Member Update Winter 2013

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Winter 2013

Dear Members,

Kalila at Jammin' for Justice 2012

I’m excited to announce that 2013 marks ACE’s 20th anniversary!

This milestone gives us a chance to reflect on our accomplishments, progress and challenges, and bring this learning to the work for environmental justice in our communities.

I also want to thank you for your support over the past two decades. With your help, we’ve achieved major victories in the fight for clean air, first-class public transportation and healthy neighborhoods, and we’re proud to commemorate 20 years together.

We’d love to have your input in planning this year-long celebration: We’re looking for members to join our 20th Anniversary Committee and be involved in a number of other ways, like sharing your favorite ACE photos and stories with us. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you for making 20 years of environmental justice possible.

With gratitude,



Kalila Barnett
Executive Director

In this issue:

Stanley Gourgue, REEP Youth Organizer

REEP Youth Organizer Stanley Gourgue

My name is Stanley, and I’m a senior at Josiah Quincy Upper. I live in the South End and like to talk, watch sports and go to actions. My friend Dacia introduced me to REEP, and I came to a member meeting and had fun so I started coming more and more. Now I’m a Youth Organizer. Read more...

Six new bills to fix transportation in MA

Public Transit-Public Good campaign launch

In 2012, we called on the governor and Legislature to save the T and fully fund transportation in the commonwealth. Now, as elected officials are responding, we have an opportunity to ensure an affordable and accessible transit system both for ourselves and for future generations. Read more...

Fighting to stop diesel pollution

Join REEP at our DERO hearing on December 18, 2012!

This month, our Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) is holding "Try'N 2 Catch R Breath" actions in Dudley Square to raise community awareness of the link between health problems and diesel pollution from development projects. Last week, Youth Organizers took to the streets for a dance-off against diesel, publicizing why we need a Diesel Emissions Reduction Ordinance (DERO) in Boston. Read more...

Expanding access to home weatherizations

Green Justice Coalition at the DPU

This month, we reached a new milestone in our energy efficiency work with the Green Justice Coalition (GJC) when the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) agreed that existing programs are not accessible to lower-income homeowners and renters and approved some of our recommendations to remedy this inequity.

TRU members win solar-powered bus stop light

Members with solar light at Admiral's Hill

In December, the Admiral’s Hill solar bus stop light won by Chelsea TRU members in winter 2011 was finally installed by the MBTA, after preliminary work began in May 2012. This light is the latest victory on our campaign to improve Route 112. Read more...

You're invited to Member Wednesdays!

First Member Meeting of 2013

Starting this winter, we are inviting youth and adult members for game nights, volunteer nights and member meetings every Wednesday. Read more...


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