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Saturday, July 9 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Budgets for Black Lives

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How can we #FundBlackFutures? Take control of your $ with participatory budgeting (PB). Our session will explore how integrating demands for PB in your campaigns could advance your goals. We'll highlight campaigns for economic justice led by Black Youth and discuss whether PB could be a tool used to achieve movement goals at the local level. We hope participants will leave with a new tool to use in their struggles for liberation and a bit more empowered to take control of their public funds. NOTE: All will be welcome in this space but the voices of Black identified folks and people of color will be given priority in this session.

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Maria Hadden

Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
Maria first became involved in participatory budgeting (PB) during the very first PB cycle in the U.S. in 2009. Inspired by the experience, she took on a leadership role as a founding board member of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). She is currently PBP's Project Manager... Read More →

Biola Jeje

Biola Jeje is currently at the American Postal Workers Union doing social media and communications work. Biola was previously the Statewide Coordinator of New York Students Rising, a statewide network of students dedicated to defending public higher education in New York State. A... Read More →

Natasha Soto

Natasha D. Soto is a Community Organizer for the Clean Air Coalition of WNY for the past 5 years. CA is an Environmental Health and Justice Organization that believes in democratic decision making; CA knowing s that when residents have the capacity to make real decisions that impact... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Ketchum Hall 113