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Ready to Roll

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by David Branigan) Members of the Village Health Team in Amuru, Uganda, pose last year with a bike of the type they uses in a workshop created in partnership with JP-based Bikes Not Bombs (BNB). The bike business will create local transit and ambulance networks as well as build community. BNB is highlighting the effort as an alternative to the “Stop Kony” campaign, which calls for military intervention against Ugandan war crimes suspect Joseph Kony, and which BNB says will only worsen conditions there.

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JP students question ethnic studies ban

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Teachers Union School (BTUS) students sent letters to President Barack Obama, the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Superintendent and Arizona students, to express their outrage at Arizona’s suspension of Mexican American studies in public schools. When Latino students in Riana Good’s Spanish class at BTUS learned about the Arizona law—HB 2281—that prohibits teaching...

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O’Malley talks big issues in ‘town hall’

April 13, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy City Council Office) City Councilor Matt O’Malley

Casino gambling and redistricting were among the vast range of subjects discussed during City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s second annual “town hall” meeting. About 30 people attended the April 2 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. Speaking about the City Council redistricting plan, O’Malley said he opposes any plan that split either West Roxbury or...

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Library homework program to change

April 13, 2012
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The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille. The Gazette first learned about the change when JP resident Amy Snell complained during Councilor Matt O’Malley’s “town hall” meeting that the program was going to end. The homework program...

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Leading Residents

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The newly elected resident leaders of Hyde Square’s Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative—(from left) Susan Empey, Migdalia Montesino and Elba Rivera—are honored in a Boston Tenant Coalition ceremony at the Paulist Center Boston downtown on March 29. The Centre Street co-op was developed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. The event celebrated tenant and affordable housing struggles and victories.

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Homeless census results delayed

April 13, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census despite the fact it has done so the past several years during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. According to Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) spokesperson Katinka...

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Resident begins anti-litter campaign

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—When Kolya Lynne Smith moved to Pond Street from West Roxbury last fall, she was disgusted by the litter piling up on the sidewalks. Now she has adopted the street, giving it a weekly cleaning herself, and aims to form a group called Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocacy to spread the anti-litter crusade. “I am...

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Laura Foner conducts a class at the Gould Freedom School during her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.

A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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