Fair Budget Coalition creates programs that provide the space and opportunity to elicit policy suggestions directly from impacted Black and other community members of color. The goal is to elevate their voices within conversations in which their fate is decided but they are often further marginalized.
Ultimately, FBC intends for its annual Budget Report to be composed of recommendations directly from impacted community members by engaging and empowering constituents throughout the process. This will give greater value to the recommendations that FBC makes.
We hope that through involvement within the coalition, Members can have an impact on pushing the larger advocacy community as a whole to be more accountable to the communities we often claim we represent.
We seek to shift the power imbalance between white, paid advocates and low-income Black and other people of color whose voices are often excluded or tokenized within these spaces.
These goals will be realized when community members are represented in all stages of advocacy—from inception of policy asks to lobbying and testifying to community actions.
Our decision-making rubric seeks to institutionalize the relationship FBC wants to have with impacted community members.
It also aims to serve as a commitment to deconstructing the racist policies that continue to prioritize wealth and whiteness at the expense of low-income communities of color.