The Community Democracy Project is a grassroots organization that is working on an initiative campaign to create "participatory budgeting" in Oakland--a way for people to have a direct say in the way our tax dollars are spent, and to develop direct democracy.
We are a diverse band of leaders connected and committed to Oakland in different ways, who bring a variety of skill sets and perspectives to our project. We are looking for more people like us. We’ve already begun stirring up excitement among community members and leaders, and we’re hearing folks loud and clear: the time for a new vision and reality is now.
If you want to help bring this work to fruition, we want to meet you! Join the growing coalition ready to take the next step for Oakland and for democracy—join us to say LOCAL PEOPLE, LOCAL RESOURCES, LOCAL POWER!
The Community Democracy Project promotes active citizenship, community learning, and direct democracy by putting the people in charge of the budget. Our voter initiative will change the Oakland City Charter so that we the people decide how our tax money is spent. There will be empowered neighborhood assemblies throughout the city where people can come together to discuss community issues and determine public priorities by directly voting on the city budget. The time has come for public decision-making to include the voices of all.