Saturday, March 20, 2010

Where were you?

Friday night at Lynn City Hall was an amazing night.  Performers and speakers born and raised in Lynn alongside our brothers and sisters from Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. It was something special. The bands were all completely amazing. Kids from Lynn Classical were fantastic. Great spanish rock band,  steel drums, and the Mayor's husband sang in his band, Shuffle Mode. The only issue I had with last night is that you were not there. While our numbers were small last night, it was a special group of people. A celebration of Haiti and our Haitian Lynners in their time of need. A refrain often repeated last night was "We are wounded but we are alive!!"

So, tell me, why weren't you there?

It had two Lynn Item articles. Oh right, you all stopped reading that paper. I was just joking when I recommended that. The bloggers have been all over it for a couple of weeks. The same number of unique people were in City Hall last night that visit this blog every single day.  The tickets were $10 and children under 10 were free. It was held at a family friendly hour. There were tons of people on the stage, their friends and family didn't even seem to be there.

Are we all invested in the success of Downtown? Do we care that Jamie Marsh and his team bled to bring back the Lynn Auditorium to you? Do we want the Mayor to be successful in bringing all of our cultures into combined events like this one? We stand 90,000+ strong and about 100 of you showed up last night. 

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Get over yourself, Jackson".....

That's fine, I expect you to be defensive. But I am just looking out for our baby and you should be too. Downtown Lynn.... The New administration and Mayor's office.... Jamie Marsh and the Lynn Auditorium.... can only be as successful as we make them. It's up to us!

Now, get your ass online.... and order those Emerson and Lake tickets.

I wasn't there for the beginning slide show, McGee's speech or the Mayor's speech, but there are awesome pictures on the City's website as well.

I shouldn't even share these with you because you've been so bad, but here's what you missed ;-)


  1. I would of gone to support the mayor mostly. but I made a promise to be somewhere for a ceremony.

  2. You can lead a horse to water...

    You make it sound like an obligation for residents to go to downtown and patronize restaurants and events. It doesn't work that way. You can only get the word out to as many people as possible. They will decide if they want to come or not. If it's not something they want to do for whatever reason, you can promote it until your face turns blue.

    Not that this wasn't an event worth going to. On the other hand, I know you're only joking, but Emerson, Lake and Palmer is not something I would buy tickets for. I wouldn't go just for the sake of supporting the venue.

    The low turnout could have been caused by many things. Perhaps people didn't feel the urgency they felt when the earthquake had just happened. I hate to say it, but sometimes that's just human nature when it comes to supporting causes like this.

  3. Right! So one of you had a commitment and one of you wasn't interested in the event. I get things like that, but there were only 100 people there. Maybe a little more. I just expected more support for an event like this.

    And yes... I think it is a duty of Lynn's citizens to support it's downtown over other events. I believe it was Dan Cahill who said this during the debates for Councilor at Large. It's happening more and more. We are seeing tons of Lynners down here at the Museum events, Turbine, Blue Ox and RAW draws from everywhere.

    By the way, the whole post was a joke. Don't tell me I'm going to have to educate all of you on how to read me. Maybe I should go to video blogs on some of these so you can hear my tone.

    I have enough trouble trying to get Phil up to speed. ;-)


  4. i am not sure how the whole city feels, but maybe theres an unsaid sensitive matter

    1. we have many from haiti & dominican living here

    2. Haiti is among the four most important countries for drug transit to the United

    3. people were injured in earthquake

    4. people in lynn suffer from trying to rid drugs

    5. the biggest dealers here are who?

    6. drugs threaten Haiti's government, which lacks the capacity to fight international narcotics trafficking alone

  5. If this city is mostly hispanic,
    where were they last night?

  6. It looked 50/50 to me. What does your comment mean?

  7. I think they meant, if many in this city are from central and south America, there should be more than 50 there. The math shows there should of been around 30,000 there, almost half the population. wrong?/right?

  8. I don't actually know the current breakdown. There should have been more of all races at the event. I wonder if we have a reliable breakdown or if they are waiting for this 2010 census data for that.

  9. It was so nice out last night. Most people were at dinner on the beach! It was packed!

  10. I'm guilty. I was supposed to be in Rhode Island last night, but last minute exhaustion and a surprising flare up of allergies kept me at home. (I'm in RI today)

    I love the auditorium and want to see more successful events there. I still think Haiti is a great cause and it should not be allowed to fall out of fashion as a cause just because the media have moved on.

    Here's what I'm thinking may have contributed to the low turnout, though, and I sincerely hope people do not take it the wrong way:

    The auditorium is a great space. The concept for the benefit was great. But I'm not sure this benefit was a great match for the auditorium.

