Participatory Budgeting in the Media


October 3, 2022 - $30M Seattle participatory budgeting effort gears up with staff, workgroups, and a steering committee, CHS Blog

April 18, 2022 - What if public funds were controlled by the public?, The New York Times

April 11, 2022 - Participatory Budgeting gets underwayConverge Media

April 8, 2022 - With only one org stepping forward, Seattle selects administrator for $30M participatory budgeting process born out of 2020 protests, CHS Blog

February 15, 2022 - Just one group applies to lead Participatory BudgetingPublicola


June 2, 2021 - Office of Civil Rights to move forward on shaping Participatory Budgeting in Seattle, CHS Blog

May 26, 2021 - The Morning Update Show interview with SOCR Director Lockhart and DON Director Andres Mantilla, Converge Media 

May 25, 2021 - Seattle, King County wrestle with promises for change that politicians made after George Floyd's murderThe Seattle Times

May 14, 2021 - Participatory budgeting 'clearly delayed until next year', South Seattle Emerald

May 10, 2021 - Tensions rise as Seattle City Hall seeks alternatives to police, Crosscut

March 31, 2021 - Mayor's Office lays out options for $30 million participatory budgeting programSCC Insight 

February 26, 2021 - After a year of protest, Seattle ready for next steps as Black Brilliance Research Project report sets path for new participatory budget effortCapitol Hill Seattle Blog

January 28, 2021 - Seattle cut its police budget. Now the public will decide how to spend the money., The Appeal


December 3, 2020 - Catching up with the Mayor's task force and the Black Brilliance Research Project, SCC Insight 

September 28, 2020 - Seattle coalition launches public-safety research project as Mayor Durkan prepares to unveil budget, The Seattle Times

August 24, 2020 - What is participatory budgeting and how could it shape the city's approach to public safety?South Seattle Emerald

August 14, 2020 - King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle coalitions direct new demand to Durkan, South Seattle Emerald 

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