New ‘Shape of Care’ Podcast Explores Caregiving

A Jamaica Plain resident's new podcast is exploring the perspectives caregiving -- and the numerous forms it takes. The Shape of Care:  A Podcast About Caregiving is a 6-episode series created by Jamaica Plain's Mindy Fried and was released on Oct. 22. The podcast "...explores the perspectives of informal caregivers and paid care workers, creators of innovative programs and care activists who are organizing nationally to mobilize care workers and implement a progressive national care agenda." The podcast will examine topics including:

Caring for a romantic partner who has Parkinson's Disease
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
The link between the quality of care jobs and the quality of care provided
Homophobia in elder care
The need for comprehensive caregiving policies in the U.S.

The Shape of Care podcast features interviews with Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Sarita Gupta, who co-directs Caring Across Generations with Ai-jen; Rick Surpin, Founder of Cooperative Home Care Associates in New York City; and former CEO of Ethos in Boston who created the first LGBT Aging Project in the U.S.

The podcast is available on Apple and Stitcher.

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Kiki D reaches out to a fan as she performs at the River of Life Church stage at JP Porchfest, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

180 Bands, Dancers, Storytellers, Comedians & More Performing at JP Porchfest on July 13

Pretty much, you will barely be able to move in Jamaica Plain this weekend without seeing a JP Porchfest performance! This is the 6th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, and it has never been more popular or robust: 180 bands, and artistic groups -- theater, dance, spoke word, storytelling, and comedy -- will perform on 97 porches. "JP Porchfest is almost like 100 little mini-festivals! And people have repeatedly told us that as they walk or bike around, they feel so much joy percolating in the air!" said Marie Ghitman, who co-founded the festival with Mindy Fried.

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Video: ‘Thriller’ Flash Mob with Boston Symphony Orchestra & Pops in Jamaica Plain

This Halloween in Jamaica Plain wasn't just costumed kids going from house-to-house asking for candy. This year, professional musicians and dancers made their way across JP creating flash mobs in an homage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Jamaica Plain's Hoopla Productions collaborated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops to produce several flash mobs for Halloween outside of Symphony Hall and in various locations in Jamaica Plain, said Hoopla's Mindy Fried to Jamaica Plain News. Hoopla Productions also organizes the popular Jamaica Plain Porchfest. Ali Pierre-Etienne choreographed the dancing, which was accompanied by the professional musicians, who also got into the zombie performance with makeup and some dance moves.

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Sociologists for Women in Society Name JP’s Fried as Feminist Activism Award Winner

The Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award is presented annually to a member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The 2018 Feminist Activism Award Winner is Jamaica Plain's Mindy Fried. The following is from the Sociologists for Women in Society:

The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. Fried, M.S.W., Ph.D. is an applied sociologist with over 25 years of experience conducting research, teaching, and policy analysis on work and organizational issues. As Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners, Mindy works collaboratively with nonprofit organizations and foundations to help them build their capacity and strengthen their programs and policies.

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JP Porchfest is July 7th: Get Ready for 170 Performances on 90 Porches!

The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).

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