2018 was a big year for participatory budgeting (PB), thanks to you! Looking back on our year in social media, we won great victories that make us optimistic going into 2019. Check out the highlights below, then make an end of year donation to support more victories in 2019!
Following up from our PB in Schools wins, it was especially inspiring to hear from the folks impacted by that change: young people. Coro Fellow, Jacinta Ojevwe, gave an amazing speech at the opening of the Innovations in Participatory Democracy (IPD) Conference. She called for those who care about democracy to center the involvement of young people, the next generation.
We met with steering committees from each of the 10 public high schools in Phoenix that led PB in the 2017-18 school year. The teachers here participated in a celebration and evaluation of the year, just before beginning their #RedforEDstrike to demand better working and learning conditions for the entire school community. When you support PB, you’re supporting student and teacher leaders!
On Election Day in November, we won the #YesYesYes campaign to pass all three NYC Charter amendments. Question #2 will create a Civic Engagement Commission, which will implement PB city-wide. PB went from a small, voluntary experiment, to a charter-mandated program in all 5 boroughs. You’ve made this victory possible - thank you for stepping up!
Only two days after the citywide PB victory, The Atlantic featured Public Money, a beautiful documentary about PBNYC. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! If you have, share it if you haven’t already.
As PB grows and we carry momentum into the New Year, we’re looking forward to even more media coverage, and even more support. Help us keep growing this momentum; let’s make 2019 even greater.