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.
A 24-year-old Jamaica Plain man has been identified as the victim from a Thursday night shooting on Centre Street. Boston Police responded to a shot spotter activation around 9:59 pm on May 21 in the area of 267 Centre St. Upon arrival police found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, Dashawn Davis, 24, of Jamaica Plain, was later pronounced dead, according to BPDnews.com. The other victim was treated, and their injuries are not considering life threatening.
The Jamaica Plain Main Streets Relief Fund will distribute $500 grants to Jamaica Plain residents, or employees of neighborhood businesses. Applications are now open for the fund. Applications went live on Monday and priority will be given to applicants who are unable to receive or ineligible for other forms of public assistance. "We would like to place people of color, all genders, people without papers, people formerly incarcerated, and those facing housing instability at the front of the line for support," said an email sent out by JP Centre/South Main Streets. The total number of grants to be given out in the first round, or any successive rounds, depends on the success of the fundraising campaign.
JP Centre/South Main Streets (JPCSMS) is a volunteer-led non-profit that works to strengthen the JP Centre/South business district as a vibrant center of community life. Right now, we are confronting the economic realities of the COVID-19 crisis, and suddenly finding ourselves in the position to lead our community in economic recovery efforts. Dozens of volunteers have already reached out to discuss how to best support our local businesses. Please read below to learn how you can contribute to ongoing recovery efforts. JPCSMS has identified three projects for immediate and long term impact.
The damage wrought by COVID-19 is permeating all aspects of society. Our funerals are being affected, our woodworking classes are being cancelled, and our beloved Wake Up The Earth Festival is not happening May 2. The Forest Hills Cemetery was consecrated in 1848, and it's not clear if there's ever been restrictions placed on the number of attendees allowed at funerals. But now there are -- in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's executive order, burials are now limited to 25 people, according to Forest Hills Cemetery's website. Along with the 25 person limit, there are other new protocols:
We are requesting that all family members remain in their cars until the casket has been placed at the gravesite and the Cemetery personnel have left the area.