JP Fixit Clinic to Highlight Digital Right to Repair Legislation on June 15

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The next JP Fixit Clinic will have an extra facet added to its regular focus on helping people fix their broken household items. Clinic organizers will also be letting people know about the Digital Right to Repair legislation that is currently under consideration at the State House.

The JP Fixit Clinic is organized by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Environment, Parks & Energy Committee. The JPNC sent a letter in support of the bill last year, which didn't make it out of committee. This year it has been reintroduced (read the text here). If enacted the bill would require digital electronics manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information, security updates, and replacement parts. Presently, manufacturers have a monopoly on parts and service that prevents fair market pricing on repairs.

The JP Fixit Clinic is a a free, do-it-together event where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill.

Tools will be provided and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things will give guidance. It is suggested that you bring any manuals if available.

Items you can bring include:

  • Bikes and skateboards
  • Clothing and fabric items
  • Computers and phones
  • Toys and wooden items
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Small electrical devices
  • Jewelry
  • Lamps and anything else!

Please don't bring firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items.

You can pre-register at http://goo.gl/qTzh9J -- this helps organizers ahead of time. If you're interested in volunteering to help others learn to fix things, or interested in helping spread the word about the event throughout please email jpnc.fixitclinic@gmail.com.

The JP Fixit Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to 12:45 pm at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.).

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