The chief of staff for Jamaica Plain's marijuana dispensary, Seed, and the Core Social Justice Museum, will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter. Tomas Gonzalez is a 15-year veteran of local government and politics, longtime organizer and advocate for social and economic justice, including being a founding board member for Raise Up Massachusetts. Raise Up Massachusetts is the state's largest social justice coalition. Gonzalez is also the chief of staff for Seed, which opened earlier this year as Jamaica Plain's first marijuana dispensary. Following his remarks there will be a call and response reading of the names of victims of racist violence, and a 20-minute standout along Centre Street.
A beautiful mural honoring George Floyd has been painted in Hyde Square. For Core Cannabis, which will be co-locating a Social Justice Cannabis Museum at the same site, it made sense to demonstrate support of recent protests and current events. The mural was painted by Alexander Golob, outside of the Core Cannabis marijuana dispensary, which funded the painting. "As a woman and minority owned business, we fell in love with the sentiment of the call to unite mothers against injustice," said Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis. "Alex took that passion and created this moving design.
A recreational marijuana company with an empowerment philosophy has proposed opening a dispensary/social justice museum in the long vacant old Milky Way space on Centre Street. "Core Empowerment intends to open the city of Boston's first high quality retail cannabis establishment and social justice museum/education center," said Tomas Gonzalez, one of the four owners of Core Empowerment, LLC to Jamaica Plain News via email. Gonzalez grew up in Jamaica Plain, previously ran for Boston City Council and was recently the deputy director for the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. He currently lives in Hyde Park. Gonzalez said the business would be in the lower level of 401A Centre St.