Candidate Interview: Lydia Edwards

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Aug 10, 2017

Guest: Lydia Edwards, Candidate for City Council District 1

Show: What’s up, Eastie?

Host: Kannan Thiruvengadam

Station: Zumix Radio

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Source: Spencer Grant, 1944

Traffic, traffic, traffic! At times, everywhere we look and every time we get in our cars to go anywhere in Boston, there’s traffic! Local transportation activist, Chris Marchi, joins the show today to the history of traffic in Boston and what we can do about it now.

Take a listen:



Inequality & The Power of Narrative

What is inequality? What are the different forms it takes? How does it affect me and my family on a daily basis? We’re joined today by Jessicah Pierre (Inequality Media Specialist) and Chuck Collins (Author & Program Director) of the Institute for Policy Studies to attempt to tackle some of topics and discuss the ways that personal narrative can begin to tackle some of these questions.

Listen Here:

Check out Chuck’s book about being born with privilege and the wealth inequality in America:

Born on Third Base

What’s With All the Trash?


Today’s hot topic is TRASH! Why do we see trash around the neighborhoods in East Boston? How can we get involved to correct this problem? We’re joined by Magdalena Ayed (Harborkeepers) and Paul Rogers, an East Boston local resident, to talk about just that. Listen today and learn how we can clean up our acts and clean up East Boston in the process!

Here’s how you can get involved with waterside and neighborhood clean ups:

Enjoy the musical styling of a familiar trash loving puppet:

El Salvadorian East Boston Youth Speak on Immigration


We’ve spoke about immigration on this show in the past, but today we’re putting voices to the facts, figures, myths, and discussions. Today we’re highlighting local youth voices to illustrate the topic of immigration in a new way. We’re joined by Myra and Victoria, local youth who have graciously chosen to share their stories with What’s Up Eastie and all the listeners. They’ll speak about the context of where they came from, as well as what their lives are like here, in East Boston. We’re also joined by Tress Janati and Alba Oliver, organizers and youth coordinators with the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC).

Check it out:

Climate Change

Welcome to the show! Have you ever felt like the climate change conversation is too complicated? Or you don’t understand how it’s affecting  East Boston? Don’t worry you’re not alone; climate change is a complex issue. Today we’re joined by Nasser Brahim, Senior Climate Change Planner at Kleinfelder, to understand more about what’s happening in our environment. Listen, learn, and check out the links below for more information.

Here are the links and references mentioned in today’s show:

Immigration Law


We don’t have to tell East Bostonians that immigration is a hot button issue. On today’s show we take a deep dive into immigration and immigration law with our guest Matt Cameron, an immigration attorney at Cameron Law Offices right here in East Boston. Listen and learn more about the immigration process; you may also find that a few immigration myths and mis-facts about undocumented people are dispelled along the way.

Get connected to Matt and the attorneys at the Cameron Law Offices through the link above, and through the following channels:

  • Cameron Law Offices: (617) 567- 0508
  • Facebook: Matt Cameron

If youth are looking to get involved with immigration issues, check out Student Immigration Movement (SIM).

Also check out the book, Guarding the Golden Door, that Matt recommends as a great grounding in American immigration law and history.