BWP Proposal Creation 2022
Created on June 1, 2022
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The Bronx Wide Plan Coalition forms in 2019 around the need for a vision and plan for equitable economic development that is ambitious, coordinated, and long-term.
We started with community discussions on our values that would lead the way in our work for economic democracy—shared wealth, and community ownership.
Local residents and 24 organizations then endorsed the Bronx-Wide Platform which proposed policy solutions on a Federal Level.
In 2022, the coalition began the process of proposal gathering for the Bronx-Wide Plan. This includes the use of a consensus-building tool where people can give feedback on existing proposals and add new ones. Proposals either Grow and Transform existing projects in the Bronx or Create new projects that don’t already exist.
JUNE 18 - SEPTEMBER 5
The gathering of economic development proposals begins.
SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 31
The forum opens to the entire Bronx for voting, discussion, and feedback on the collected economic development proposals.
In 2022, the Bronx-Wide Coalition created a NYS Agenda with policy and sectoral priorities to inform our electoral work.
In 2021, The Bronx-Wide Coalition unveils the city-level platform—The Bronx People’s Platform for NYC. We hosted community engagement sessions to hear from community members about what their solutions are for systemic change. We worked with delegates from participating organizations to finalize the policy priorities.
Our strategy for creating community control includes plans within 7 Bronx sectoral opportunities.
- Housing & Land Use
- Energy & Environment
- Manufacturing & Technology
- Education & Workforce
- Transportation & Mobility
The Bronx-Wide Plan will be finalized in 2023. It will include proposals for building community ownership and control in the Bronx within our seven sectors. The plan will be reinforced with a policy playbook in which we outline policies that will contribute to economic democracy and systemic change in the Bronx. The Bronx-Wide Coalition will organize to have our plan implemented and funded by local and state governments.
Our aim is to build a regional and democratic economy that centers these values:
Economic Democracy is a system where people share ownership and decision making over the power and resources in their communities. We use economic Democracy as a framework from which to address poverty and inequality.
Addressing Injustice on a Systemic Level
Rather than responding to individual issues, we must focus on the root causes of inequalities and work towards transforming systems.
Given the historic disinvestment in communities of color, we must have a clear racial justice lens that puts people of color at the center
All voices are important across generations. Therefore, we will be inclusive of youth voices and other voices that might be missing from our spaces.
Gender Justice Lens
Everyone has valuable contributions regardless of their gender identity, and we must center the voices of women and gender noncomforming people that have often been left on the margins.
Environmental Sustainability Lens
Taking care of the Earth is essential for the survival of all humanity, and because communities of color are most impacted by climate change, we must embed environmental sustainability within our solutions and strategies.
Go to http://Bronx.consider.it
Think of the proposal sourcing process as a time window to ask the following questions about your own idea:
[How] does the proposal GROW or EXPAND something that already exists in the Bronx?
[How] does the proposal TRANSFORM or CHANGE something that may exist in the Bronx, but could be IMPROVED?
[How] does the proposal CREATE something NEW that doesn’t exist in the Bronx?
[How] does the proposal align to our values?
[How] does the proposal generate revenues?
[How] does the proposal share ownership and decision making?
[How] does the proposal have a Bronxwide impact; OR at least an impact for more than a few dozen or few hundred people?