A local organization wants volunteers for a campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census to make sure that all Jamaica Plain residents are counted. "JPNDC is launching a Census 2020 campaign because much of our community -- especially immigrants, people of color, and low-income households -- is at high risk of being undercounted," said a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) email newsletter. "If we're not counted, we lose resources and representation in government!" The JPNDC breaks down on its website why the U.S. Census is vital to Jamaica Plain, Boston and Massachusetts residents. The census is required by the US constitution.
On January 2, Nika Elugardo was sworn into her first term as the state representative for the 15th Suffolk District. So what's on her legislative plate? Q: Which of the bills are refiles and which ones are original bills being submitted for the first time? Elugardo: Of the 15 bills we filed, two are refiles: H2453 An Act to amend the Brownfields tax credit, and H3282 An Act to prevent unnecessary vacancies in foreclosed homes. The rest were original bills drafted by my team, by advocate partners, or in collaboration with partners.
Leaders from the Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the Muslim Justice League are among numerous organizations who will speak at the JP Progressives' Immigration Policy & Action Forum on Nov. 13th. "In this forum, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts," says a description of the forum according to a press release. The forum will be tackling several of the major human and civil rights crisis caused by the federal administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS), child separation of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border, and travel ban of individuals from predominantly Muslim countries.
With Jamaica Plain races already wrapped up by September's primary, the local interest on election day was focused on the three statewide ballot questions. No. Yes. Yes. Those were the results of the ballot questions.
JP Progressives has joined activists across the country in making thousands of calls encouraging voters in swing districts to flip the House to the Democratic Party. Here in Jamaica Plain, members have been canvassing for our endorsed candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Maura Healey, Ayanna Pressley, Sonia Chang Diaz, Liz Malia, Nika Elugardo and Rachael Rollins. We are also writing in Katie Forde for Registry of Deeds. This part of our slate represents a movement of women, many of whom, as Ayanna eloquently stated, have moved from fighting to show their voices matter to showing their leadership matters. We agree, and for this reason, it is important that voters show up in large numbers to demonstrate overwhelming support for these leaders.