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Housing Justice Spring Internship!

Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is committed to working with our members to develop their skills so that they are able to organize and advocate for environmental justice in their communities. The Housing Justice program at ACE is seeking a temporary, part-time Organizing Intern for four months, February through May 2018. Roxbury residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Transit Justice Spring Internship!

The T Riders Union/ Transportation Justice organizing program at Alternatives for Community and Environment is a voice for transit dependent riders in the Boston area and will continue the fight for transit affordability, reliability and accessibility. Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is committed to working with our members to develop their skills so that they are able to organize and advocate for environmental justice in their communities.

Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act H.2913 / S.426

Sign on to Support the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act! 

Overview

It is a fundamental human right, and part of the Massachusetts State Constitution, that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and live in a clean and healthful environment. Despite this, low-income communities and communities of color are more likely than wealthy, predominantly white neighborhoods to be in the shadows of dirty power plants, garbage incinerators, leaking landfills, and other obvious dangers to public health.

We Are Hiring!

Want to join us in the Movement for Environmental Justice?

We are Hiring for a Bookkeeper / Office Manager. This critical position will be involved in making sure the day-to-day workings of the office run smoothly and support all our organizers and members in carrying out our campaigns and projects. From managing our expenses, to human resouces to office systems, this person will help make it all happen! Are you interested in filling that role?

Support a permanent Youth Pass!

June 1, 2016

The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board will be deciding the future of our Youth Pass on Monday, June 6. We need your support to make sure the program becomes permanently accessible for youth in our region!

Data from the first year of our pilot program shows what young people have been saying all along: Affordable public transportation dramatically increases access to education, work, healthcare and other activities. Participants ages 19 to 21 rode the MBTA two-thirds more with a Youth Pass, while trips by out-of-school youth ages 18 and under doubled.

These extra trips were primarily made during off-peak hours (not during rush hour), which means unused seats are getting filled without any strain on service. During the school year, the most frequent destination for participants was class, followed by work. In the summer, the number one use of the pass was to get to work, followed by errands, school, extracurricular activities like volunteering, family responsibilities and more.

Further, the program was proven affordable and effective: The pilot results show that the costs to the T are much less than anticipated and that our MBTA-city partnerships are successful at distributing the passes. Participating cities are supportive (see comments from Boston, Chelsea and Malden) and despite some concern, the program experienced no instances of fraud.

Thank you for supporting Jammin' for Justice!

June 1, 2016

We had a wonderful evening with members, partners and allies celebrating our work together for environmental justice. Your support means that this year, we will continue the fight to make the Youth Pass a permanent MBTA fare category, grow food on reclaimed land, organize with Roxbury residents for our #Right2Remain, and so much more.

Congratulations again to our 2016 EJ Awardees: Grow or Die gardeners Altha Henderson and Teresa Senices, The Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, and the Equity, Public Transit & Health Access Project. We applaud your leadership and dedication.

There's still time to donate! If you weren't able to attend Jammin' this year or if you would like to make another contribution to help us meet our goals, please give today and consider becoming a monthly donor to help sustain this work.

Thank you to our hosting team, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who came and gave to Jammin' this year. Be sure to check out photos from the event, and thank you for all you do!

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