How will green jobs benefit our communities?

April 25, 2008

Due to the influence of scholar/activists like Van Jones, "green-collar jobs" has become a buzz phrase. But to what extent will this mixture of environmental activism and corporate America help to revitalize underprivileged communities across the U.S.?

Aaron Tanaka of the Boston Workers' Alliance has recently published an article describing some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the green jobs industry, and how that relates to Dr. King's vision for the abolition of poverty. Tananka writes, "We should ask whether CO2 reduction would simply add to the coffers of large corporations, or whether green collar jobs can represent real pathways out of poverty." Read more...

Chelsea River Revel

ACE partner Chelsea Collaborative will host their annual outdoor 5k run and celebration with food, drink, and free music as well as tabling by community groups on June 14th.

For more information on the event, contact the Collaborative at

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!

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...

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