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Who we are

Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is a neighborhood based, environmental justice and transit-oriented development nonprofit.

We organize Roxbury residents and work with community organizers locally, statewide and nationally to build platforms and offer resources that address systemic injustice. We work directly within the frontline communities that are most impacted bringing critical solutions that include advocacy, organizing, legal and regulatory campaigns.  ACE is the first environmental justice nonprofit organization in Massachusetts and has defended the rights of Roxbury residents for over 25 years.

Mission

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.
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Principles

Alternatives for Communities & Environment centers all of its work on the Jemez and Environmental Justice principles which establish a global commitment to Justice across race, ethnicity, culture, and national origin, such that we empower an intergenerational community.

The people most impacted by environmental and transit racism and displacement guide all aspects of ACE’s work, therefore. Each member of staff is an active organizer, working to make Roxbury a healthier and safer place to live, work, play, and pray.
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Vision

Systemic change means moving beyond solving problems one by one to eliminating the root causes of environmental injustice. ACE is anchoring a movement of people who have been excluded from decision-making to confront power directly and demand fundamental changes that protect in the intergenerational longevity of protected classes, so together we can achieve our right to a healthy environment.
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Values & Culture

Build equality and a community that works, lives and supports the growth of the next generation together. We are impactful, respectful, conscientious, compassionate.

We envision a neighborhood in which the entire neighborhood comes together to address the needs of their families and communities with self-determined value and conviction. Families are economically and financially self-sufficient, contributors to their community at the level they are comfortable.

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