The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment
Why do people rely on “Public Comment”?
Because they are locked out of policy-making !
A form of silencing of the people
The rules of council need to be changed so that:
1. those who will be affected by a policy get to participate in writing and deciding the policy
2. the council stops silencing people with its procedures.
Come to a meeting!
Thursday, January 30, at 5:30 pm
We will be discussing how the many social justice movements can come together and modify Council procedures so that this city gets moved toward being a democracy.
� Greater respect for the people and dialogue with Council
� An ability for people to modify the order of agenda items
� Greater time to speak
� An ability to stop Council from hiding issues in the Consent Calendar
These are only immediate steps. Next steps will be aimed at including those who will be affected by a policy in the making of that policy.