Youth + Environmental Engagement

20180725_123913We 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.

Listen here:

If you’re SuccessLink approved but don’t have a summer job yet, reach out to Gabriela and Abigail ASAP:  Email Gabriela at

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:


P.S. WhatsUpEastie has a Soundcloud now: Check out this episode there and look for more shows and playlists to come!

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 “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.

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.




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:

Immigration: The Current State of Things

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:

  • Facebook: @cosechaboston
  • Twitter: @CosechaMovement
  • Email:
  • Text: RESISTE to 41411
  • Address: 2 Chelsea St, Boston, MA

Here’s a list of the action sponsors and other references made in today’s show:

News articles mentioned in the show:


Update: Community Preservation Act

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.

Listen here:

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 mandatory eligibility form is already live here and is due Friday, September 14, 2018. The final application is due Friday, September 28, 2018. 

Anniversary Episode: A Walk Down Memory Lane with the Hurdy-Gurdy

It’s been a year! What’s Up Eastie? is 1 year old and it felt fitting to celebrate with amazing musical accompaniment to our great conversation. Donald and Anicet Heller played the hurdy-gurdy for us, while Nick and Marie Diogardi, lifelong East Boston residents, reminisce about the old neighborhood as they will be relocating soon due to displacement.

Listen to the lively show here:


Here are some more photos of the beautiful hurdy-gurdy and Nick and Marie at their East Boston home:

Civic Engagement: A Conversation with the East Boston Neighborhood Liaison

joseToday we’re joined by Jose Jesús Garcia-Mota (East Boston Neighborhood Liaison to the Mayor, Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), City of Boston). Jose talks with us about how locals can connect to the city, the power of 311, and the ways his office (and the city) are coping with a changing East Boston. 

Listen Here:

Here is how you can connect with Jose and the ONS:

Have you been on 311’s website? Did you know you can check the status of your request there, and see other complaints/concerns raised in your neighborhood? Click here for more info. Also, 311 has an app!

You can also tweet your request to 311 @BOS311

Click here to see the schedule of upcoming Mayor’s Coffee Chats Jose mentioned. They’re happening all over the city.