Wake Up the Earth. An annual tradition in Jamaica Plain for 32 years.
Itâs a parade through the community, followed by a huge multi-cultural festival at the South West Corridor Park.
Coming in at the end of the parade, I happened upon Femka Rosenbaum. Femka is a living legend in Jamaica Plain. She can take credit as the founder and original organzier of Wake Up the Earth way back in its inception.
Femka has long since retired from organizing, but she is quite please with the life the festival has taken.
Bonnie Rovics is largely responsible for that.
(Bonnie flute ambience)
There is the music, the dancing, the costumes, and the food. But there is also serious political activism.
Bill Downing of MassCAnn, the â¦.
MassCann sponsers the annual Freedom Rally on the Boston Common in September, and they are responsible for creating the ballot iniative in 2008 that decriminalized Marijuana in Massachusetts. They had a table to promote their issue.
With all this going on in one place, and on such a beautiful day, attendees were certainly enjoying themselves.
Percussion ambience / Susan
All the activism wasnât strictly non-profit. There were some small business promoting their products, and to show that capitalism can act in an environmentally conscious way
Carlos Aredondo is a presence at this event, pulling his decrotive living float, that is both an expression of joyful peace, and mournful sorrow for the lives lost in war. It also served as his carrying cart for his 2 dogs.
The fact that this was also May Day was dooley noted from the stage.
Wake Up the Earth has become one of the finest community events in all of New England. It is an expression of the joy and pride that is the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.
From the Wake Up the Earth Festival, I am Chuck Rosina for the Boston Community Reporters Project.