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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.

PROGRAM

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?

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Introduction to a People’s Budget

2:00 PM: Video: Introduction to Human Rights Budgeting, followed by break-out groups

3:30pm: Break

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

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