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Cutting Democracy from Chicago's Budget?

Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is considering cutting the discretionary funds allocated to Aldermen – the pot of money used for participatory budgeting in the city’s 49th Ward. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the $66 million budget – called menu money – could be eliminated. The funds are distributed equally to the city’s 50 Aldermen,…

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PBP on CBC

The Participatory Budgeting Project’s Maria Hadden was interviewed last night on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) program Connect with Mark Kelley. In light of the current federal budget debates in Canada, she discussed Participatory Budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward, as an alternative way to decide public spending. Her segment appears around the 24 minute mark…

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Update from Springfield

Check out this quick 8-minute video of the recent PB event in Springfield, MA, that captures the participants’ contributions. In the coming months, local organizers are planning to work with elected officials and candidates to move forward discussions about implementing PB in the region. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please let us know.

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Organizing in Greensboro

In May, the Fund for Democratic Communities invited The PB Project to lead some discussions about bringing PB to Greensboro, North Carolina. After a successful visit, organizers are ready to move forward: “Folks are ready to move from learning about participatory budgeting in other cities to figuring out how to make it a reality in…

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PB Discussion in Chicago

If you’re in the Chicago area, check out the following event: Roving Cafe Society with WBEZ: Participatory Budgeting Thursday, June 23 – 6:00 PM – WBEZ North Side Bureau (2913 West Devon Ave, Chicago) For the first time in the U.S., the city’s 49th Ward lets taxpayers directly decide how public money is spent. Residents…

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Year Two of PB in Chicago

Chicago’s 49th Ward recently completed its second year of participatory budgeting. See the 49th Ward website for a list of the results. As Alderman Joe Moore announced afterward: “Aproximately 1,000 residents of our community cast ballots in this historic election to vote on how to spend the 49th Ward’s 2011 capital improvement budget. The voters…

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May 16: NYC Panel on PB in Europe

The PB Project is sponsoring a talk in NYC on May 16th: ————————— PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IN EUROPE: IMPORTING DEMOCRACY FROM BRAZIL? A Panel Discussion with: Giovanni Allegretti, Coimbra University, Portugal Ernesto Ganuza, Spanish Scientific Research Council Moderated by Michael Menser, Brooklyn College/CUNY MONDAY MAY 16TH, 2011 4-6PM; ROOM 9204 CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue,…

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May 7: 2nd PB Vote in Chicago

Participatory Budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward is gearing up for its second annual PB voting day – Saturday, May 7th. For more information, including the sample ballot, see http://www.ward49.com/

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