    One hundred people would have been a sold out, or at least packed show at Tatiana's, Blue Note, or other such establishment. If it were held at a place like that, Corey would be able to post about the throngs of people lining up to get in the door, and the crowd being able to dance and mingle.

    And I hope this doesn't upset any of the cool musicians who performed, some of whom I've met. It's not intended to. But, I'm not sure how I feel about seeing cover bands in a seated theatre, even if they're best cover bands in the world. I want to see them in an a more intimate space without seating, or at least less formal seating. People for whom the cause was incidental or secondary, would probably choose to see those bands somewhere else.

    But for the cause and to support the efforts, I would have gone if I had felt up to it, and if I wasn't supposed to be in RI.

    And the cause alone still should have brought out more people.

  11. While agree it is an event for all races, i am surprised it was not highly supported by its own, is my point. Is there is a lack of unity within its own culture?

    Maybe anon is right? The event was not close to the tragedy. Everyone has already given and contributed in so many ways, that the interest was exhausted?

    Maybe everyone was still hung over from all the parties this week? jk

    I personally feel there was a good turnout.

  12. And I should have added...

    Excellent photos!

  13. Thanks Seth.

    I think everyone on this post is right and maybe it was a good turnout, but I think the total number of people on stage and running the night probably equaled the audience. The venue for this type of event was awkward, now that I think about it.

    In any case, thanks for all the thoughts. I hope Emerson & Lake does ok. I'm not hearing too much buzz, like we did for Cosby.

  14. In discussing politics with a friend who works in international politics only, here is what they had to say:

    It is an interesting time to help the country.
    The problem is sending cash to troubled governments. Most of the money that has been sent to Haiti so far has been lost, because the government is corrupt. The best thing to do is send materials and food instead.
    Also, in this time, the people there who are in need will search for jobs with the drug cartels.

    If now is the time to help this country, we have to figure out a way to help its government.

  15. Personally, I have friends in Florida who run a non-profit that helps Haiti and has been helping the Haitian people for a long time. I financially supported that organization because I know what the money went to.

    A lot of the general fundraisers haven't fully disclosed where all of the money is going, so we chose to donate to an organization with a history, a knowledge of the people and how best to help, etc.

    My roommate in college was Haitian, and is now a published writer and successful woman. As is her sister. Her mother was a school teacher in Haiti, and most of the people in her family were successful, educated people.

    Although some are involved in illicit revenue streams in Haiti, the thought that people from Haiti shouldn't gain our support because of the drug trade would be like saying Lynn doesn't deserve support because of our city's problem with drugs. People are people. Without support, the drug trade will get worse!

    I think there were so many groups that were doing fundraisers, it is just impossible to support each event, as much as we would love to be able to!

    Also, I do not know many Haitian people who call themselves Hispanic, regardless of the history. They consider themselves Haitian. There was also an earthquake in Chile, and other catastrophic things going on all over in various countries where Lynners are coming from, so there are fundraisers going on all over the place, but the people from these countries are probably more likely to fund their families or organizations that are run from within their own ethnic community directly than go to fundraisers.

  16. i wanted to go, but do not have the money. it is sad when a measily 10 bucks seems like a hundred at the moment :(
    I wonder if the economy is hurting all of Lynn.

    good pointing out to send cash to trusting places. The other thing is Lynn isn't the source of narcotics nor is the politics corrupt? or is it?

  17. Anon-
    Sorry, I didn't mean to refer to Lynn as having problems equal to Haiti as far as the drug trade, etc., just that a lot of people dismiss Lynn because of the problems we have, without looking at the positive aspects of our city. In turn, all people from Haiti or anywhere else shouldn't be lumped into a negative category either. There are scholars, artists, hardworking parents, musicians, farmers, etc. = people in Haiti who do not deserve the negative rap of those who are in the drug trade. This is in response to another anon's post, who cited reasons which they believed may have been contributing factors to why people didn't show. These are just general statements, not meant to assume the poster actually feels any which way, or given as a rebuttal to stir a debate... just an observation and thought that came to mind from reading the posts.

  18. I am guilty for not being there too.

    August 15, 2004, in Athens Greece, the arena for the popular Olympic Gymnastics Competition was nearly empty. This was a first in history for the sport. The competition happen to fall on a Major Holiday, in a country of 99% Greek Orthodox.

    Same here last Friday, March 26. at 7:00pm I was down the street sitting in the pews of St. George's for another major holiday. We have run baskets for raising money for Haiti every Sunday.
    I also feel guilty for an other event I was invited to on April 3. This is the night before Easter...mAjOr church event- where even the non-church goers go to.

    Makes me wonder.. do we have an International Commission at Lynn City Hall? Shouldn't we for a lot of reasons????

    p.s. Jocelyn.. amen to having a lot of talent and positive things in Lynn. I'll be by the gallery this weekend. I couldn't go last one.


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