Jamaica Plain Gazette

Local activists to host anti-Olympics meeting Monday

Local activists will hold a public meeting on Monday for those interested in opposing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, which proposes using Franklin Park for horse and pentathlon events. Organized by veterans of such movements as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Boston, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., according to several announcements via Twitter. The Olympics bid is being arranged by a private committee called Boston 2024, and has proposed the use of Franklin Park and various other venues without public input or notice, as the Gazette reported earlier today. The possible impacts on the historic park and all of Jamaica Plain have stirred outrage. “[Franklin ...
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Car lot redevelopment approved

STONYBROOK—A massive mixed-use development of the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company on Washington Street was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week. The project at 3521-3529 Washington St. will include a four- to five-story multi-use building at the corner of Washington and McBride streets. The ground floor is planned to have 25,000 square feet of retail space, and the upper floors will hold 88 residential units. The plan also includes a two-story retail building fronting Washington Street and multifamily housing fronting on Burnett Street, and new green space connecting New Washington and McBride streets. That would be made from a small swath of MBTA-owned green space between the property and the train tracks running behind it, ...
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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

A Jamaica Plain minister has been training protesters in non-violent civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., in preparation for the grand jury decision on whether to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, three months ago. “I’ve been heartened by a new generation of young leaders…[but] disappointed in our democracy,” Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou told the Gazette from Ferguson this week. Sekou is pastor for Formation and Justice at First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. He is also the author of the 2012 book “Gods, Gays and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy,” and a forthcoming book about the 2011 London youth riots. Sekou has been organizing in Ferguson “on ...
Panorama of the Mountains

Book Review: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Author: Dan Ariely Title: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty Narrator: Simon Jones Publication Info: Harper Collins, 2012 ISBN: 9780062209320 Summary/Review: This book is a psychological and sociological investigation into lying, with the emphasis on the ways in which all humans more or less lie and cheat throughout their whole lives.  Ariely notes that while big scandals […]
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Song of the Week: “The Sticks” by The Budos Band

The Budos Band is a 9-piece instrumental Afro-Soul ensemble from Staten Island.  Their new album is called Burnt Offering and includes the track “The Sticks.” You can hear more by The Budos Band and other artists on the great music podcast The Sounds in My Head.Filed under: Music, Song of the Week Tagged: Afrobeat, Music, […]
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