Interest in our upcoming Participatory Budgeting Election is running high. After three days of early voting, more 49th Ward residents have cast ballots in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Electionthan voted in the first three days of early voting in last February’s Primary Election!
The 49th Ward may be the first political jurisdiction in the U.S. to engage in participatory budgeting, but we’re hardly the first in the world. Find out about the history of participatory budgeting from the foremost experts on the topic at a special lecture and discussion, “Militants and Citizens: The History of Participatory Budgeting,” Friday, April 9th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Mess Hall Gallery, 6932 N. Glenwood (just south of the Morse Red Line stop).
Joining us will be Josh Lerner and Brown University Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Co-Directors of theParticipatory Budgeting Project, a resource group that works with elected officials and community organizations to open up public budgets to democratic participation. They will offer their insights and extensive experiences on this worldwide movement.
Find out about the first incarnation of participatory budgeting in Porto Algre, Brazil in 1989 and about more recent efforts, including the ongoing participatory budgeting process here in the 49th Ward. Lerner and Baiocchi will consider as well the promises and the potential pitfalls of this process in fomenting a more democratic form of governance.
While you’re there, take a look at the Mess Hall’s special exhibition, which features all 36 proposed projects that are on the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting ballot.
And most importantly, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE Saturday, April 10th, at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (across from Touhy Park). Polls are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Information on all 36 proposed projects will be on display and special oral presentations on the projects will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 Noon and 2 p.m.
Early voting is taking place Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).
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