JP NET Today & Tomorrow
With over a thousand people now engaged, we are proud of what we have been able to create together in the past three years, such as: Egleston Farmers Market | Boston Bean alternative currency 2012 pilot | JP Local First | JP Yard Sharing | Festival Gardens | JP Resiliency Measures Project | State of Our Neighborhood Forum | Sustainable Fashion Show | Egleston Community Orchard | Legalize Chickens and Curbside Composting Efforts
Thanks to the involvement of many JP neighbors and allies, 2013 has been a very successful year. We hired a full-time community organizer; established a Boston “node” of 350.org; hosted monthly potlucks, forums, and films; and organized the third annual “State of the Neighborhood Forum” with over 250 neighbors attending.
In 2014 we’ll keep supporting and strengthening initiatives already underway, and there are several new projects in the works:
* Cancer Free New Economy. We have teamed up with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Jamaica Plain Centre-South Main Streets and the Toxics Action Center to work with neighborhood, place-based businesses to make the transition from using carcinogens and toxins to using safer alternatives. We are focusing on helping to mobilize and crowd-source capital and customers for transition businesses, particularly in the Latino community—including beauty salons, dry cleaners, auto shops, commercial cleaning, light manufacturing and artists’ studios. Our efforts have already brought key players together, including Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital, the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookside Community Health Center, Martha Elliot Health Center and The Dimmock Center.
* Boston Food Forest. We are convening a coalition of neighbors from Dorchester, Roxbury, JP, and Mattapanto establish a flagship edible forest garden open to the public. This permaculture demonstration site would be a meeting point, linking the many orchards, food gardens and corridors, and old Earthworks fruit and nut trees on public and private lands across Boston.
* Emergency Preparedness. Over the last 12 months, Boston has experienced the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Blizzard Nemo, and the Boston Marathon “Lock-Down,” all shared experiences that exposed both our vulnerability and possibilities. Whether preparing for weird weather events or the “long emergency,” community resilience starts at the most local level—with your closest neighbors. Our “Preparedness Pie Parties” have been recognized by FEMA as a model organizing effort to build neighborly connections, identify vulnerable neighbors, and have fun while preparing for the worst. We now are working with local churches to establish “resilience hubs” during emergencies.
* Community “Fellows” Project. We are excited to expand our leadership development work in 2014,and are looking to provide stipends, training, room and board, and mentoring to 8-10 young adults who commit to a year of serving as community organizers and project catalysts with JP NET.
* Neighborhood Node of Boston Time Trade Circle. JP NET is working with the Boston Time Trade Circle to kick-start a local JP node, which will help tap into the enormous spirit and energy of JP neighbors eager to share skills and build relationships with each other.
We are now writing to ask for your financial support to carry this work forward.
Chances are, you are already involved in JP NET. Your financial gift is another way to join the work of building a healthy community—one that is truly economically and ecologically resilient. Click here to contribute now.
Thank you for your support.