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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

Bringing a 'People's Budget' to Oakland

Shawn McDougal
Shawn McDougal
Shawn McDougal

Community organizer Shawn McDougal is a member of Oakland’s Community Democracy Project. He and his team are on a mission to give residents a say on how their city’s budget is spent. The effort began eleven years ago. There were some previous attempts to get a “People’s Budget” on the local ballot- those efforts came up short. But this year’s campaign seems to be making some progress in reaching its goal of 32,000 signatures.

Recently, Shawn McDougal spoke with KALW’s news editor Sunni Khalid about the campaign and what the realization of a “People’s Budget” could mean for Oakland and beyond.

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Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.