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Session 3: Saturday June 29th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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The legendary Black Panther & National Welfare Rights Activist Rev Annie (Rogers) Chambers sits down with Diane Pagen of Basic Income Action and Basic Income NYC to discuss how a Universal Basic Income Guarantee would affect the Welfare Recipient Community and change the broader landscape of what it means to have welfare in the USA. Now 77 years old and a Public Housing HUD RAB Delegate, Annie Chambers is working to revitalize National Welfare Rights across the country as it seeks to empower the poor & working class while working with organizations such as the Poor People's Campaign. Diane Pagen is nationally known for her research into waste and abuse in the welfare system as well as being a practicing social worker. Ian Schlakman, a co-founder of Basic Income Action and organizer with the newly revived National Welfare Rights will moderate the conversation as we identify the historic conflicts between the Basic Income community and the Welfare Advocates and how the two communities can move forward to advance the agenda of the poor and working class. Topics will include historical accounts about the organizing style of National Welfare Rights including protests in welfare offices and direct confrontation with anti-poor elitist politicians, the Johnnie Tillmon Method of Organizing and then move to the modern struggle of National Welfare Rights advocating for a Basic Income within their important role in the Poor People's march on Washington last year. Visuals of historic National Welfare Rights moments will be presented along with infographics about our current welfare programs. Q&A with the audience will follow the main discussion.


Diane R. Pagen has been a social worker for New York City and a social policy analyst for fourteen years. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Diane has lived in Paris, New York, San Juan, and Sevilla. Diane grew up in Woodside Houses in Queens and later in Lefrak City, Queens, and went to NYC...

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Reverend Annie Chambers (Formerly Annie Rogers) was born in 1942. She's a retired social worker and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She's the mother of 25 children and is originally from Richmond VA before she moved to Baltimore in the 1960's. She's one of...

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