June Vigil in Support of Black Lives Mattera

Please join us for the June Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter on Thursday evening, June 3, from 5:30-6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, JP. The guest speaker will be Stacey Borden, Founder and Executive Director of New Beginnings Reentry Services, Inc., an organization that works to empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women by providing advocacy and services to women who are reentering local neighborhoods and communities. Following Ms. Borden’s remarks, there will be a call and response reading of names of victims of racist violence and a 20-minute standout along Centre Street. We ask all participants to follow the state face covering guidelines that went into effect on Saturday, advising non-vaccinated people to continue to wear face masks and physically distance. We encourage all vaccinated participants to take the precautions with which you are comfortable.

Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

Please join us for the May 6 Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter, from 5:30-6:30 pm on the Lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain at 633 Centre Street. Our guest speaker will be Sashi James from Families for Justice as Healing, an organization working to shift power and resources from policing and incarceration into Black and Brown communities to address systemic and racist abandonment and criminalization. Following her remarks, there will be a "call and response" reading of names of victims of racist violence and a 20-minute stand-out along Centre Street. Important Safety Protocols for the Vigil:  We ask all individuals to observe current safety protocols for large outdoor gatherings, maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings. Save for a two-month pause for COVID-19, the Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since December 2015 because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are woven into the fabric of our society, with tragic results for people of color.

Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

The April Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter will be held Thursday evening, April 1, from 5:30-6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with guest speaker Chukwuemeka (BJ) Osuagwu, Program and Events Coordinator at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, sponsors of the Annual Mother's Day March for Peace. BJ is a 2020 graduate of Gordon College, where he co-founded the college's first Black Student Union and helped facilitate conversations on race and reconciliation among Gordon staff and Students of African descent. His remarks will be followed by a "call and response" reading of names of victims of racist violence and a 20-minute stand-out along Centre Street. The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since December 2015 (save for a 2-month pause for COVID-19) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are woven into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color. We stand in witness for racial justice and human rights and against racist violence and white supremacy.

Jamaica Plain Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

In light of current state guidelines that restrict outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people, the Thursday, January 7 Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter will have no opening or closing program at our usual gathering spot on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, JP. Rather: supporters of the Vigil are invited to stand out in silence in front of and across from the church, along both sides of Centre Street down to Pond Street, between 5:30 and 6 pm that evening, with faces covered and socially distanced, to continue our monthly witness for racial justice and human rights and against racist violence and white supremacy. Everyone is welcome.

December Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The December Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, December 3, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with guest speaker Karlene Griffiths Sekou, a lead organizer for Black Lives Matter Boston, international movement builder, public theologian, and anti-imperial, anti-colonial culture worker. All participants are asked to wear face coverings and "socially distance." The December 3 event marks 5 years of monthly Vigils, and is an occasion we observe with both sadness and hope. The Vigil has taken place every month since Dec. 2015 (with a 2 month pause for the COVID-19 pandemic) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are built into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color.