How to Build On the Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum was unique in its strong emphasis on feminist transformation. For example, the Global Acceleration Plan explicitly calls for changes in “structures, systems and power that reinforce inequality,” rather than superficial fixes that merely empower a few more women within existing structures. But like for any international summit, new commitments are only the first step: the real test will be the implementation process. Three challenges appear paramount.

Front and Center: “Magnolia Mother’s Trust Was So Important in Getting Me Through Those Months Last Year,” Says Guaranteed Income Alumna and Mother

Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.

“I haven’t had work since the shutdown, that was March 17 of 2020 here. I have been looking for work, and all I want is just a good-paying job. The money from Magnolia Mother’s Trust was so important in getting me through those months last year.”

Front and Center: Guaranteed Income Is Helping Chephirah Cover Her Bills, Plan Her Future and Finally Feel Hope

Front and Center highlights the success of Springboard to Opportunities’ Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which this year will give $1,000 per month for 12 months to 100 families headed by Black women living in federally subsidized housing.

“The dinner and a trip down to New Orleans were the two things she asked for for her birthday, and I was able to do both because of that help of the Magnolia Mother’s Trust and my family. It’s been a long, long time since we had a little vacation.”

Andrew Yang May be Out, But Basic Income is In

While it may be the end of Andrew Yang’s political aspirations for now, it is critical to recognize that his signature issue of basic income is here to stay—with a movement and footprint bigger than any one election or politician.

Basic income has deep roots in racial justice movements—counting the National Welfare Rights Organization, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panthers among its historic proponents. Many guaranteed basic income pilots in the U.S. predate Yang’s rise, led by Black politicians and advocates, from Michael Tubbs’s Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration to Aisha Nyandoro’s Magnolia Mother’s Trust.