Exploring Local Politics

I went to two supposedly top private schools, Spence and Dalton, for middle school and high school, respectively, and for all the pep talks they give you about how you can make a difference in the world, they never tell you specifically how easy it is to go to these local meetings, which are open to the public, and voice your opinion.

Tonight, the discussion was to narrow down possible locations for a green market on The Upper East Side. At the March meeting there will be a deciding vote- I’m not sure if I can vote yet- I think I need to register first as a public member of the committee or board first.

Unfortunately, since it was my first time at one of these meetings I was a little camera-shy (like gunshy- as in shy to TAKE pictures, not be in them) but I did manage to take two.

Left to right: Glenn McAnanama (moderator of Upper Green Side on Meetup.com), City Councilmember Jessica Lappin.

I only got up the nerve to take a picture with no flash after the meeting ended. Obviously I asked permission to take the previous photograph. Continue reading “Exploring Local Politics”

Event- Discussion: Greenmarkets for the Upper East Side – Community Board 8 Street Fairs Committe, February 23, 2006, 7:30pm @ NY Blood Center.

Sent to me from Glenn McAnanama

Discussion: Greenmarkets for the Upper East Side
Community Board 8 Street Fairs Committee
February 23, 2006, 7:30pm
NY Blood Center
310 East 67th St. (Bet. 1st/2nd Ave.)
Conference Room #1
Help bring a green market to your neighborhood.

Green markets bring fresh, locally grown food directly from the farmers without middlemen.

Why Support Local Food?
1. Locally grown food tastes better and is better for you because they use less preservatives.
2. Local food preserves genetic diversity and is usually free of genetic modification.
3. Local food supports local farm families and preserves open space.
4. Less distance = Less Fossil Fuels = Less Dependence on Foreign Oil.


Trying to Understand Republicans

This is my investigation into why Republicans are Republican.┬áSince most people I know, and therefore, for now, most of the readers of this zine, will be ultra-liberal, even Socialist (yes, even one Communist), it seems fruitless to write some Bush-bashing piece that would preach to the choir. And since most of us are actually baffled by Republicans, I decided to lift some of the veils of mystery and get some honest answers as to why someone would be a Republican and/or support Bush. Just for a start, I have interviewed two highly-educated Republicans who by coincidence happen to both be Harvard graduates from the Upper East Side. (They dont know each other.) However, they have very different reasons for belonging to their party. Let’s see what their beliefs and opinions are on a few current issues.

Republican A:

1. What is your profession?

Hedge funds/finance

Continue reading “Trying to Understand Republicans”