PDF Version of JPP Redistricting Letter
November 10, 2011
Dear Redistricting Committee:
We are writing today to ask that the Redistricting Committee reconsider its decision to split the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain between the new 7th Congressional District and the new 8th Congressional districts and reassign the entire neighborhood to the 7th Congressional District.
First, please consider that as currently drawn the Committee’s map divides a neighborhood that thinks of itself as one place and has worked hard over the years to build a community that includes everyone. The new line would not just divide people who share a zip code and a supermarket, but who share a series of neighborhood social events, local political organizations, and even book clubs and crime watches. We are very much one neighborhood and we know that we all have a stake in our neighbors future. The new line however encourages one half of Jamaica Plain to see its stake tied on Boston’s other urban neighborhoods, while encouraging the other half to look to the suburbs. That is not a division we want in our neighborhood.
Worse, the new line resurrects an old line. Years ago Jamaica Plain earned its reputation as an activist neighborhood by rising up against a highway slated to run through the middle of our neighborhood. The proposed congressional district line takes the highway’s route bisecting our neighborhood. It won’t create the physical barrier the highway did, but it will create a political one that will be all too real as we strive to continue a shared community life.
As a neighborhood, we have worked hard, with some success, at integration and creating a community life that includes the diverse populations within our neighborhood. Because this new line places majority people of color precincts in one political world and majority white precincts in an entirely different one, it will set back some of the progress we have made in building a cultural and political life in Jamaica Plain that brings people together. That would be sad, and it is unnecessary.
Jamaica Plain belongs in the new 7th Congressional District. Although many of us are white, our community of interest lies with Boston’s diverse urban neighborhoods. We have chosen to live here because we wanted to be part of urban life and live with a diverse group of people. To lump our political future instead with the homogenous suburbs (and a few homogenous neighborhoods of Boston) is an incorrect reading of where our community of interest lies.
We respect the Committee’s commitment to drawing a district that will provide opportunities for candidates of color to win a seat in Congress. We share that goal. Including both halves of Jamaica Plain in the 7th Congressional District will not be injurious to that goal at all. White voters in Jamaica Plain have a long history of supporting candidates of color at every level of government—for many of us the majority of our elected officials are already people of color. Including all of Jamaica Plain in the 7th Congressional District makes it more and not less of a district of opportunity.
Please consider the harm this new line will do to our neighborhood cultural and political life and consider our true community of interest. We ask you to redraw the line and include all of Jamaica Plain in the 7th Congressional District.
Georgia Hollister Isman
On behalf of the Jamaica Plain Progressives, a group of active Jamaica Plain residents working together to organize our community around progressive values.
Ward 11 and 19 Democrats and the JP Progressives invite you to the…
JP Budget Breakdown
Wednesday, May 11th
6:30 – 8:30pm
Agassiz School, 20 Child St., JP
How will pending cuts affect JP? How do City and State budgets affect us? What can we do about it?
• Hear from JP neighbors and organizations that will
be hurt by looming budget cuts.
• Learn about pending legislation that can stem the
tide of annual cuts to our budgets.
• Discuss actions we can take to halt the assault on
Moderated by Chuck Collins
Director of JP Forum
Scheduled to Appear (tentative)
• Coalition for Our
• Coalition for Social Justice
• Community Health
Education & Research
• Mass Budget
• Urban Edge
Arizona to Massachusetts Press Advisory | PDF
What: From Arizona to Massachusetts: Our Struggle for Justice Event
When: Thursday, April 7th 2011 6:00-8:00PM
Where: Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Who: Kalila Barnett, Kyle de Beaussett, Jesus Gerena, Mariama White-Hammond, Jeannette Huezo, Cris Lagunas, Gloribell JP Progressives and ¿Oiste?
Contacts: Gloribell Mota, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE) (617) 480-8410
Community Organizer from Phoenix Arizona unites with Greater Boston community leaders to raise awareness on the impact of the “Secure Communities” program and immigrant struggles.
BOSTON, MA –Greater Boston community leaders, JP Progressives and ¿Oiste? are hosting Carlos Garcia, community organizer from Phoenix Arizona, who for the last four years has worked towards ending and educating about the constant human rights abuses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the 287(g) Agreements and Arizona’s series of anti-migrant laws. Carlos, working with the PUENTE movement and the National Day Labor Organizing Network has focused on using the example of Maricopa County to inform the country of the atrocities in ICE and Local Police collaboration.
On March 21, 2011 the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick; regarding Massachusetts ability to opt out of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Secure Communities” program (S-Comm). After the organizations reviewed thousands of internal ICE documents regarding S-Comm, which they obtained through Freedom of Information Act litigation, it demonstrated persisting problems with ICE’s claim that the program’s focus is on high-level dangerous criminals.
The advocacy agencies released a new analysis of the latest data that contradicts the ICE’s claim that the program pursues those convicted of dangerous crimes and prevents opportunities for racial profiling on the part of local law enforcement. “Nationally, 1 in 4 people deported under S-Comm haven’t been convicted of any crime. That ratio jumps to over 50% in Boston, certain areas of California, and in multiple examples across the country.” Explained Bridget Kessler of Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. “Those numbers raise questions about how S-Comm may allow local police to cover up profiling and circumvent due process.”
The organizers of this event anticipate that by raising awareness and educating on the impact the S-Comm program will have in Massachusetts and currently has with the piloting of Boston Police Department, they will generate support to speak out against it and urge Governor Deval Patrick to consider the consequences of signing onto the program in The Commonwealth. Currently, Washington state and the District of Columbia have refused to sign on to implementing the S-Comm program.
Carlos Garcia, Community Organizer is available for comments and interviews all day Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th.
Come to support and learn about the immigrant right’s struggle for justice:
- How Arizona’s SB 1070 is impacting the immigrant community and violating basic human rights,
- The successes in defending immigrant rights,
- The current struggles in Massachusetts and Boston,
- How you can support and take action.
Special Guest: Carlos Garcia, Community Organizer Puente Arizona
Carlos Garcia is a community organizer from Phoenix Arizona. For the last four years Carlos has worked towards ending and educating about the constant human rights abuses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the 287(g) Agreements and Arizona’s series of anti-migrant laws. Working with the PUENTE movement and the National Day Labor Organizing Network he has focused on using the example of Maricopa County to inform the country of the atrocities in ICE and Local Police collaboration.
DATE: Thursday, April 7th, 2011
LOCATION: Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain MA, 02130, Google Map
INFORMATION: Gloribell at 617-981-4010
AZ-MA Supporting Immigrant Rights Event [PDF]
This fall, residents of Jamaica Plain have the chance to choose their next District City Councilor. Want to learn more about the candidates? Not sure who you’re going to vote for? Check out the JPP District 6 Progressive Voter guide!
The Special Preliminary Election for this seat will be held on October 19th.
The Special Final Election will be held on November 16th.
Please remember to vote, and remind your friends, family & neighbors as well!
Each candidate was invited to fill out a questionnaire created by the members of the JP Progressives on a number of topics of importance to the group.
In addition, we invited each candidate to speak, answer questions from the group based on their questionnaire, and meet members of the JP Progressives.
Read the Questionnaires
Each questionnaire is online. See the menu bar, above, to select which candidate’s questionnaire you would like to view.
On September 28, the JP Progressives had conversations with all of the candidates. Each candidate had previously submitted responses to the JPP Questionnaire. During this series of 25-30 minute conversations before about 40-50 JP voters,the JPP asked candidates to elaborate on their responses to the questionnaire, prior to opening up the floor to the audience.
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