Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley has called for a hearing to determine the feasibility of a textile recycling program in Boston. “Curbside textile recycling is another opportunity of sound environmental policy that can generate revenue for the city of Boston. The city of Boston can reduce our waste stream, greenhouse gas emissions and receive payment for the value of the material,” said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. Ever the environmental politician of Boston, O'Malley points out that 40 Massachusetts municipalities, including Brookline, Somerville and Natick have implemented curbside textile recycling. Those programs have diverted more than 2.2 million pounds from their waste stream.
Two Boston City Councilors have proposed that the city provide free menstrual products in Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Libraries, BCYF Community Centers, and in city buildings. An estimated 100 million high school students missed school because of a lack of menstrual products, according to an UNESCO report. In Boston, 78 percent of students come from low-income households and an estimated 16.5 percent of Boston's population lives in poverty. But councilors District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley are looking to make sure more people have access to menstrual products. Having access to menstrual products will help people not miss school, not miss work, and avoid any other health, social or professional challenges that result from a lack of availability.
UPDATE: The location of the forum has changed. JP Progressives is hosting its second at-large City Councilor candidates forum on June 3. JP Progressives is hosting its second forum with Mijente, and Right to the City Vote at Doyle's Cafe at 6:30 pm. The forum was going to be hosted at Forest Hills Covenant Church, but JP Progressives changed the forum location because the church is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, which does not support marriage equality. "This particular congregation is in the process of defining its own position on these issues, but until the church is unequivocally affirming of LGBTQ+ rights, we will not be able to hold events at this location," said an email from JP Progressives.
The first of two candidate forums being hosted by JP Progressives for the four at-large Boston City Council seats is being held at Doyle's Cafe on Thursday. It was not immediately clear which of the many at-large city council candidates would be participating in the forum. The forum is being hosted by JP Progressives, MiJente, and Right to the City Vote. The event starts at 6:30 pm in Doyle's back room. This is a free event open to the public.
Longtime Jamaica Plain resident Mary Church recently announced his first foray into running for the at-large Boston City Council race. Church, 50, has lived in Jamaica Plain for 30 years, and lived in Allston, Fenway and Roslindale prior to JP. She grew up in Somerville, New Jersey (a different Somerville). She moved to Boston for college, fell in love with the city, and never left. Church fielded questions from Jamaica Plain News about her candidacy, what she would do if elected and more.