East Boston from an Outsiders Perspective

38824942_239907729996578_4107517051843641344_nHey Listeners! It’s me, Morgan (pictures here ūüôā )! I had an incredible time working with Kannan and¬†What’s Up Eastie?¬† this summer as a Zumix Intern. In this episode, Kannan interviews me about my time in East Boston, my thoughts as an outsider, and allows me to talk about all the ways East Boston is forever imprinted to on my heart. Can’t wait to come visit East Boston again soon.

In the mean time, KEEP LISTENING TO WHAT’S UP EASTIE!

Youth and Political Engagement

Jon Cohn¬†(Managing Editor of the Great Transition Initiative, Tellus Institute) joins¬†What’s Up Eastie?¬†to discuss the current political scene locally, on the state level, and federally, particularly with the big primary election coming up September 4, 2018. Some youth crew members with¬†The Trustees Youth Conversation Corp. (YCC),¬†Gabriela, Julliet, and¬†Carla, are also joining us to discuss the work they’ve done this summer, and to share their political perspectives as young people.

Listen here and get out and VOTE Sept 4th and in November!!


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Youth Speak on Immigration

Valeria Do Vale (Lead Coordinator, Student Immigration Movement (SIM)) dropped by¬†What’s Up Eastie?¬†to discuss what it’s like to tackle the issue of immigration in this country as a student. Do undocumented students face different challenges from other undocumented folks? Listen to hear Valeria share her story, and the importance of the work SIM is doing to progress the movement.

Listen and Join the Movement:


Connect with Valeria and SIM through social media:

Also check out United We Dream for more information about the immigration fight and other ways to get involved as a student.

POC LGBTQ+ Identity and Community Issues

Wow! That’s a lot of acronyms! To break it down: today on the show we’re talking about¬†People¬†Of¬†Color in the¬†Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer+¬†and discussing intersection identity life. Behind the mic, we have Saphire Broxton (Afro-Latina, Bi-sexual, Communications Intern, ZUMIX and freshman at Hamilton College),¬†Noah Toledo¬†(Latinx, transgender writer and recent graduate from Harvard with a Masters in creative writing), and¬†What’s Up Eastie¬†co-host,¬†Morgan Augillard (black, queer, graduate student at MIT). This interview covers a lot of ground from coming out, identity, community, politics, to finding your tribe and resources for LGBTQ+ folks.

Give us a listen:


There’s a primary coming up September 4, 2018 where Boston residents can vote on a bill concerning protections for transgender folks. It’s important to VOTE YES on Ballot #3 if you’re in favor of protecting trans folks and their basic human rights. If you’re a U.S. citizen, over 18, and have a valid ID, get registered to vote here by¬†August 15, 2018!!!

On today’s show Noah, Saphire, and Morgan mentioned some of the resources that helped (and to continue to help) them on their identity journey. Keep scrolling to see some of their favorites.

Noah’s Recommendations

Saphire’s Recommendations

Morgan’s Recommendations

LGBTQ+ Community and East Boston

Matthew Barison¬†(Lawyer; Chair, Harbor View Neighborhood Association) and¬†John (Vegan Chef and Winthrop resident) joined¬†What’s Up Eastie¬†to talk about the LGBTQ+ community, and how their fairing in today’s political climate. They discuss what life is like in Eastie being part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as in the world at large.

**thanks to ZUMIX’s Rene for translation assistance**

Listen here:


There’s a primary coming up September 4, 2018 where Boston residents can vote on a bill concerning protections for transgender folks. It’s important to VOTE YES on Ballot #3 if you’re in favor of protecting trans folks and their basic human rights.

If you’re interesting in meeting other LGBTQ+ folks in Eastie, join the Facebook Group: Eastie Gays.

Civic Engagement in East Boston

Why aren’t Latinx folks at East Boston city meetings?!? This is the big question we try to unpack in today’s show. We’re joined by¬†Claudia Sierra (Co-Founder, East Boston Merchant Association) and¬†Gabriela Cartagena¬†(East Boston Coastal Resilience Crew Youth Supervisor, Youth Conversation Corp), plus two folks from the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS),¬†Alexandra Valdez¬†(Latino Liaison At-Large to the Mayor) &¬†Jose “Jes√ļs” Garcia-Mota¬†(East Boston Neighborhood Liaison to the Mayor), to talk about this issues and ways to engage the various demographics living in East Boston.

Listen Here:


Follow this link to sign up for the City of Boston newsletter and stay connected to what the city is doing and upcoming meetings.

HAVE A QUESTION RELEVANT TO THE LATINX OR JP COMMUNITY?!? CONNECT WITH ALEXANDRA AND THE ONS:

FOLLOW GABY AND YCC ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO STAY CONNECTED TO THEIR ACTIONS AND EVENTS:

HAVE EAST BOSTON RELEVANT COMMENTS OR CONCERNS?! CONNECT WITH JOSE AND THE ONS:

Climate Action

On today’s show we talk about how climate change affects different communities and the ways we can be more prepared for climate change affects as a coastal community. Thanks to¬†Grady McGonagill¬†(Founder, Elders Climate Action Massachusetts), Magdalena Ayed (Director, The Harborkeepers), Lt. Brandon Aten¬†(Incident Management Division Chief), and Omar Borges¬†(Chief Warrant Officer), both of the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast, for coming on¬†What’s Up Eastie¬†for a great conversation.

Listen here:


Connect with our guest through the following channels:

Here’s a list of the other organization work around climate action mentioned in today’s show: