We've heard a lot, A LOT, about the electoral college, and that electors actually choose the president. Jamaica Plain's Wayne Yeh is one of 11 state electors for Massachusetts. Yeh, a 26 year old LGBTQ+ son of Chinese Laotian refugees, moved to Boston for college. As a community organizer he says he's committed to achieving justice for working class and immigrant communities of color, particularly through the electoral process. On Dec. 14 he will be casting his vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at the Massachusetts State House during a ceremony that is closed to the public.
National Braille Press (NBP) announced it has promoted Chris Milmore from Development Associate to Grant Manager. In his new role, Milmore will be responsible for writing grants and implementing fundraising plans as they pertain to foundations and corporations. The position heads a program that raises more than $300,000 annually to contribute to the overall fundraising strategy of NBP. “We are excited to have Chris as our new Grant Manager here at NBP,” said Brian MacDonald, President of NBP. “Throughout his time at NBP, Chris has established an accord with our readers and individual donors.
How good are you at Jamaica Plain trivia? Good enough to beat the assumed JP trivia champ? Sign up for the virtual Jamaica Plain Trivia Battle Royale on Nov. 12, and you'll see how much trivia you know. The evening will be full of facts, celebrity clues, historical info, and commercials from JP's local businesses.
For much of the 20th century child welfare workers took Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. A Jamaica Plain documentarist's Emmy Award winning film looks at the heartbreaking untold stories of the Wabanaki people of Maine who suffered from this particular atrocity. "We made Dawnland independently at the invitation of Maine Wabanaki-REACH and the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation. Going inside the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in United States history, we made Dawnland in an effort to reveal centuries of injustice and create space for healing," said Jamaica Plain resident Adam Mazo. The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the first of its kind in the U.S. It is the first TRC to be created by all parties to a conflict.
Five residents from Jamaica Plain will choose their own route on October 4th for the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants are encouraged to walk wherever they choose: around their neighborhood, a local hiking trail, a treadmill, or anywhere else they are comfortable. Jane Craycroft, John Munson, Stephanie Kreutz, Madeline Polak, and Scott Schreiber, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history.