- 2017 Oakland PBParty Benefit
- June 1, 2017
- 6 pm - 9:30 pm
- Joyce Gordon Gallery
- (406 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612)
Join us and celebrate with community leaders!
Across California and North America, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) engages those who are most excluded from government in making real decisions on how money is spent in their communities. This summer marks five years of participatory budgeting (PB) in California, during which over 10,000 people in cities and high schools around the state have decided together how to spend public funds in their communities.
For the first time in U.S. history, low-income families and students are now using PB to decide how to spend federal funds (in Oakland) and school district funds (in Phoenix).
Join us on June 1st as we celebrate PB and those who make it possible at our first Oakland PBParty Benefit!
If you have any questions, please email harvir@participatorybudgeting.
Meet our PB Champions
Community Activist Award
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
APEN believes all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment where their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Through building an organized movement, APEN strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life.
APEN organizes low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in Oakland Chinatown and Richmond, and they amplify their voices to win environmental justice. APEN develops the leadership of their membership base to advance their solutions to the climate and economic crisis. As a partner of the Participatory Budgeting Project, APEN is deepening democracy so that workers and communities have control over the decisions that affect their daily lives. Together, APEN is creating the transparency and accountability needed between the City and its residents.
Government Leadership Award
Marti BrownMarti's passion for building healthier communities and better government has led her to a life of public service. For more than 15 years, she has served the citizens of Berkeley, Sacramento, Vallejo and now Arvin, California in helping to develop and implement public policy best practices in local government, including urban planning and redevelopment. Currently, Marti is the Community Development Director of the City of Arvin, CA. She manages the day-to-day operations and administration of the Planning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Maintenance and Infrastructure, and Parks and Recreation Divisions. From December 2009 to January 2014, Marti served on the Vallejo City Council, during and after municipal bankruptcy. During her tenure, she spearheaded bringing Participatory Budgeting (PB) to the City of Vallejo for the first city-wide PB process in North America. She holds an MBA, MA in Geography and a BA in Environmental Studies. When not working, traveling or enjoying a spa day, Marti lives in Frazier Park, CA.
Organizational Ally Award
The California EndowmentFounded in 1996, The California Endowment (TCE) is a nonprofit statewide foundation that works to make California a healthier place for all. TCE’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. In 2013, PBP began a partnership with TCE to promote participatory budgeting (PB) across California. Through this work, PBP has been able to support local advocacy for PB in the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) program sites around California, and launch new PB processes in Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose. BHC is a 10-year initiative focused on empowering residents in 14 low-income California communities to eradicate health inequalities through community organizing and policy change. In each community, PB presents a unique opportunity to channel public resources toward services and infrastructure that promote health and foster community economic development.
Meet our Host Committee
Our Host Committee is composed of our early supporters who are passionate about PB and building real democracy. They bring friends, family, and community to the celebration.
Featured on printed signage at the event;
Featured on the event web page;
Recognized on PBP’s website;
Thanked during the event program.