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.
Subscribe to Noah’s Youtube Channel to see and learn more about Noah’s identity journey and transition as a female to male (FTM) transgender man.
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**
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.
We love having youth in the station! This week we had 7 young people and leaders from The Youth Conservation Corp of the Trustees (YCC). Abigail (Crew Supervisor, American University, 19, West Roxbury), Gabriela (Crew Supervisor, UMASS Boston, 22), Julliet (15), Celine (16), Carla (16), Amanda (17), and Sandra (17) are all from East Boston and are part of the YCC’s East Boston Coastal Resilience Crew. They talked to What’s Up Eastie about climate change, environmental stewardship, climate justice, and what it means to get involved in their community.
If you’re SuccessLink approved but don’t have a summer job yet, reach out to Gabriela and Abigail ASAP: Email Gabriela at firstname.lastname@example.org
YCC has an action coming up:
Come out and support YCC in East Boston at their action this coming Monday, July 30th, 2018 @ American Legion Park (City Yards): Falcon and Condor Street.
Follow YCC on social media and stay connected to their actions and events:
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 “Jesús” 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.
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:
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.
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This is an important episode!!! Jordan Frias (Journalist, Boston Herald & Spare Change News), Carlos Gabriel, and Wilson Ortega (Immigrant Rights Organizers, Movimento Cosecha) come back to What’s Up Eastie? to discuss Cosecha’s most recent action against ICE and advocating for corporate disinvestment from ICE. We also discuss the importance of community action, as well as how climate change is affecting the process of seeking asylum.
Listen and Take Action!
Get in contact, find out how to get involved, and stay connected to Cosecha the following ways:
On today’s show Morgan Augillard (Zumix & WUE Summer Intern) will be taking on the host duties! Morgan will be talking with Christine Poff (Director of Community Preservation, City of Boston), who’s returned to What’s Up Eastie to discuss the status of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), the pilot program that started this past spring, and next round of funding coming in the fall. Joining Christine are Mike Scanlon (CPA Recipient, Emmanuel Church), and Sidra Fatima (Urban Planning Fellow with CPA, City of Boston), who will also discuss the process of the program.
Got a community based project you think could fit CPA funding perimeters? Reach out to Christine and her team with questions or to schedule a meeting!
The application for the next round of CPA funding will be up August 15, 2018, but the mandatoryeligibility form is already live here and is due Friday,September 14, 2018. The final application is due Friday, September 28, 2018.