Diane

About Diane Pagen

Diane was born in Queens, New York, and has lived in all the boroughs of NYC except for Staten Island. She is a social worker, a social policy researcher and writer, and has taught social welfare policy to first year graduate social work students. Diane is working on analysis of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grants and educating people on the diversion of these block grants by state welfare bureaucracies, a phenomenon that is aggravating poverty nationally. She loves to read and to write, to go to Scandinavia House, and watch crime series and political thrillers such as Wallender and Baron Noir. She secretly wants to be Baron Noir character Amelie Dorendeu for a week. She enjoys taking trips to the country, old movies, vintage clothing, exercise, gardening, and reading and writing, as well as discussing politics with her students, her friends, her dates and just about anyone who can talk. She is an activist for a Universal Basic Income and part of Basic Income NYC, a bunch of people who get together to spread Basic Income to others. She supports Andrew Yang for the U.S. Presidency in 2020. Diane is a graduate of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, where she studied for five years and graduated with honors, and has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University (2004). Thanks to the UPR, she has learned to speak Spanish. She has also lived in Spain and in France, and wants to retire to Colombia if the US continues to fall into the toilet. She is working on a bunch of things including a book chapter for a book about UBI coming out in 2020. Diane lives in Brooklyn.

Explaining U.S. Social Safety Net to Scandinavians is Utterly Embarrassing

UBI, and candidates who are committed to making it the law are where we need to be investing our energy, not in charity, tweaking failed Welfare "to Work" policies state to state, not in passing out sandwiches and Thanksgiving turkeys.

16th Annual U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Congress Opening Session

Organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, Basic Income Canada, and Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Associate Professor Michael A. Lewis, this year’s Congress will bring together researchers, activists, policymakers and students from around North America and around the world who focus on universal basic income guarantee (BIG) policy. Kicking off [...]

By |2018-11-20T22:53:34+00:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scarcity, Misdeeds, and Violence? Or Universal Basic Income?

Andrew Yang, Presidential candidate writes, "A culture of scarcity is a culture of negativity. They attack each other. Tribalism and divisiveness go way up."

Disastrous Homelessness Policy Makes Us All Crazy

This month, we read that a woman set another woman afire at a shelter in Queens, New York after an argument. In 2016, a man was practically beheaded at a Manhattan shelter after an argument gone bad. A DHS spokesperson said of the fire starter, “this unconscionable act goes against everything we stand for.” This [...]

Presentation for the Democrats for Life of America conference

How Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ("welfare") federal block grant policy has made parenting mostly impossible* by Diane R. Pagen, LMSW, Social Worker *And why/how to do something about it Dedicated to Gerald and all the kids I have met as a social worker Download the PDF version of the presentation here Presented at the [...]

By |2018-07-28T09:03:18+00:00July 21st, 2018|Poverty and income, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Democrats for Life – DFLA – National Conference Speakers 2018

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) is hosting its inaugural Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on July 20-22, 2018. The DFLA Annual Conference is the pinnacle of our work to rejuvenate the Democratic Party with pro-life Democrats. One in 3 Democrats is pro-life or have significant reservations about our current abortion policy, and significant concerns [...]

By |2018-07-04T11:40:14+00:00July 4th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments