““For a long time there have been rumors that Latinos come here to take,” the translator said. “We’re here to show that Latinos give.” The man speaking in Spanish before the crowd in front of city hall was Juan Gonzalez. I’ve known Juan for several years, but I did not know he was pastor of a church in Lynn, Le Voz Eterna, until today. I had always known him as a top-notch chef. Then he went on to found a bilingual magazine. Now he is mobilizing the Latino community in Lynn.”
A lot of people chipped in with supplies, food, water, volunteers and more. This post may be updated as that list comes in.
Also, a few photos from LynnHappens:
Escobar’s provided mulch
Equipment loaned by the DPW
Here’s a rare glimpse of your LynnHappens editor, Seth Albaum (center), taken by Arts After Hours Director and cleanup volunteer Corey Jackson. Cleanup organizer Juan Gonzalez is on the right. LynnHappens and the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association helped to promote the event. I’m dressed up due to other events that day and trying not to “become the story,” as they say. But the truth is, I’m super grateful for this effort and all that Juan Gonzalez has done for the downtown.