49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 25, 2016. Alderman Joe Moore will host a special screening of the PBS documentary ‘Count Me In’ on Sunday, October 30th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., at the New 400 Theater, 6746 N. Sheridan in Chicago followed by a discussion of the film and the future of participatory budgeting. The event is free and open to the public.
At a time when voter frustration is mounting, there’s finally a good news story about money and voting:’Count Me In’ highlights an innovative experiment in direct democracy that gives ordinary Chicagoans direct say over local public projects and monies. Pioneered in Chicago, participatory budgeting is rapidly spreading across the country and even the White House recently made it one of its key recommendations for open government.
‘Count Me In’ tells the compelling stories of regular Chicagoans who are rolling up their sleeves to make an impact in their neighborhoods. The film shows residents pitch ideas for street repairs, bike lanes, or community gardens. Projects get researched, proposals crafted, and at the end, the entire community is invited to vote.
‘Count Me In’ is the first in-depth look at participatory budgeting that began in the 49th Ward.
Directed and produced by Ines Sommer, a Rogers Park-based documentary filmmaker (see photo below), ‘Count Me In,’ tells a rare good-news story about money and voting, tracking the efforts of regular Chicagoans who are rolling up their sleeves to make an impact in their neighborhoods.
‘Count Me In’ explores the ups and downs of participatory budgeting, offering an engaging, unvarnished look at what it will take to revitalize democracy from the ground up, not just in Chicago, but across the nation.
After the screening Alderman Moore will lead a panel discussion of the film including:
- Ines Sommer, Director and producer of ‘Count Me In’
- Cecilia Salinas, the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Liaison
- Sarah Lisy, Former Chair of the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee
- Chad Adams, Principal of Sullivan High School, who implemented one of the first student-run Participatory Budgeting processes
The trailer for ‘Count Me In’ can be viewed here.
For additional information, call Alderman Moore’s office at 773-338-5796 or email email@example.com.
Source: Alderman Joe Moore
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