Bourbon 'n BrownTown

Ep. 47 - Electoral & Radical Politics 2.0 ft. Alderwoman Maria Hadden

Episode Summary

BrownTown listens, learns, and again converses about electoral and radical politics with sitting 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden of Chicago. With a changing political landscape on the local, national, and global level, Maria and BrownTown discuss how and why Left and/or "progressive" policies are gaining more mainstream appeal, how movements are shaping platforms, and how to push elected officials to embrace a radical imagination for a more equitable future.

Episode Notes

GUEST
Maria Hadden is the Alderwoman of the 49th Ward of Chicago. Maria is one of the first Black Aldermen on the North Side of the city as well as the first openly gay women of color on Chicago's City Council. In addition to the Progressive Caucus, Ald. Hadden sits on the Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus, the Women's Caucus, and the LGBT Caucus.

Previously, Maria was the Executive Director of Our City Our Voice, a nonprofit organization supporting civic engagement processes for transformative social justice. Maria is a founding board member of the Participatory Budgeting Project and, from 2010-2018, led their technical assistance work in the Midwest and Southern United States.

She earned her B.A. in International Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ohio State University before moving to Illinois to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Maria's interests in community voice and the role of civil society were the focus on her graduate studies at DePaul University, where she earned an M.S. in International Public Service Management. Maria serves on the board of directors for Voqal, and she lives with her partner and their two dogs in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

OVERVIEW

Following up from the first installment with activist Camille Williams, BrownTown listens, learns, and again converses about electoral and radical politics with sitting 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden of Chicago. With a changing political landscape on the local, national, and global level, Maria and BrownTown discuss how and why Left and/or "progressive" policies are gaining more mainstream appeal, how movements are shaping platforms, and how to push elected officials to embrace a radical imagination for a more equitable future.

The Alderwoman shares her background working in non-profit and grassroots movement spaces and the impetus to seeking her current position in City Council. The gang discusses the meaning and co-opting of the term "progressive," how access to basic necessities really isn't radical, the uniqueness of the 49th ward, and the interworkings of City Hall. They wrap by exploring the current state of the Chicago city budget in terms of police spending, the importance of demonstrated alternatives to push better legislation, and an intergenerational report on the Democratic National Committee in 2020.

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Follow Maria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Stay up to date with the ongoing of her office at 49thward.org and sign up for their newsletter! Campaign site here.

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CREDITS: Intro news clip sound bites layered onto song God Won't by Fiendsh. Outro song Juicy by Notorious B.I.G. Audio engineered by Genta Tamashiro. Recording session photos by Andrew Merz.

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