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Please note change from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. This time the conference will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (details below)

N.B. Cette conférence se déroule en anglais, mais la période de discussion sera bilingue. Merci. Français ci-dessous.

Citizens in Action
An Alternative Globalization Organization
Another World is Possible 

Together we can make a difference

Citizens in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice is proud to present:

A Free Public Conference on the topic:
Basic Income and Social Protections: Survival Imperatives for the Anthropogenic Age

By Guest Speaker Professor Myron J. Frankman

Author and founder of McGill’s undergraduate program in International Development Studies.

Author of “World Democratic Federalism: Peace and Justice Indivisible,” Mc Gill professor Frankman, has actively dedicated himself to the challenge posed by the divergence of fortunes among the world’s nations and its peoples. He will address the urgent need for the planet-wide provision of both basic incomes and social protections, in combination with open borders. 
It was Marshall McLuhan who spoke about marching into the future looking through a rear view mirror. More than forty years have passed since the basic income pilots in the United States and Canada (Manitoba) came and went. Today, national and subnational pilots are again on the agenda despite ongoing major upheavals in our contexts. Climate scientists speak of environmental tipping points beyond which no reliable projections can be made. This must be in a context where the 17th century Westphalian system of sovereign states gives way to world citizenship and, among other things, local stewardship over the preservation of flora and fauna of our endangered planet.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Place: Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs, 2149 McKay St. basement (between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.) Metro Guy-Concordia
Time: 7:00 p.m. sharp

N. B. We usually meet second Wednesday of each month, to tackle a different political issue, at Concordia University, same time, same place. For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group, Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644, or e-mail: 

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Action Citoyenne
Une organisation altermondialiste
“Un autre monde est possible”

Ensemble on peut faire la différence
Action citoyenne, une organisation progressiste, sans but lucratif et non partisan, dédié à la justice sociale, politique et économique, présente :
Une conférence publique gratuite sur
Le Revenu de base au-delà des impératifs de survie anthropocène
Par le conférencier invité : le professeur Myron J. Frankman
Auteur et fondateur du programme de premier cycle de l'Université McGill en études du développement international.
Auteur du “World Democratic Federalism: Peace and Justice Indivisible." (Fédéralisme Démocratique Mondial: Paix et Justice Indivisible). Le professeur Frankman s'est activement consacré au défi posé par la divergence des fortunes entre les nations du monde et ses peuples. Il répondra au besoin urgent de fournir à la fois des revenus de base et des protections sociales à l'échelle de la planète, en combinaison avec des frontières ouvertes.
C'était Marshall McLuhan qui a parlé de marcher dans l'avenir en regardant à travers un rétroviseur. Plus de quarante ans se sont écoulés depuis l'arrivée et le départ des pilotes de revenu de base aux États-Unis et au Canada (Manitoba). Aujourd'hui, les projets pilotes nationaux et infranationaux sont de nouveau à l'ordre du jour malgré des bouleversements majeurs dans nos contextes. Les climatologues parlent de points de basculement environnementaux au-delà desquels aucune projection fiable ne peut être faite. Cela doit se faire dans un contexte où le système westphalien du 17ème siècle des États souverains cède la place à la citoyenneté mondiale et, entre autres choses, à l'intendance locale de la préservation de la flore et de la faune de notre planète menacée.
Date: Le mercredi 14 mars 2018
Lieu: Université Concordia, École des affaires publiques et communautaires (SCPA)
2149 rue Mackay au sous-sol (entre Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Boulevard) Horaire: 19h00

N. B. Nos rencontres se tiennent une fois par mois, pour comprendre et approfondir un enjeu politique, à l’université Concordia, le deuxième mercredi de chaque mois. Pour une information supplémentaire, s’il vous plait, veuillez appeler la fondatrice et coordinatrice de ce groupe, Nadia Alexan, au tél. (514) 846-0644, ou écrivez à 

“Citizens in Action:” is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent, progressive, organization. Its members are concerned citizens, who are devoted to economic & social justice. We have two objectives:

