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Meet Chicko – and celebrate with him on April 20th

Have you met Chicko? We’re celebrating his amazing work as a youth organizer with Red Hook Initiative at our April 20th NYC PBParty Benefit! As PB vote week in NYC wraps up this week (Go Vote!), now is the time to get your tickets to the #PBParty, and to meet Chicko: After moving to Red…

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Why HUD budgets are vital to rebuilding trust in government

What do youth apprenticeship programs, safe routes to schools, and mobile showers for the homeless community have in common? They all make communities more resilient, more equitable, and more sustainable. They are all eligible to be funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDGB). And they are just some of the many projects directly decided by…

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Make a plan to vote (and volunteer) in PBNYC!

  At a time when so many of our rights and our neighbors are under attack, I’m writing to ask you to join me in building political power for immigrants, young people, and all of us. At the end of March, NY City Council will invite residents age 14+ (regardless of citizenship or immigration status)…

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Why we need participatory budgeting now

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

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Democracy Rising: Expanding Participatory Budgeting in the South

In a time when people’s trust in democracy is being deeply challenged, we are excited to be able to increase our work to support new participatory processes across the South. Southern communities are among the hardest hit with legislation aiming to limit democratic involvement, such as the restrictions on voter participation in North Carolina that…

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April 20th: Join us to celebrate these PB Champions!

  We are thrilled to announce that at this year’s NYC PBParty Benefit we will be honoring the Red Hook Initiative, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and the Cloudburst Group. Join us on April 20th, 6-9:30 pm, at BRIC to celebrate these PB Champions who are building a more democratic, collaborative, and just society from…

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Low-income communities make decisions about federal funds

Participatory budgeting is a best practice in civic engagement used around the world for over 25 years to give communities real power over real money. In 2009, PB came to the U.S. with a very local budget in one ward in Chicago. Today, Oakland, California is changing the way participatory democracy can work in the…

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How would you spend $25,000 to make PB better?

We need your ideas for how to make PB better! To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process, called PB2.   SUBMIT YOUR IDEA NOW!   Last year, you voted to spend $18,000 on…

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You made it happen: This is Democracy Made by YOU

Happy New Year! As we enter an uncertain 2017, we’re blown away by your commitment to democracy. Thank you to the more than 180 of you who donated over $25,000 in our Democracy Made by You campaign! You’re AMAZING! Your support empowers young people like Darnell Maxwell to step up as leaders. Your support makes…

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Best of 2016

2016 was a year of tremendous growth and learning here at PBP, and as it comes to a close we can honestly say we’re not just aiming to transform democracy – we’re actually doing it. Join us for a look at our three biggest wins this year: ➊ We expanded PB to a record number…

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