Chris Arnade’s ‘Faces of Addiction’ & the Case for Basic Income and the Decriminalisation of Drugs and Prostitution

Ruth Jacobs

Chris Arnade was a trader on Wall Street for 20 years until 2012 when he left to focus on photography. Having been involved in a project with Hunts Point Alliance for Children, he got to know some of the local residents in Hunts Point, South Bronx, the poorest neighbourhood in New York City, who were trapped in poverty, addiction and prostitution. With their permission he has been taking their pictures and sharing their stories. His ‘Faces of Addiction’ series documents the lives of these people who have become his friends.

Some people might prefer to look the other way and pretend other people aren’t living like this. But the harsh truth is they are and I hope instead the stories on this page inspire more people to support harm reduction and decriminalisation for drugs and prostitution, which Chris Arnade also believes is the best legislation for people who take drugs…

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Call for Support of the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income

Basic Income should be a human right. Before January 14, 2014, one million statements of support are required for the European Commission to examine this initiative and arrange for a public hearing in the European Parliament. Please sign the petition at http://basicincome2013.eu.

Ruth Jacobs

basic income posterStand up for Basic Income as a human right. Before January 14, 2014, one million statements of support are required for the European Commission to examine this initiative and arrange for a public hearing in the European Parliament. Please sign the petition here

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Reasons to Support Basic Income (from http://basicincome.org.uk)

1) Basic Income will help us rethink how & why we work

A basic income can help you do other work and reconsider old choices: It will enable you to retrain, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have enough money to maintain a decent standard of living while you do. It will therefore help each of us to decide what it is we truly want to do.

2) Basic Income will contribute to better working conditions

With the insurance of having unconditional basic income as a safety net, workers can challenge their employers if they find their conditions…

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