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.
The field for this year's at-large Boston City Council election continues to grow with a wealth of viable candidates. Mattapan's David Halbert is one of those candidates. While Halbert doesn't live in JP, he does have a strong connection to the neighborhood, having been the Jamaica Plain liaison for former District 6 City Councilor John Tobin. Halbert also previously worked for At-Large Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon, as well as Governor Deval Patrick. Currently, Halbert is the deputy director of community affairs at the Middlesex County Sheriff's office.