Worcester Weekly: Julius Jones talk + 5 more things to do, Feb. 14-20

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Wednesday, Feb. 17 — “Escalating Inequality and Race — Black Lives Matter” workshop/lecture, 7-9 p.m., Unitarian-Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden St. Julius Jones is a man familiar with standing out front. Maybe you’ve seen him in Kelley Square … or having a tete-a-tete last August with Bernie Sanders’ future VP.

As a leader of the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter, that close encounter of the Hillary kind led to national attention, including a spot on Comedy Central’s pseudo-news magazine “The Nightly Show.” Heck, back in 2011, he was an aspiring John Legend featured in Pulse.

The thing is, Jones should be known for his work with the Worcester Roots Project, where he’s been co-director since August 2014. The group lives up to its credo — “sprouting up cooperatively owned and green initiatives for social and environmental justice” — with projects like Diggers Co-op and building a state-of-the-art community aquaponic greenhouse.

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