This isn’t just about us! We’re a small neighborhood… so we want you on the podcast! Feel free to get in touch with your ideas, feelings, or if you’d like to talk your head off on the podcast with us about any of these upcoming topics…
Nativism in Bay Ridge
The whole “I grew up here” argument is part of every neighborhood, and it’s often used to shut down argument, build up credibility, and otherwise shift the conversation for locals and elected officials alike. Does long-standing residency equate to authority and knowledge? Are we shutting down the conversations of younger residents, recent immigrants, and recent transplants? Does ‘putting down roots’ in a neighborhood have to come with home-ownership or a long rental history? Is it annoying how many former residents seem to still seem have undue influence in the neighborhood online and in the media?
Are there any issues you feel are ignored because lifelong residents shut you down, or intimidate you? Are you a lifelong resident who thinks that you have an institutional memory that isn’t being passed down, or going unregarded? Do people assume how long you’ve lived here based on your race, gender, ethnicity or identity? Did you just move here and do you already think you’ve put more volunteer time into Bay Ridge than someone who’s been here for years? Do you feel issues like rent, new home ownership, racism and social justice (to name a few) get short-changed in Bay Ridge and that Nativist tendencies help keep them down? Let us know! Give us ideas!
Gender and Constituency
While gender in politics itself is a massive, national issue, we’d like to focus down on the experiences of women as constituents within local politics, specifically during engagement with their elected officials. Marty Golden notoriously promoted ‘Etiquette Lessons’ for women as a way to improve their job prospects, but we’d like to hear stories about how local officials and their aides may have dismissed, talked-over, or mansplained to female constituents during meetings, phone calls, or informal chats. What obstacles do women have to overcome in order to be heard by their elected officials, and how does that affect what issues are considered important by city administrators? Are some issues ‘gendered’ more than others? Even further, what experiences do non-binary constituents face in gaining a voice? Does having to overcome these obstacles lead to more unproductive meetings, less representation, and worsening gaps in policy input from a broad spectrum of people? Share your ideas on how and what we should cover concerning this topic, we’d love your feedback!