ACE Blog

Residents defeat ethanol train proposal

November 15, 2013

Residents won a major victory when GP withdrew their ethanol train proposal.

En español

In July, we won a monumental EJ victory when Global Petroleum withdrew their proposal to transport millions of gallons of ethanol by train into Revere. For two and a half years, EJLS has provided pro bono legal assistance to Chelsea Creek Action Group to prevent mile-long trains from running through Greater Boston environmental justice communities with the highly dangerous substance.

Strong turnout for Rhode Island EJ Summit

November 15, 2013

En español

ACE members at the Rhode Island EJ Summit

Members and supporters of the New England EJ Forum came together last Saturday for the first Rhode Island EJ Summit, in our work to continue relationship building and share knowledge. Nearly 100 people participated to learn from community and enjoy delicious local food.

Workshop topics included sustainability, energy justice, food justice and racial profiling, strategies for healthy urban land and water, and a separate track for children ages 6 to 12. Participants created an EJ map of New England to show current and future work, past victories, and our favorite spots around New England. Other highlights included a panel and group discussion on resiliency to climate change and various spoken word and dance performances. The host, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, ran a low-waste event that included ferrying attendees up from the train station on a bus that runs on vegetable oil.

Annual Meeting 2013: Roots of Change

November 15, 2013

En español

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Meeting possible!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Annual Meeting: Roots of Change! We celebrated big victories this year, including a major win against ethanol trains, new community gardens and a cap on MBTA fare increases. Members voted to approve the next year of our strategic plan and continue our work for environmental justice.

This year’s meeting focused on creating solutions: We tackled EJ issues like transportation, housing and land, jobs and opportunity, and air quality. Using visuals to show what changes we wanted to see, we proposed solutions that would work for our communities.

We are also pleased to announce that four new members were elected to our Board of Directors! Congratulations to Mary Ann Babinski, Heather Catherwood, Mina Makarious and Lauren Richter. Thank you to our members, volunteers and supporters for making this event a success!

Support Westfield Concerned Citizens's walk across the state!

October 18, 2013

This month, members of Westfield Concerned Citizens (WCC) will be walking across Massachusetts to raise awareness for climate change and environmental justice, connect with communities working on EJ issues, and take action for green energy. WCC is a grassroots organization fighting a proposed fossil-fuel power plant in Westfield.

Our Environmental Justice Legal Services (EJLS) program is providing pro bono legal assistance to residents in this campaign. The Walk for Climate and Environmental Justice will also raise funds for ACE, New England Environmental Justice Forum and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

Transportation Forum Tonight

September 17, 2013

Tonight, find out how transit-friendly the mayoral candidates are at the Forum on Transportation & Livable Communities! Will our next mayor make affordable and accessible public transportation a priority and support rider issues like improved bus service and a Youth Pass?

Join us at the Boston Public Library in Copley to hear each candidate's ideas and priorities. This event is sponsored by many of our allies, including our coalition partner On the Move.

Please RSVP to get your free ticket and come early if you need seating. We are moving our monthly TRU meeting to Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. so members can attend the forum. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Copley branch
Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Will you be our next TRU intern?

September 17, 2013

Want to improve the MBTA? Work with our T Riders Union this fall as a TRU Organizing Intern!

We are also looking for a Resource Organizer to help with fundraising at ACE as well as Communications Interns.

"I've been a TRU Intern twice. I learned how to share knowledge, go out of my comfort zone and teach. I loved outreach on the bus. I also learned a lot about gardens and growing food in the city."

--Anthony Rivers, TRU Intern alum
(Outreaching in Dudley Square, on the right)

Volunteer at ACE this fall!

September 17, 2013

We're looking for volunteers to help with events and campaigns this fall. Drop by Member Wednesday Volunteer Nights to help with ongoing work and contact us if you'd like to set up another time to come by!

If you like event planning or are artistically inclined, ACE is participating in Roxbury Open Studios the weekend of October 4 to 6. We could use your help that weekend and in advance to make our first open studios a success!

On October 30, we will also need help at our Annual Meeting, like signing people in at the registration tables, serving dinner, taking photos and video and more. Please contact us if you're available. Thank you members!

Help shape environmental justice work

September 17, 2013

Join us at the next Member Meeting on September 25 to develop an environmental justice agenda for the coming year and prepare for our Annual Meeting on October 30.

We'll also hear a special presentation from ACE members in Westfield who are walking over 100 miles from October 19 to 25 to raise awareness for green energy, connect with communities working on energy efficiency issues, highlight local campaigns and take action for environmental justice.

Dinner, Spanish translation and childcare available. Please contact Lee to RSVP for translation and childcare in advance.

EJ Summit strengthens regional ties

August 28, 2013

En español

Last month, over 100 people from four states gathered at the New England Environmental Justice Summit in Worcester to tackle issues of climate justice and movement building. This was our second annual EJ Summit, bringing youth leaders, organizers, lawyers, public health professionals and residents together to learn and collaborate from each other.

We opened with a panel on regional EJ issues and the future of environmental justice, then held workshops on building multigenerational campaigns, responding to climate change and community organizing.

Increasing recycling for cleaner land and air

July 30, 2013

Trash transfer station

After a year-long campaign, our partnership with Clean Water Action convinced the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to tighten enforcement of state waste ban laws, which restrict certain materials from being burned or buried. In March, the DEP announced plans to hire three full-time waste ban inspectors who will begin reviewing processing procedures at trash transfer stations, landfills and incinerators to ensure that recyclable material is not thrown away. This is a dramatic improvement from current policies that allow companies to police themselves, in effect, by hiring their own inspectors.

Laws are in place to prevent recyclable materials from being dumped, but these laws are routinely ignored. For example, in 2011, the Howard Transfer Station in Roxbury accepted over 200,000 tons of solid waste, yet only 114 tons were diverted for containing banned material. That’s less than one percent, and it means that we’re burying and burning recyclables.