Toxic Tour of Dudley Square

Join ACE in visiting sites of past and current injustices around our home neighborhood -- Dudley Square.

This event is open to all and is a great time for individuals and groups interested in learning more about ACE's work as well as those already engaged in it to come by and say hi!

Introducing ACE member Naomi Spector

April 24, 2008

Ever wonder who writes some of our blogs? Meet Naomi Spector, an ACE volunteer since last fall who has come in on a weekly basis to help out. She is an excellent writer and we are so lucky to have her be a part of the ACE family. Thanks for all your hard work Naomi!

By Naomi Spector, ACE member

I have been a volunteer at ACE for several months now, as part of an independent study in science at my high school in Brookline. I became interested in social justice issues at a young age and began working last year with Centro Presente, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Latin American immigrant community. At Centro I teach citizenship classes in Spanish for people who wish to pass the naturalization exam, an experience that has opened my eyes to the obstacles, hardships and sometimes injustices that so many in our community face. Read more...

Local Aramark employees rally for health care

April 23, 2008

Rene at UNITE rally

More than 500 UNITE-HERE Local 26 union members and allies rallied in front of Hynes Convention Center yesterday in solidarity with convention center workers currently fighting for a fair contract with Aramark, a national food service corporation. Aramark employees at Hynes are the only workers unionized through Local 26 who still are not provided health care or a pension. They have also worked without a contract for the past four months. They are now demanding the same treatment that their fellow workers receive in comparable positions from hotels and restaurants across Massachusetts.

Workers and allies held a picket line in front of the convention center for nearly two hours, chanting "Si, Se Puede!" and "No Contract, No Peace!" to the beat of an impromptu four-drum band. At its peak, the crowd nearly enveloped the entire block with a sea of red UNITE-HERE T-shirts. Read more...

4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

The 4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration is the only national conference focused on the goals and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration.

The five-day, climate-neutral Conference will explore the state-of-the-art in all aspects and scales of restoration, and will be comprised of field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and a Restoration EXPO. Keynote Speeches will be from Dr. Nick Spitzer, Michael Grunwald, and Dr. Eric Higgs.

Earth Day Action: Call your senator!

April 22, 2008

Have you taken action to help pass the Diesel Bill in Massachusetts? The Diesel Bill will require diesel fleets to retrofit - install affordable pollution control equipment - on trucks to cut emissions by 90 percent. As a member of the Massachusetts Diesel Pollution Solution Coalition, ACE is working to reduce pollution in our neighborhoods that can lead to diseases like asthma. See this new video for footage of the work youth across the region are doing to pass the Diesel Bill.

Handel Dixon speaks at Diesel Emissions Demonstration

Today, REEP Youth Organizer Handel Dixon (also featured in the video) met with Senator Jack Hart (Diesel Bill Sponsor), representatives of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and youth from Chelsea and East Boston as part of the Youth Lobby Day to discuss this legislation. Stay tuned for updates on the bill's progress and turn your sets to Fox25 this Thursday at 10 and 11 p.m. for a story on diesel emissions in our home neighborhood of Roxbury. Please pick up the phone today - a simple call to your senator will help ensure clean air for all our communities. Read more...


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