Member Update October 2010

October 28, 2010

Kalila and TRU members at ACE

Dear Members,

We've come a long way with your help!

Ten years ago, in the middle of a heated campaign countering fare hikes, members of our fledgling T Riders Union (TRU) had to hold a sit-in at the Governor's office before the MBTA would return our calls. Since then, people like you have helped us grow this movement for transit justice and have made TRU a force to be reckoned with.

Over the years, members have consistently demanded a first-class public transit system that serves riders equally across neighborhoods and is run by people who actually ride the system. This spring, we finally got an MBTA General Manager, Richard Davey, who rides the T on a daily basis—and in a personal phone call to TRU the day before his appointment, he pledged to work with us to make improvements. In August, Davey attended TRU's Roxbury/Dorchester meeting to hear directly from ACE members, and will also meet with members next month in Chelsea.

While there's still a long way to go, we've been able to make real changes that benefit riders, from free bus-to-bus transfers to installing bus shelters in Chelsea to putting bike racks on buses. Members like you have shown that the sky's the limit when we come together—making the next 10 years full of exciting possibilities. I'd like to invite you to our Annual Meeting on December 16, where we'll decide our plans for the coming year and elect members to our Board of Directors. Right now, we're working with members to develop these plans—please contact us to get involved.

Thank you for all you do for environmental justice. I hope to see you this December!

With gratitude,

Kalila and TRU members


Kalila Barnett
Executive Director

In this issue:

Member Profile: Larissa Sloan


I got involved with ACE because my high school had a graduation requirement of 100 hours of community service. I had to pick a problem and find a solution. I picked the MBTA because I’m a student who always rides the T. As a student, it’s not easy because the conductors and people in charge stereotype us as rowdy teens who leave school all riled up. I was tired of bus drivers driving by me. Read more...

Take a stand for our communities!

Vote NO on Questions 1, 2, & 3!

Vote NO on Questions 1, 2 and 3!
In just one week, Massachusetts residents will face three ballot questions that threaten to cut funding and services for our communities. Please vote NO on Questions 1, 2, and 3! Read more...

ACE members welcome MBTA General Manager to TRU meeting

REEP Youth Organizer Keara talks to the T General Manager

After years of organizing for a public transit system that is accountable to riders, ACE Members got the General Manager of the MBTA to attend last month's T Riders' Union (TRU) meeting to address concerns face-to-face. Read more...

Residents working for wetland restoration

Residents are organizing to turn the former Hess site into a wetland

For the past three years, residents of Chelsea and East Boston have been working to transform a former Hess Oil tank site into a wetlands habitat to support migratory birds and provide local green space and waterfront access. Read more...

Hundreds gather for Community Action Forum

ACE Organizing Director Khalida Smalls speaks at the Community Forum

On September 22, over 400 residents and union members gathered at a forum in Jamaica Plain to ask utility companies to implement their energy efficiency programs equitably. Sponsored by the Green Justice Coalition (GJC), the event brought state officials, utility representatives and residents together to learn about challenges in accessing these programs and ways to make improvements. Read more...

Join us at ACE's Annual Meeting 2010!

ACE board members at last year's Annual Meeting

Each fall members, ACE staff, supporters, and youth come together to celebrate the achievements of the past year and decide on the environmental justice work for the next year. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place on December 16, 2010. 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.