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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...

Climate change & climate justice event

April 1, 2008

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Beverly Wright (Xavier University and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice) and Ted Glick (U.S. Climate Emergency Council and the Climate Crisis Coalition) will speak on behalf of their work in environmental justice.

Climate Change, Climate Justice Series at Tufts University

Thursday, April 3
Reception from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Rabb Room Lincoln Filene
Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Braker 01
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Building a park on contaminated soil?

March 31, 2008

Over in Illinois, Mayor Daley thinks that Chicago should be a green city, with two acres of open space for every 1,000 residents. The reality is that many lower-income communities lack basics such as trees and grass and don’t have the amount of land to realize that goal. In the neighborhood of Little Village, coal burning power plants have polluted the air for years. Many city officials have agreed that the area should be greener but even securing a neighborhood park has dragged on for almost a decade. Read more...

A movement towards equity

March 28, 2008

Just two weeks ago, 60 Massachusetts advocates, activists, academics and policymakers convened in New Orleans to join a national conversation about social and economic equity with 1,800 colleagues. Equity 08: The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice and Smart Growth was an opportunity to engage in strategy workshops, panelist presentations and share successes in a city where inequitable policy and its tragic effects has underlined the urgency of such conferences.

Participants viewed an award-winning new documentary film about Katrina produced by Danny Glover who also spoke afterwards. Before the diverse crowd of attendees, Angela Glover Blackwell, the CEO of Policylink, declared the crystallization of an Equity Movement. Read more...

But what about the buses?

March 26, 2008

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported on the MBTA's $3.75 billion capital investment program to be implemented over the next five years. Planned improvements consist mainly of maintaining the current system as opposed to expansion, from inspecting tunnels and bridges to making current subway stations more accessible.

We are concerned with the amount of the funds designated for the bus system. Bus riders make up 30 percent of the T's ridership, but are only being given 12 percent of the overall budget. (The Globe sites bus funding at 15 percent, but that figure lumps in other transit projects like The RIDE.) Read more...

Radical Organizing Conference this Saturday!

March 25, 2008

The Radical Organizing Conference (ROC) brings together change makers to build relationships, common understanding and united strategies to make radical social change for our communities. Join us at the fourth ROC for exciting workshops, new ideas and activist trainings.

Saturday, March 29
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at SEIU 1199, 150 Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester

by the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line

Keynote speaker: Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. Read more...

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