Greetings new and old friends of the Community Democracy Project!
To those of you we met on our recent Street Team outreach at MacArthur BART or in Rockridge–welcome to the Community Democracy Project! If you haven’t yet, come visit us on facebook, and bookmark our website–updates coming soon, courtesy of a fabulous new web designer (shout out to Matt!).
Our CDP news this week:
*Takin’ it to the top: We’re throwing down a delicious potluck and strategy session with a group of our Advisory Board members this Thursday–it’s the campaign version of taking the car to the shop. We expect the CDP engine to be in strong fighting condition, and we look forward to their wisdom and feedback for the next leg of our campaign…..
**Which we are planning to launch in early 2013! You’ve been asking us, “When are you going to start gathering signatures?” and we are excited to be working toward hitting the pavement in early 2013 to gather the signatures we need to get the Democratic Budgeting Program initiative on the ballot for November 2014. You’ll be hearing more from us about our plan to build and mobilize. We’ve signed up over 100 interested Oaklanders through our street outreach so far, and we’re on a roll.
***Hack the Budget app demonstration at Code for Oakland 2.0, this Thursday! We were part of a winning team of hackers, developers, and creative techies at Code for Oakland, and this Thursday, we’re being invited back to show off the prototype of the app we’ve been working on for almost 3 months. When it’s complete, the app will invite the public to interact with the budgets of city departments and programs, make their own suggestions, and engage with other users. Learn more about the event here (includes an early visualization of the app), and stay tuned for the public launch.
****More street team-ing this Saturday, noon-3 pm, to plant the seed of local democracy–RSVP if you want to join us!
*****And, we finally have a slogan: Community Democracy Project: Your city. Your budget. Imagine that.
We hope you like it. Get ready for business cards. We do mean business.
Until next week, and in solidarity,