Resist & Rejoice! with Poetry Slam Champion and Music on Feb. 26th

Enjoy a night of slam poetry and music to benefit services to LGBTQ and youth of color in the Boston area, and an immigrant youth-led organization on Feb. 26th. Hoopla Productions produces year-round events, building on the success of Jamaica Plain Porchfest, always with the same mission of using the arts to bridge the divides of race, class, culture and immigrant status. As part of Hoopla's ResistARTS series, it will be presenting Resist & Rejoice! at the Hope Central Church (85 Seaverns Ave.) on Monday, Feb.

Angell Animal Medical Center: Protect Dogs Against Canine Version of Flu Virus

Flu season is well underway in Massachusetts—and with it the body aches, congestion, fatigue and other ills associated with our collective seasonal misery. Now veterinarians at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston are concerned about a second category of potential victims: dogs. There is zero risk of dogs contracting human flu—nor is there a canine flu epidemic underway in Massachusetts. However, several states, including Illinois, Georgia and Kentucky, are racking up hundreds of positive canine flu tests and that has the veterinary community concerned. “This flu season has been severe for humans and that’s why there is so much attention on flu right now,” said Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell Animal Medical Center.

Opinion: Expand Birth Options for Massachusetts Families by Recognizing Midwives

Attending homebirths in Massachusetts has always felt like an underground profession. I can be a licensed midwife in 33 other states, but not here. As a Certified Professional Midwife who has been practicing for many years, I completely support the bill “An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety” (HB1189/SB1206). I became a midwife to serve families. Unfortunately, home birth midwives currently have to deny care to families who cannot afford to pay us out of pocket.

State Rep. Liz Malia and JP Mothers Out Front Visit Massachusetts Wind Blade Testing Center

State Rep. Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain) organized a site visit of the Massachusetts Wind Blade Testing Center (WTTC) in Charlestown for Jamaica Plain Mothers Out Front members. During the site visit, conducted in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the members learned about wind technology and relevant industry policies and laws in Massachusetts. “I take energy and environmental issues very seriously, and I will continue to be a champion for aggressive and robust clean energy policies,” said Rep. Malia. “I’m proud to represent an actively engaged constituency who help to inform our state policies for a livable climate. They make up the strong, local advocacy voice, and I appreciate their interest and efforts.”

The WTTC offers a full suite of certification tests for turbine blades up to 90 meters in length.

Jamaica Plain Forum: ‘Poetry & Social Justice’ Reading and Talk on Feb. 15th

Poetry has always played a crucial role in movements for social justice, animating our language, finding words for our outrage, and restoring our souls for the struggle. At a time when our risk of burnout is enormous, when we are told every day that the truth is the untruth, we need the transformative power of poetry in our movements for social justice. Come hear two poet-activists, Sarah Browning and Simone John, discuss this tradition and poetry’s living work, and read from their recent collections at a reading and talk. "Don't You Hear This Hammer Ring? Poetry & Social Justice" is being co-hosted by the Jamaica Plain Forum and Split This Rock on Feb. 15th from 7 to 9 pm at the Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist Church (6 Eliot St.)

Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock, the preeminent national organization of socially engaged poets, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.