My name is Lily Kelly, and I’m proud new member of the Community Democracy Project and currently reporting from a small farm in rural Ireland – more on that later.

I’ve been interested in participatory budgeting as a concept ever since I first read about it in the excellent book “Envisioning Real Utopias.” I’m personally excited about the prospect of participatory budgeting because, in addition to giving citizens the opportunity to vote directly on the city’s budget allocations, it has the potential to achieve two things that I think are desperately important to the democratic process. First, it requires that the City Council take an active role in engaging citizens in their decision making process, which is by itself a fairly revolutionary change. Second, it provides an opportunity for the citizens themselves to learn about how their city works – what agencies exist and what they do, the amounts of money needed to achieve certain key tasks for Oakland, and many other aspects of the city administration. Both citizen education and active engagement by our representatives are crucial to a well-informed and accurately rep
resented populace.

A little more about me – I’m an NGO program manager by trade, but I’m currently taking a break from desk work by WWOOFing on a farm in Ireland for two months. Instead of working on the administrative side of change-making, I’m now helping create a self-sustaining farmhold by planting produce, feeding, watering, and herding goats, caring for chickens, and cooking meals for the household from fresh produce grown on the farm. It’s a welcome change from my usual work, but I’m excited to return in May to the world of activism in Oakland, including continuing to support CDP’s efforts to pass a measure to create participatory budgeting in our wonderful city.

See you soon!

Join Us

Every Sunday The Community Democracy Project holds a community conversation and strategy meeting.
Where: Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck 
When: Sunday, March 20th @ 6:30pm

Today’s Community Conversation is:
Activating Facilitators vs Leaders: A Community Conversation with Jawanza!
Jawanza will be lending his facilitation skills to help go over the fundamental differences of facilitating groups versus leading groups. He will be framing this conversation around the anticipation of the facilitators of the neighborhood assemblies.

Get Involved

Join CDP for Happy Hour and Text Banking 
Where: Double Standard 2424 Telegraph Ave
When: Wednesday, March 30th @6pm

We’re always reaching out to our supporters while having a good time. Grab a drink, hangout, spread radical seeds of democracy, and it’s only a Thursday!

CDP Joins the Oakland Justice Coalition

CDP is now a member of the Oakland Justice Coalition (OJC). The OJC is a group of organizations and individuals who have come together in order to advance radical change through electoral politics. The OJC is currently running three petition campaigns in Oakland around Rent Control, Civilian Police Commission, and Living Wage. It has also created a pledge that any candidates who want to be endorsed by the coalition must sign. That pledge includes support of the participatory budgeting being fought for by CDP.

New Members!

Please welcome our newest members Ark and Mangeles…
…Angelark and Markeles?

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In solidarity,
Kit and CDP Team

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