A lot was accomplished at Tuesday’s first meeting of the campaign to bring participatory budgeting to the 50th Ward.
Tom Desmond’s presentation outlined the 49th Ward’s experience with participatory budgeting. He began with a brief history–its origins in Brazil, and Joe Moore’s bringing it to the 49th Ward, the first ward in the City of Chicago to share menu money decision-making with residents.
A Steering Committee has formed. The alderman is being invited to the next meeting. Contacts are being called. Other groups are being invited to participate. The petitions and signature goals for each precinct are ready for volunteer circulators. Updated poll sheets are on the way.
Watch this space for news about the next meeting.
And if you’d like to join us in this exciting project, please either come to the next meeting or contact us via this Web site.