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The Automatic Boost to Communities Act, introduced by Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Pramila Jayapal, would send a $2,000 payment to every single person in the United States, regardless of immigration status, age, wealth, or anything else. And it would do the same thing the next month, and every month during the pandemic, and then $1,000 a month for a year after.

The U.S. government's failure to provide assistance as other countries have, has forced 10 million more people into poverty. At least half of all U.S. residents are struggling to afford essentials like groceries, rent, and water and utility bills. Many parents are going without food in order to feed their children, and many families are on the brink of homelessness.

Click here to add your name now as a grassroots co-signer to the Automatic Boost to Communities (ABC) Act.

The advantages of universality in public programs are huge.

Universality creates no stigma
for those receiving something. That something is not a hand-out but a human right. It creates no resentment in those not receiving something, because there is no such group. It avoids the costly and massive bureaucratic inefficiency of determining who qualifies and who doesn’t. It builds solidarity, and encourages a politics in which larger groups can unite to make further changes. It discourages, not just resentment of actual beneficiaries, but also irrational prejudice against particular groups benefitting or imagined to be benefitting disproportionately. It strengthens support for maintaining a program into the future, rather than opening up the means to chip away at it until it’s gone.

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Under the ABC Act, everyone would be able to get prepaid debit cards that would automatically reload each month, to cover the 25 percent of Americans who are underbanked or unbanked and can only cash checks through predatory lenders.

An Emergency Responder Corps would conduct wellness checks and targeted outreach to at-risk groups such as homeless and elderly people to ensure they receive and understand how to use the debit cards.

We need to start valuing every single human being. Click here to help.

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