1) Consciousness-raising through popular education.
2) Lobbying of our governments for the public interest. We plan to struggle against the commercialization & privatization of our common good. We believe in the preeminence of citizens ahead of profits. We believe in fair taxes. We now have a fiscal system of Robin Hood in reverse, “take from the poor to give to the rich.” Multinationals & corporations are getting away with tax-evasion. They have tax-loopholes, tax credits, tax deferrals and tax-havens.
According to Brigitte Alepin’s book, “Ces riches qui ne payent pas d’impôts,” corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes. They pay only 4% in taxes, if they pay at all; whereas 50% of multinationals & banks do not pay any taxes at all, despite their yearly declaration of record profits. And as if this legal theft of public funds were not bad enough, they have the gall to ask for subsidies, welfare for the rich! The rest of us pay over 60% of our salaries in various taxes:taxes at source, property taxes, school taxes, sales’ & services’ taxes, user fees, etc. However, when we need funds for necessary services, such as health care, or the repair of our crumbling bridges & infrastructure, we are constantly told, “there is no money in government coffers.”
In Quebec: The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) considers tax evasion amounts to 15% of its state members’ budgets. If we were to apply these statistics to Quebec finances, we discover we are actually losing over 8 billion dollars in corporate tax evasion every year; an exorbitant amount which exceeds the supposed debt-cost.
In Canada, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, one in five children, lives in poverty, a national disgrace. Forty per cent of all workers earn less than $20,000 a year. Fifty-six per cent of senior citizens, who live alone, are poor. However, the average salary of a CEO is 500 times more than that of the average, hard-working, wage-earner. Consequently, the gap between rich & poor is widening exponentially.Internationally: the globalization of selfishness, greed and excessive, unbridled wealth, has destroyed the planet and impoverished its inhabitants.
Almost 3 billion people, half the world’s population, live on less than two dollars a day, and 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 2 billion inhabitants have no access to clean water. According to UNICEF, 26,000 children die each day, due to poverty & hunger. Rich nations, which represent 20 % of the world’s population, consume 86 % of its resources. A mere 12 % of the world’s population, in developed countries, uses 85% of the planet’s water & resources. The wealthiest nation on earth, the United States, has the widest gap between rich & poor. The total wealth of the world’s three richest individuals is greater than the combined gross domestic product of 48 poorest countries, a quarter of all the world’s states. Less than one per cent of what the world spends every year on weapons could put every child into school & eliminate hunger.
A better world would be possible if:
1) We had real participatory democracy & true equality of the sexes, especially in parliament.
2) The reinstatement of a truly progressive income tax system, eliminate tax havens, etc.
3) Limits to Economic Growth. The planet cannot absorb the pillage & destruction of its resources any more, nor the damage to the environment through green-house gases.
4) Independent media, free from control by corporate conglomerates who have hijacked our airwaves, newspapers and magazines.
5) Public ownership of public resources. Water is a necessity, not a commodity to be bought & sold on international markets.
6) Public/Private Partnerships serve only to increase the profits of a few predators, but are not in the public interest. They actually increase costs & diminish the quality of our services. Healthcare should remain public.
7) Our internal & foreign policy should not be dictated, in secret, by the United States, as in the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Agreement between Canada, U.S. & Mexico; otherwise, the lowest common denominator of goods & services will prevail.
8) The right to food, work & lodging must beenshrined in our Charter of Human Rights.
9) Unelected lobbyists who influence public policy should be banned altogether.
10) The commercialization of every aspect of our lives should cease. The economy should be in the service of citizens & not vice-versa!
Take Action: Get involved
*We meet the second Tuesday of each month, to listen to a renowned speaker & to discuss a current political issue.
Place: Concordia Hall building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, (corner Bishop)
Room 760, on the 7th floor
Time: 7:00 p.m. sharp
For further information, contact founder: Nadia Alexan,
tel. (514) 846-0644, e-mail: