JP Hosts Meeting on Olympic Displacement

Thursday night a trio of groups will host a discussion of possible displacement of residents by the 2024 Olympics. The event, hosted by No Boston 2024, Black Lives Matter and the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, begins at 7 p.m. at Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. Here's a link to the Facebook event page. Dubbed "Olympic Sized Displacement," the panel will explore whether Boston residents would be forced from their homes should Boston 2024 succeed in bringing the Olympics to the city. Organizers of the forum cite a 2007 study that found 2 million people had been displaced in the previous 20 years because of the Olympics.


What I’ve Learned From 40 Years of Community Organizing

Forty years ago, on May 9, 1975, I decided to become involved in Franklin Park. Nobody asked me. I just wanted to. I walked down to Freddie's Market at the corner of Williams and Washington Street and bought a box of plastic trash bags.  I spent nine hours cleaning the Williams Street foot entrance to Franklin Park opposite 269 Forest Hills St. where my wife, Martha, and I then lived.


The Story Behind Those Pinecones

Any ideas why a pineapple finial showed up on a Casey Overpass pier in #jamaicaplain yesterday? @universalhub

— Clay Harper (@ArborwayMatters) April 15, 2015

Thanks to the sleuths at Universal Hub, here's the origin of a "Resist" poster found this week on a pier of the soon-to-be-demolished Casey Overpass. The pinecone is a symbol of Resist X Reason. We haven't spoken to the folks at Resist X Reason, but from their Instagram account, it seems Jamaica Plain resident Ivan Richiez is one of the people behind it. The South Street man has been a prominent advocate against "stop and frisk" policing, among other issues.