October Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The October Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, October 1, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, with speaker Corey Stallings, Program Director of the South Street Youth Center. We ask all participants to wear face coverings and practice socially distancing and we encourage everyone to bring their own signs as we have a limited number. The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain has taken place every month since December 2015 (with a 2 month pause for the pandemic) because we recognize that systemic racism and injustice are built into the fabric of our society with tragic results for people of color. We invite everyone to come stand with us in witness for racial justice and human rights, and against racist violence and white supremacy. For further information, contact Bonnie McBride, bonlynmcbride@yahoo.com, or Penny Wells, pennywells@aol.com.

September Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain

The September Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will be held Thursday evening, September 3, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street. Our speakers will be Toiell Washington and Hodan Hashi, two of the co-founders of Black Boston, a community organization that strives toward the uplifting and support of Black Bostonians, with the goals of fighting to prevent racial inequities and to promote Black creativity and solidarity within the Black community. We ask all participants to wear face coverings and socially distance by standing at least 6 feet from the next person. We encourage everyone to bring their own signs as we will have a limited number of extra signs to share. The Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain 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.

Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

The August 6 Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain will remember The Honorable John Lewis. In lieu of a speaker we will honor the life of John Lewis by reading short passages about his life , or excerpts from his works.  We invite participants to bring something to share as time allows.  Following the remarks, there will be a "call and response," reading of names of victims of racist violence and a 20 minute Silent Vigil along Centre St. to witness for racial justice and human rights.  Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this monthly event, which takes place from 5:30-6:30pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St.

Call for Black Lives Matter Art by Jamaica Plain Arts Council; Open Studios Cancelled

The Jamaica Plain Art Council has extended its call for Black Lives Matter art. "As a visual arts organization, we want to help make your voices heard (seen) through art," said a JPAC newsletter. "We are offering artists a chance to submit pieces that represent, reflect upon and/or support the Black Live Matter cause and oppose racial injustice in all forms." Selected work with the artist's short statement will be highlighted on JPAC's social media platforms. Art can be submitted by sending your image along with a brief statement (3-5 sentences) and the heading "JPAC BLM Justice for All" to coordinator@jpopenstudios.com. Submissions are requested by August 1, but will be accepted after that date.

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State Senate Passes Police Reform Bill, Championed By Chang-Díaz

The Massachusetts State Senate passed an unprecedented police reform bill early Tuesday morning when most people were sleeping after many hours of debate. The bill passed 30-7, and would do many things including ban the use of chokeholds by police; limit the use of tear gas; create a committee that would certify all law enforcement officers; prohibit police from shooting into moving vehicles, except for limited circumstances; create uniform standards for training police across the commonwealth. The House will debate the bill before July 31 when the current legislative session ends. House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he wanted to hold a virtual hearing on the Senate bill this week. Last month Governor Charlie Baker filed his own legislation to create a system that would license police and hold them accountable to a set of professional standards.

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