FOR participatory budgeting
We have prepared the report of the national conference FOR participatory budgeting, which took place in September 2021. The report serves as a handbook for municipalities implementing or wishing to implement participatory budgeting. On more than thirty pages, it contains useful guidelines, examples of good practice and concrete data that come in handy when implementing this democratic way of co-decision-making regarding the use of public funds.
The voice of the people
We are one of many civil society and non-governmental organizations that are behind the Voice of the People initiative. The initiative aims to articulate 100 public demands for the political parties that intend to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections to take a stance on. The voice of the people comes as a response to the low trust that people have in politics, to its emptiness in terms of content and the vulgar assertion of particular rather than public interests by many politicians. Because we deserve better.
When the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Vizjak, was confronted with recordings of his inappropriate statements about the stupidity of paying taxes from the time he was Minister of the Economy, he responded by saying that the one who is without sin should first cast a stone at him. We dived deep inside our souls, we pondered thoroughly and made our confessions – and despite our best efforts we simply couldn’t find ourselves guilty of any similar machinations. Therefore, in order to help knock down the minister’s chair, we organized a massive online metaphorical stoning of his political persona. Since then, almost 50,000 stones have been cast.
Less than fair
On a cold December evening, social networks were flooded with outraged posts reacting to a memo from Hofer banning homeless people from selling their newspaper in front of its outlets. In doing so, they communicated to an already vulnerable social group that they are unwanted and should become invisible – just to provide their customers a holiday shopping experience without any bad conscience. We strongly oppose this kind of segregation, so called on the public to boycott Hofer and help the homeless.