Member Update Summer 2010

August 5, 2010

Kalila and TRU members at the USSF in Detroit

Dear Members,

"Free-dom, Rid-ers! Free-dom, Rid-ers!"

After an 18-hour bus ride from Boston to Detroit, all 40 members of the ACE delegation were excited to join the opening march of the United States Social Forum (USSF). We came with the Northeast Freedom Rides, a group we helped organize that brought 250 people from the region to participate at the USSF in June. There, we met with fellow youth and adults organizing for strong public transit across the country, connected with folks working to build a sustainable green economy and protested the largest trash incinerator in the world!

We left feeling inspired and energized to continue our work at home and have been reflecting on the forum over the past month. I’d like to invite you to our report back on August 19, where we will share our experiences on the trip and open a discussion on how to continue this work for environmental justice. We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you for your support of ACE and the struggle for safer, healthier and greener communities for all!

With gratitude,



Kalila Barnett
Executive Director

In this issue:

Introducing TRU's Summer Organizing Interns

 Charail, Anthony, and Beverly

We’re pleased to introduce our three new T Riders Union (TRU) Summer Organizing Interns! Charail Premdas, Anthony Rivers and Beverly Adonis are learning about transit issues and working with our team of TRU members. Read more...

Residents secure two wins for clean air

Residents fighting the proposed power plant in Brockton

Residents of Brockton and West Bridgewater fighting a proposed fossil fuel power plant scored a major victory recently when the company dropped its plan to run the plant on diesel. Read more...

ESCO project: Good jobs, green communities

Our ESCO project will provide high quality green jobs for our communities

As part of ACE's work to create stable, quality green jobs in lower-income communities and communities of color, we are excited to bring on Katjana Ballantyne, the new Start-up Manager for the Boston Energy Services Company. Read more...

REEP raising funds for youth jobs at the lemonade stand

Youth call on Sour Scott for jobs funding

After Senator Scott Brown voted to cut funding for youth summer jobs this spring, REEP Youth opened a lemonade stand outside his office in May to raise funds for youth programming. Read more...

Thank you for making Jammin' for Justice a success!

ACE members Bobby, Nataka, Adam, and Jolie at Jammin'

On May 26, more than 350 people attended Jammin’ for Justice at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. The celebration honored people and organizations that have made achievements in the work for environmental justice over the past year. 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.