The first additional “BoogieDowner blogger” is a precocious young Latina born and raised in the Bronx. Her name is Desiree. An award wining playwright, she is a success story of a mixed NYC public and private school education and her mother that raised her. After attending PS31 for kindergarten, she attended Trevor Day School in Manhattan and then entered Bronx High School of Science in the ninth grade. She is currently a second semester freshman at Bard Early College at Simon's Rock. She is majoring in Political Science and Economics, however her favorite class is Chinese language. I am sure she will make waves of her own as she matures. I am also certain that she will one day do great things for the Bronx. She will be handling much of the youth related issues, however her first post relates to her major of Political Science. It is with great pride that I introduce one of the stellar youth of our borough as a member of the BoogieDowner team. Please read her post below and view this great video sent by one of our readers. The only issue I have with the rap commentary is the rapper wearing a Red Sox cap during segments of the video. Please do forgive him for this and enjoy his commentary regardless.
First Post by additional Boogiedowner Blogger; Desiree
Below is the first hip hop video made at the Madison, Wisconsin demonstrations. Based on the information I currently have, they are protesting a proposal by the new Republican governor, Scott Walker, that disables much of the bargaining power of the Wisconsin public employee unions and simultaneously imposes pay cuts on state workers by rerouting more of their paychecks towards health care and pension plans.
Although no one has been arrested yet, tension is high at the capitol as supporters flood in. At last check the demonstrators numbered over 70,000. This protest will affect us all, including here in the Bronx. It is an exemplary display of democracy in action. People need to continue to peacefully demonstrate for lasting reform and exercise their rights as American citizens to have a say in their governance.
All the best to those in Wisconsin. You are not alone.