The People's Budget Proposal
2021 People's Budget (FY 2022)
The People's Budget is organized by the People’s Budget LB Coalition
The People’s Budget campaign is led by Black Lives Matter Long Beach, Black Agency, the Housing Justice Coalition, the Language Access Coalition, the Invest in Youth Campaign, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Long Beach Gray Panthers, LA Voice, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE).
2021 Press Conference
Raise Your Voice
Protesters leave coffins on councilwoman’s lawn as city debates final budget (Long Beach Post, Sept 2020)
Here’s how the People’s Budget compares to Long Beach’s proposed 2021 budget (Press Telegram, Aug 2020)
People’s Budget coalition rallies in Long Beach (Press Telegram, July 2020)
LIVE Chat: The Long Beach People’s Budget (Long Beach Post, June 2020)
There’s one big difference between Long Beach’s draft budget and the ‘People’s Budget Proposal’ (Press Telegram, Aug 2018)
Community Organizations release first-ever 'people's budget,' rent-control opponents make surprise appearance (Press Telegram, July 2018)
A Look Back at 2020
Black Lives Matter LBC and community allies came together to release the FY 2021 “People’s Budget Proposal” and bring equity and justice to the Long Beach City budget. The City’s budget is a moral document that reflects our city’s values and priorities. Adopting the People’s Budget is more than just a shift in the way the City has done business-- it is a pathway to ending anti-Blackness and structural racism in the City, undoing historical disinvestment that has continued for generations, and moving us closer towards a Long Beach that is safe and healthy for all.
Why the People's Budget?
Since 2018, the People’s Budget campaign has forced conversations and action for equity and justice in the Long Beach city budget. Because Black, Latinx, Cambodian, Filipino, White, and other members of the community came together, Long Beach started reversing historic patterns of disinvesting in communities of color. From funding for language access, to a youth strategic plan, to universal legal representation for immigrants, the people have proven we know how to make our communities safe and healthy.
Today, we are at a critical juncture in our city’s history and our nation’s history. Amid a global pandemic and uprising, we are all bearing witness once again to systemic oppressions driven by racism, capitalism, and white supremacy. Whether it is police criminalizing and committing direct violence on Black bodies or greedy developers gentrifying our neighborhoods and displacing our neighbors, our communities have had enough. Now is the time for bold change that puts Black lives at the center and reduces harm in every way, prioritizes communities first, invests in real essential services, and reimagines community safety.
As a multicultural and multigenerational alliance, we are calling on Mayor Robert Garcia, all nine City Councilmembers, and City Manager Tom Modica to adopt the People’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Black Lives Matter, and all our communities cannot wait any longer.
Learn More about last year's (FY 2021) People's Budget
Now is the time to take action to pass the #PeoplesBudgetLB and #DefundLBPD. Explore and share the materials and recordings from our 2020 teach-in on the FY 2021 city budget below.
Rebalance the Budget Oversight Committee
The Budget Oversight Committee (BOC) is the City Council committee that oversees the annual City budget and makes recommendations to the full Council on how to spend and balance the City’s funds. Help us spread the word and secure representation for lower-income communities on the BOC by downloading our 1-pager here.