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A Community-Led Recovery Panel on Building Trust, Growing Democracy, Centering Equity

Trust is the bedrock of a healthy democracy. In recent years, we have seen this connective tissue erode in a sea of divisive politics, social and economic upheaval, 24/7 sensationalist news, and real attacks on voting rights. Yet, as much as these forces have worked to divide us, we share so much more in common.
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Community-Led Recovery: How Youth Lead the Way

Over the last several months, the Democracy Beyond Elections coalition has provided funding and programmatic support to 11 organizations using participatory democracy practices, like participatory budgeting, to distribute ARPA funds in their community. Participatory budgeting (PB) can help ensure that community members most impacted by COVID-19, especially youth, have a direct say in where their resources go.
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Communities Use Participatory Budgeting to Allocate ARPA Funds: A Case Study in Participatory Democracy

New York, NY – Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) to support our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds present a historic opportunity to not only build back our communities and economy, but also to address the deeply embedded inequities related to access and voice in our democracy.
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