Welcome to What’s Up Eastie!!! a Zumix Radio show about local, East Boston issues. On this show we talk about the local context, then zoom out to take a big picture view. Local youth, residents, activists, and politicians stop by the show to break down the issues so please listen in…
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It’s an F-. And We Bostonians should be ashamed of it.
What a dismal turnout for a municipal election! 16.5%?! Is democracy slowly dying? Are the people in power actually more comfortable with a smaller engaged population? Isn’t their work less that way? Can we claim “Bostonians have spoken” when 83.5% of the registered voters didn’t vote? Is increasing voter turnout even on anyone’s agenda? Not sure it is — so where is this trend going? Are fewer and fewer people going to decide who and how all of us are governed?
If people don’t want to vote, you can’t force them.
Why don’t they? Also, is everyone who wants to vote voting?
Candidates are not exciting.
You’re not going to date them.
Campaigns don’t bother to reach out to all people.
Did you bother to reach out to the candidates? It is a democracy.
Results are already known. Nothing changes anyway.
How can regular people have more of a say in city government? Should youth play a role, too? At what age should voting begin? What, besides affordability, does public transportation need? How much of the newly built housing should be affordable?
Listen to Council At Large candidate Julia Mejia address these questions, and more.
“Are you going to community meetings? Are you going to school committee meetings? Don’t let anyone tell you your voice is less important. Youth engagement leads social change.” – City Council at large Candidate Alejandra St. Guillen
What is Alejandra St. Guillen‘s take on the city council‘s work ahead for the City of Boston? As a candidate for the city council at large position, what will she bring to the table? Listen to the candidate herself. The interviewers are Frank O’Brien of the Allandale Foundation and Kannan Thiruvengadam, host of What’s up Eastie?