What is the Political Case for Universal Basic Income?
A LAWACTH Young Professional’s event

David Kim

Candidate, US Congress - CA's 34th district

June 1, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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With unemployment rates skyrocketing around the globe, some wonder if the government should adopt a universal basic income (UBI) policy to help Americans absorb the economic impacts and even improve our mental health and wellbeing.

Once a politically fringe idea, UBI was recently brought to the forefront of U.S. Democratic Party presidential debates by candidate Andrew Yang. Other prominent supporters include Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg. Some countries are experimenting with UBI as well -- Spain has announced it is moving towards a permanent UBI, Iran has had a program in place since 2010, and Kenya expects to release preliminary data this year about the effects of its trial UBI program started in 2016.

What is the political and social case for UBI? If implemented, how might it affect Los Angeles and our city’s diverse economy? David Kim, an attorney and community activist running for the California 34th district Congressional seat with a platform based upon UBI, joins us to discuss what UBI is, how it differs from the economic impact payments some Americans have already received, and how Angelenos would be affected by an implementation of UBI.

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David Kim is a local Los Angeles neighborhood council board member, attorney, and community organizer currently running for U.S. Congress in California's 34th Congressional District against incumbent Jimmy Gomez. Before turning to politics and advocating for universal basic income, David worked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and then as a litigator before going into entertainment. He founded and sold The Hollywood Lawyer, an entertainment boutique law practice offering legal services to creatives, and also worked as the Director of Music Acquisitions at Sony Pictures. David received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2006 and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 2010.

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