PBP September 2013 Newsletter: Your Turn to Decide, Big News from NYC, 4 New PB Processes
Assemblies Begin in New York and Chicago
It’s hard to believe that it was only four years ago that we worked with Alderman Joe Moore of Chicago’s 49th ward to launch the first participatory budgeting process in the US. Thirty-one funded community projects later, the ward is entering its 5th year of PB, and has been joined by wards 5, 22, and 45. Neighborhood assemblies begin next week, and between now and next spring, we’ll empower thousands of PB Chicago participants to decide how to spend $4 million.
Participatory Budgeting in New York has begun its 3rd year, with two new districts that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy: District 38 (Sunset Park and Red Hook) and District 31 (Far Rockaways). Over the next six months, residents in nine districts will decide how to spend $12 million. PBP is working closely with the Council Member offices, partner organizations, and volunteers to coordinate over 60 neighborhood assemblies over the next few weeks! Follow the action at the new @PB_NYC Twitter handle, watch and share the brand new assembly promo video below, and join us at an assembly (see dates in the side panel).
PB Wins Big in NYC Election
It’s one of the biggest election stories you haven’t heard: Participatory budgeting is poised for major expansion in New York City. In September’s City Council primaries, voters chose 21 Council Member candidates who have pledged to use PB to allocate discretionary funds in their districts, which would empower residents to decide how to spend at least $25 million on community improvements. Democratic Mayoral Nominee Bill de Blasio has made a similar pledge, committing to “scale up participatory budgeting in council districts across New York City [and] pilot expanding participatory budgeting to broader pools of city grant funding.” We will keep you posted on how this develops!
We Want Your Ideas
Do you have ideas for new projects that can help the PB movement grow? Join us at our first-ever virtual PB assemblies to brainstorm ideas for how to spend money raised through PB2 – our own PB process. The top ideas developed through the assemblies will be put on the ballot for PB2 voting in November-December. Last year you chose to allocate $9,000 to hire a new PBP part-time development person and to produce the fantastic new PB Intro Video. How should we invest in the PB movement this year?
The Movement Grows
Several PB advocates that attended our training and conference in May have already followed up by launching new PB processes in their home cities:
What You Can Do
Do you have a couple of hours a month to give to your community? Do you have experience with outreach, facilitation, fundraising, design, or communications? Sign up to volunteer in New York, Chicago, or wherever you are!
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