Member Update May 2010

May 19, 2010

Kalila and REEP at the May Day March in Chelsea

Dear Members,

You've helped make my first year as Director of ACE an exhilarating experience. Over the past 15 months, I saw first-hand how the energy, dedication and kindness of spirit of members like you have made this struggle for environmental justice possible.

You came out in the middle of winter to help weatherize an elderly woman's home in Dorchester. You collected hundreds of signed postcards from Roxbury residents asking for energy efficiency programs in the neighborhood—an initiative you helped win from the state! You've been with us every step of the way, from guiding our campaigns to posting shout-outs on our Facebook page to giving generously to ensure that this work continues.

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support. I hope you can make it to Jammin' for Justice next week—I would love to be able to say hello and thank you in person.

With gratitude,



Kalila Barnett
Executive Director

In this issue:

Member profile: Ryder Musselman

ACE Member Ryder Musselman, with and without beard

Last month, ACE Member Ryder Musselman won a beard-growing fundraiser at his workplace, Sovereign Consulting, and donated the proceeds to ACE. The contest lasted five long months, with Ryder and a co-worker declaring a tie at the end and splitting the proceeds between a local hospital and ACE. Read more...

You're invited to Jammin' for Justice!

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Join hundreds of fellow ACE supporters as we celebrate environmental justice victories over the past year! Read more...


Hundreds of young people rally for youth jobs

Rallying to stop youth violence (Photo courtesy Lucy Montgomery)

Last month, REEP Youth Organizers and REEP students from Odyssey High School joined over 1,000 young people to march from Boston City Hall to the State House asking legislators to restore budget cuts to youth summer jobs and programming. Read more...

TRU Members stand with transit workers

TRU Members rallying for funding public transit

On May 4, TRU Members rallied downtown against cutting federal funds for public transit, alongside the Carmen’s Union and Keep America Moving Coalition. Slashing funds for the MBTA will hurt workers and put riders at risk in a system already struggling with decrepit equipment and an $8 billion debt burden. Read more...

Introducing new REEP Youth and Organizers!

REEP Youth Organizers and members

This spring at ACE brings a fresh new crew of youth leaders in our REEP Program. Welcome to Nechalye Bailey-Cribbs, Dakeria Fulks, Melissa Lopez Henriquez, Davonte Jordan, Whitney Ogbesoyen, Modesto Sanchez, Keara Sierra and Hakim Sutherland! Read more...


ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has a right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities.