Advocacy Day for Workers and Immigrants

April 29, 2008

With May Day nearly upon us, don't just show your support for immigrant causes in the streets of Boston - take the next step and head to the State House! The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) plans to continue the momentum generated on May 1 by sponsoring a Advocacy Day for Workers and Immigrants on Wednesday, May 7.

Arrive at the Mass State House at 10:00 a.m. and head to hearing room A-1, where MIRA representatives will be presenting their new report, entitled "New Workers, New Voters" and lobbying Greater Boston legislators to support budget priorities such as Domestic Violence Prevention, Adult Basic Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Read more...

Gentrification in Chinatown today

April 28, 2008

Chinatown

Chinatown is one of the fastest growing communities in Boston. Over the last ten years, the neighborhood has seen dramatic change. Despite the growth, issues of gentrification, job opportunities, and immigration still affect Chinatown today. Local day laborers hang around, waiting for restaurants to hire them for a days work. Because of language barriers, many residents lack the skills and resources to land jobs elsewhere.

This jeopardizes their living standards since the many new luxury high rises base rents on the average income ($20,000-35,000) of Boston. The actual average income for Chinatown is only $15,000. Read more...

Member Game Night

ACE Member Game Night!

It's time once again to get together, share some food and have some fun. Bring yourself, your family and friends, and any games you'd like to play. We will also have karaoke!

Thursday, May 8
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

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