The city announced the recommendation of more than $25.5 million of Community Preservation Act funds to 67 projects across Boston, including five Jamaica Plain projects. The Community Preservation Committee held a public hearing and vote on Feb. 11 in support of Mayor Marty Walsh's recommendations. The proposed projects have been filed with the Boston City Council for a vote of approval. Projects supported with Community Preservation Act funds need to create or preserve affordable housing, historic sites, or open space and recreation.
The next Jamaica Plain Forum will feature Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond leading a town hall discussion about the Green New Deal. In her first term, Pressley (D-MA 7th) has been a vocal leader about supporting a Green New Deal for the country that would transition our country from fossil fuels to clean energy. "The ecological and economic justice challenges of our time require all of us to work for an equitable, healthy and livable planet for all. Responding to our environmental crisis must be done in a way that bridges Boston’s racial divide," says the Jamaica Plain Forum website about the town hall. "A just and sustainable transition must follow the leadership of women of color who have helped move forward many critical issues in our current political environment.
Jamaica Plain’s Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond of Bethel AME Church will take part in the upcoming Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) Heroes and Angels concert. Hammond will narrate the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a piece by composer Joseph Schwantner called New Morning for the World (“Daybreak of Freedom”). CSO Music Director Cynthia Woods selected New Morning for the World along with the other works on the program, Nan Schwartz’s trumpet tone poem Angels Among Us and Jean Sibelius’ stirring Symphony No. 5 because they complement each other in various ways and remind us that we are creative beings surrounded by natural beauty. In advance of the March 17 concert, Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond answered a few questions for Jamaica Plain News about his involvement in the program.
Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. Here's a nice view of Bethel AME Church in Forest Hills as seen by JP's Erica Lewy (who goes by liasynthis on Instagram). If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":
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