On June 16th, we will honor three champions of participatory budgeting at our annual benefit celebration. Let us introduce you to our amazing honorees – and then join us in celebrating their achievements!
Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center
The Community Development Project (CDP) strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities. It has provided invaluable pro-bono legal support to PBP, connected PBP to community organizations such as Community Voices Heard and the Right to the City Alliance, and led the research and evaluation efforts for Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC). CDP’s evaluation reports (1, 2, 3) and promotion of PB have helped empower thousands of NYC residents, many of them marginalized groups such as youth or immigrants, to allocate nearly $57 million toward community needs and priorities.
The Democracy Fund is a foundation based in Washington DC, created in 2011 by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. It invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public and able to meet the greatest challenges facing our nation. It has been the largest national funder of PB in the US, supporting the development of new tech tools, enabling PBP to organize a national convening with the White House in 2014, and providing the resources to help scale up PB across the country.
Silaka Cox, Rockaway Youth Task Force
Silaka Cox is the Chief Operations Officer at the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF), and one of the most dedicated community leaders of PB. She joined RYTF in 2011 as a junior in high school, in order to become more engaged and active in her community. Silaka has consistently stood up for PB in the Rockaways, working to ensure that youth and low-income communities of color are at the forefront. She played a lead role in moving forward discussions on youth PB at PBP’s conference, has helping bring in foundation funding for PBNYC, and volunteers on PBP’s Advisory Board.