Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As pervasive systems of injustice increasingly attempt to separate us from each other, the Jamaica Plain Forum stands out as a beacon of hopelifting up voices of strength, wisdom, courage, and change. This year, the Jamaica Plain Forum brought together more than 2,500 people to discuss and grapple with dynamic issues shaping our neighborhood and our planet—providing opportunities for the essential experience of non-separation.

In 2014, the Jamaica Plain Forum:

  • Hosted more than 40 locally and nationally celebrated speakers, including Canadian water activist Maude Barlow, UK -psychologist George Marshall, local historical Jim Vrabel, and local Palestinian rights activist, Sara Driscoll. Our speakers led us in conversations on a variety of topics, ranging from how to address mass incarceration and the future of water, to climate change denial and the history of activism in the city of Boston.

  • Supported 350MA in getting hundreds of people from Boston on the bus to the People’s Climate March in New York City by hosting a citywide Climate Change Rally with Tim DeChristopher and friends.

  • Inspired thousands of people with food for thought, opportunities for action, and heartening friendships.


 The very heart of the Jamaica Plain Forum seeks to create spaces for people to come together to put ideas into action—across our differences and beyond our fears.

In 2015, we have many more events planned to strengthen and inspire our community against the odds, and we need your support to make these events happen. We need your support to continue to disrupt the Story of Separation.

Our funds come from individuals like you. Your donation to us, no matter the size, is an investment in the power of community. 

Please consider a generous gift this year. You can donate on-line, or write a check payable to the Institute for Policy Studies. (Be sure to put “Jamaica Plain Forum” in the memo line, and mail to Institute for Policy Studies, 30 Germania Street, Building L, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.)

With gratitude,

Chuck Collins, Tracy Bindel and the JP Forum Team