JP Monthly Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter on June 4

For more than four years not a month has gone by without a monthly vigil in support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain. Thursday night's vigil will resonate even stronger due to recent events. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, have led to protests across the country, and heightened the focus on Black Lives Matter again. In Jamaica Plain there has been a monthly Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter since January 2016. JP's vigil has had guest speakers such as Fran Smith of Community Organizer at Community Change; Leon Smith, Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice; and Charles Wallace-Thomas IV of the Boston Ujima Project.

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Boston Day of Reparations to African People

The Days of Reparations to African People is an annual, international speaking tour to raise white reparations to African (black) people and discuss how we as white people can be in genuine solidarity with African liberation. It is a campaign by the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and its mass organization, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, both founded and led by the African People’s Socialist Party. WHERE: First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain)
WHEN: Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 7-9pm
Suggested Donation $5 - No one turned away for lack of funds
REGISTER: BostonDayOfReparations2018.eventbrite.com

Keynote Speaker: Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party
Also speaking:
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee
Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement

A Call to Build the Days of Reparations to African People

A Call to Build the Days of Reparations to African People

For more info on the Boston event: usmboston@riseup.net or call 781-214-8131

Follow the Boston branch of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement at facebook.com/usmboston

For more info on the Days of Reparations to African People campaign, visit uhurusolidarity.org

22 Consecutive Monthly JP Black Lives Matter Vigils; Next Vigil is Sept. 7th

For the 22nd consecutive month there will be a vigil in support of Black Lives Matter. The next vigil will be this Thursday and Karlene Griffiths Sekou will be the guest speaker. Sekou is a local theologian, pastor, women’s advocate and global public health strategist. Sekou is also a lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Boston. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the mountainous regions of Ocho Rios.

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"Black Lives Matter" sign on the lawn at First Baptist Church in JP. The sign was stolen the week of Oct. 5, 2015.

Black Lives Matter Vigil in JP on Thursday

A vigil in support of the Black Lives Matter movement will be held on July 6 on the lawn of the First Baptist Church on Centre Street. This is a public vigil and anyone is welcome to attend. July marks the 20th consecutive monthly vigil since December 2015 at the church located at 633 Centre St. The vigil provides the opportunity for participants to take a stand against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights, wrote Penny Wells in an email to Jamaica Plain News. The guest speaker this month is Andrea James.

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