Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Community budget activities and resources

  • Agency budget briefings:   A number of agencies including Child and Family Services Agency, Department of Mental Health and Department of Housing and Community Affairs will be briefing the community over the next few weeks.   The schedule is in an earlier blog post.
  • Advocacy training for adult education and literacy community:   Fair Budget Coalition is leading a free advocacy training for D.C. LEARNs members and participants April 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the D.C. LEARNs office.   The training is for those who want to learn more about writing testimony.   RSVP using this link.   Direct questions to Julie Way Silverman, MSW at (202) 331-0141 ext 24 or via email.
  • Winning the Budget: Dinner and Action Session:   This free event is being held April 12 at Bread for the City (1525 7th St NW -- between P and Q Sts and two 2 blocks from Shaw/Howard Metro station on the Green Line).   Dinner is at 5:30 pm and the Information and Action segments are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.   Child care will be provided upon request via email.   RSVP by contacting Joni Podschun, (202) 587-0524 or via email.

    Invite others to attend this exciting and important event using this Facebook invite or this flyer.

    The purpose of the meeting is to take action on the mayor's proposed budget that has some major drawbacks for low-income and vulnerable populations.   The Information and Action segments are comprised of a brief presentation and discussion on the DC budget basics, a campaign fishbowl and action break-out groups.   The break-out group format will be open like "unconferences" are.   This format provides space for people to propose whatever they want to work on and self-organize to get things done.   If you have a budget-related concern that needs constituent pressure and have the ability to continue to involve people in the fight through May, be in touch with Bread's Joni Podschun to talk about how to make the event work for you.   Contact Joni via email.

    Background on the event and the budget:

    Mayor Vince Gray’s proposed budget came out last week, and it’s not looking good. Two out of every three dollars cut from the budget come from programs that support DC residents struggling with poverty, even though these programs make up only one out of every four dollars in the entire budget. It doesn’t have to be this way. Join us next Tuesday evening to learn more about what’s in the city budget and what’s not, meet other people that care about these issues, and take action together.

    Event co-sponsors are Fair Budget Coalition, ONE DC, Continuum of Housing Campaign, Save Our Safety Net, Empower DC, and Bread for the City.

  • First Glance at Mayor’s Budget:   This post from the Continuum of Housing Campaign includes important public education and engagement events such as the May 3 "Housing for All Education and Advocacy Session" that is free and open to the public.   Attendees will discuss the importance of affordable housing for DC residents, and offer opportunities to take action to protect affordable housing programs in this year’s budget.
  • DC Advocates for the Arts' Arts Advocacy Day, April 27:   Community leaders will gather to speak out about what the District needs for the arts to thrive locally.   Registration is required and more information is available online.

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