Community Democracy Project to Open Entire City Budget

Interview with Sonya Rifkin, co-director and co-founder of the Community Democracy Project about the Community Democracy Project’s plan, a participatory budgeting initiative to amend the city charter, which would go on the city ballot for the Nov 2014 election. It would create a direct democratic process for Oakland voters to be directly engaged in decisions around the budget. The platform for decisions and organizing is called the Neighborhood Assembly, which is a forum for education and engagement with the issues. It also allows residents and community organizations to interface with city staff and department representatives.