Human Rights Budgeting Assembly
The City of Jackson has never had a budget produced through an open process that allows for the people to have a direct impact in prioritizing and directing budget needs and spending. And as a result, the city’s budget has always reflected and perpetuated the inequality and inequity that exists in our city and society as a whole. In 2013 Mayor Chokwe Lumumba pledged to institute the city’s first human rights budgeting process during the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year as a part of his commitment to institute the core components of the Jackson-Kush Plan.
Unfortunately, with Mayor Lumumba’s passing that process did not take place. In 2017 Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba pledged that his administration would be the first in Jackson’s history to institute a participatory budgeting process as a part of his campaign commitment to fulfill the vision of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. We applaud Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba for making this commitment that will fulfill this component of the Jackson-Kush Plan and the People’s Platform. Cooperation Jackson and the Jackson Human Rights Institute aims to help his administration fulfill this pledge.
In this spirit, we ask you to join us Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 1 pm at the Masonic Temple located at 1072 John R. Lynch Street to participate in a Transition Assembly that will address how to introduce human rights budgeting, which is a more justice-focused and -centered version of participatory budgeting, to the City of Jackson. Our aim is to launch a broad community-driven campaign that will influence and impact the participatory budgeting process that the Mayor has pledged to implement. We intend to thoroughly educate ourselves, our community and our elected officials on how human rights budgeting works and how to implement it effectively. We firmly believe this will help eliminate the inequities that exist in our city and foster a people-driven development process that will truly help make Jackson a Transition City.
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What is the Human Rights Budgeting Assembly?
The Human Rights Budgeting Assembly is part of the Transition Assembly series organized by the Jackson Human Rights Institute (JHRI) and Cooperation Jackson (CJ). Transition Assemblies are intended to be vehicles of public education, participatory democracy, and community empowerment. These Assemblies are part of a community organizing effort to make Jackson a Transition City (see graphic)—a city that is about becoming an oasis of human rights, cooperative economics, local-based production through digital fabrication, quality green jobs and sustainability to produce a more quality standard of living for all of the city’s residents.
Join us Saturday, January 20th for a Human Rights Budgeting Assembly. Human Rights Budgeting is a method of direct democracy that enables residents of a municipality to directly decide how public funds are generated and allocated. Human Rights Budgeting, as a method of participatory budgeting, focuses on government accountability, equity and inclusion in public spending, and the promotion of fundamental economic and social rights.
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1 PM to 5 PM
Where: M. W. Stringer Grand Lodge Masonic Temple, 1072 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson