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Inequalities discussed in transit blog

April 15, 2008

We thought we’d take a moment to feature the No Free Transfer blog that posts updates on MBTA news and photographs of Boston train lines. An interesting post reviewed the opening of the Mattapan High Speed line, which used to be free but now charges $1.70 for a trip. While this line connects Mattapan residents to the Ashmont track of the Red Line, the MBTA does not offer a free transfer. For riders in lower-income Mattapan, this means paying double for every trip connecting to the subway, whereas riders of the Green, Red, Orange and Blue lines can transfer as much as they like, for free. Read more...

Immigration from a youth perspective

April 14, 2008

A new video by Sally Kohn at the Movement Vision Lab features the story of Juan, a bright and confident young man recently graduated from high school who fears he will soon be deported because he came to the United States when he was six years old. At two and a half minutes, Juan's interview highlights a U.S. immigration policy that lacks humanity and deprives bright and talented immigrants from fulfilling their dreams.

Watch the interview to hear Juan’s All-American story and read an essay Sally has written about immigration and the politics of fear. Read more…

CORI Reform Demonstration!

April 11, 2007

Today, students from campuses across Boston will be rallying for Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) at Park Street station. According to the open letter from Students for CORI Reform, current Massachusetts laws make it difficult for people with criminal records to get jobs, housing, credit and student loans. Enacting a fair CORI law "means stronger, safer communities for everyone."

Participants can sign a letter to their representatives and the Joint Committee for the Judiciary, asking them to report favorably and quickly on a comprehensive CORI reform bill. Read more...

Get a high-tech sound system and support ACE!

April 10, 2008

Are you a music-lover who supports environmental justice? Know someone who is? Here’s your chance to get a great discount on a sound system with 100 percent of the proceeds going to ACE. We have received a donation of a new Sonos sound system, valued at $1550 and on sale for $1200 until April 18.

The Sonos system will connect your iPod/MP3 player into a wireless stereo system that can play different music in multiple rooms simultaneously. It can also stream music or radio from the internet.

According to their website, "Sonos liberates the digital music on your home network and the Internet, wirelessly streaming any song, to any ZonePlayer, in any room. You can access music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or Network Attached Storage devices, plus Internet radio, subscriptions to select music services, and even music from your favorite CD or MP3 player." Read more...

Radical Organizing Conference videos posted

April 9, 2008

If you missed the Radical Organizing Conference (ROC), here’s your chance to catch a few videos from the conference. The first is a clip of the keynote speech by Boston city councilor Chuck Turner on the meaning of “radical organizing” and how it differs from other forms of organizing. Also check out a longer video by Jason Pramas that interviews eight local progressive activists and artists attending the conference.

Not to be missed is a short video documentary by ACE member Lisa Edwards on the history of the Roxbury community called Stop robbing our 'hood. Enjoy! Read more...

Get your copy today!

April 8, 2008

Have you received your copy of Building power for environmental justice, ACE’s 2007 Annual Report? This easy-to-read booklet features campaigns and victories that our members have helped us accomplish, alongside photos of this work in action. Learn how many riders would participate in a MBTA boycott or how many Boston high school students personally witness violence. Read about how our youth are working to combat air pollution in our neighborhoods and how our legal efforts are helping to establish new urban farms.

If you would like a copy, email us your mailing address and we will send one to you right away. Read more...

Will the new green economy be segregated?

April 7, 2008

In the greening of the new economy, society is becoming more aware of sustainability and global warming issues. But how will this affect lower-income communities of color? As Jeanne Guana, co-director of the Southwest Organizing Project puts it, "The environment, for us, is defined as where we live, work and play." Will our neighborhoods receive the benefits of this new economy or be excluded from it?

Environmental justice places the green movement into a social justice framework. We are advocating for green jobs that will employ people in our communities, and for new industries that do not dump on working class neighborhoods. Read more...

In Memoriam: John Deacon, transit advocate

April 4, 2008

The struggle for public transportation has lost one of its greatest advocates. John Deacon passed away on Sunday, March 30 at his home in Medford, Massachusetts. As a member of the Washington Street Corridor Coalition and the Sierra Club, John fought for projects that would bring great benefit to communities of color and working class neighborhoods throughout the Boston region. Whether it was light rail along Washington Street, the Arborway Restoration or the North-South Rail Link, John always stood for transportation justice.

John always made his vast historical knowledge and experience available to any group in need. His contributions to our struggle over the past 20 years are so numerous there is not adequate space to do them justice. John will be sorely missed and the best way to honor his legacy is to continue the work to which he devoted his life. Read more...

Roxbury residents work to clean up toxic lot

April 3, 2008

Community Works (CW) recently featured ACE in its seasonal newsletter as a great example of “social justice at work.” The newsletter praised our Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN) for recently fighting for a brownfield clean-up and development in nearby Highland Park, where residents of Hawthorne have been exposed to contaminants from illegal dumping.

Thanks to MEJAN’s talented attorneys, members of the Hawthorne Area Association are now equipped with a solid plan to stop this injustice and start the process of parcel remediation. We look forward to its safe and timely clean-up and development. Read more...

Youth hearing on summer jobs funding at City Hall

April 2, 2008

This afternoon at 4 p.m., the United Youth and Youth Workers of Boston will be testifying at the City Council Youth Affairs Committee Hearing. We will be making a presentation on how to end youth violence by investing in youth jobs, programs and street outreach.

As you may know, when the City cuts funding for youth, rates of violence escalate in our communities. It's time to put a stop to the tremendous numbers of young people dying. Come out to support our youth during this National Youth Violence Prevention Week. See the recent Globe article about work being done across the state. Read more...

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