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Building People-Powered Budgets:

An Organizer's Roundtable on 2021 City Budget Campaigns

As the influx of federal relief money flows to our cities, the fight to build equitable budgets that truly meet our communities’ needs is a fight to define the futures of our cities. During this event, we heard from a powerful panel of leaders from PowerSwitch Action’s national network and partners speak on the transformational power of reclaiming public money for public goods that benefit all people and build racial and gender justice in our communities.


Liana Molina is the Senior Campaign Director with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, a PowerSwitch Action Affiliate.

jean-huy tran is based in San Diego and is an Organizer with the Center on Policy Initiatives, a PowerSwitch Action Affiliate.

Kennedy Bartley is based in Chicago and is the Legislative Director with United Working Families, a partner of our Chicago affiliate, Grassroots Collaborative.

Arielle Klagsbrun is based in Philadelphia and is the Deputy Director of Tax the Rich Philadelphia at the Action Center for Race and the Economy.


Moderated by: Edgar Beltrán, Senior Campaign Lead, PowerSwitch Action

Hosted by: PowerSwitch Action and The Forge