BUILDING A HUMAN RIGHTS BUDGET: A PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING WORKSHOP
September 22-24, 2017 - Jackson, Mississippi
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and Cooperation Jackson are co-sponsoring a “Human Rights Budgeting Workshop,” taking place September 22-24 in Jackson, Mississippi.
With the rise of Cooperation Jackson and the election of radical Mayor Chowke Antar Lumumba Jr., the City of Jackson has become a unique site for experiments in racial justice and economic democracy in the heart of the southern United States. Seeking to build on Jackson as one of the few “human rights cities” in North America, this workshop seeks to engage citizens in the process of participatory budgeting and how it can be utilized to help with social issues facing the municipality and the city as a whole.
Building a Human Rights Budget
A Participatory Budgeting Workshop
Purpose: to build off our experiences with the city budget and the emerging vision of a participatory human rights budget in order to launch a process for implementing this vision in Jackson
Outcome: to walk away with some concrete ideas and commitments on the next steps to build towards a Jackson City budget grounded in human rights
Day 1: THE PROBLEM: Current City Budget
5:30 PM: Welcome
6:00 PM: Economic Democracy in Jackson: Roundtable and Community Conversation
7:30 PM: Community Dinner
DAY 2: SOLUTIONS: Participatory & Human Rights Budgeting
9:30am: Welcome & Purpose, Outcome, & Process (POP)
10:00 AM: What is Participatory Budgeting?
1:30pm: Introduction to a People’s Budget
2:00 PM: Video: Introduction to Human Rights Budgeting, followed by break-out groups
3:45pm: Budget Theater Festival
5:00pm: Closing Circle
DAY 3: ACTION: Scenarios for Transforming Jackson’s Budget
9:30am: Warm-up and brainstorm on ideas/scenarios for moving Jackson to a human rights budget
10 AM-12:30 PM: How to move Jackson to a human Rights Budget
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30 –3:00 PM: Next Steps and Commitments
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, an internationally operating, progressive non-profit institution for civic education funded by the German federal government. The Foundation’s New York Office opened in fall 2012. It serves two major tasks: to work on issues concerning the United Nations, including collaboration with people and political representatives from the Global South, and to work with U.S. and Canadian......
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