan to pay $1,000 a month to 125 black and Pacific Islander mothers who are pregnant for up to two years after they give birth. The city is also planning a broader program that could pay $500 a month to 1,000 residents.
Another example is the Santa Clara County board of supervisors who approved an initiative to pay $1,000 a month for one year to 72 former foster children that are 24-years-old or older.
The Newark, N.J. City Council jumped on the reparations train as well by backing a resolution to establish a guaranteed income trial program. They are recommending an 18-month pilot project that would pay 500 to 1,000 residents $250 or $500 per month.
“This is unconstitutional. If an otherwise eligible person wants to challenge it in court, know that there are lawyers who would take the case,” attorney and former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party Harmeet Dhillon tweeted in response to a story on the move by Oakland’s mayor.