Will the new green economy be segregated?

April 7, 2008

In the greening of the new economy, society is becoming more aware of sustainability and global warming issues. But how will this affect lower-income communities of color? As Jeanne Guana, co-director of the Southwest Organizing Project puts it, "The environment, for us, is defined as where we live, work and play." Will our neighborhoods receive the benefits of this new economy or be excluded from it?

Environmental justice places the green movement into a social justice framework. We are advocating for green jobs that will employ people in our communities, and for new industries that do not dump on working class neighborhoods. Read more...

Boston Steps Consortium

Boston Steps is part of national Effort to reduce the burden of: Diabetes, Overweight and obesity, Asthma, and Tobacco Through
increasing Physical Activity Nutrition/healthy eating and Reducing Tobacco use/exposure. The Boston Steps target area is where the burden of the above conditions is the highest Roxbury, Dorchester, and JP among others.

In Memoriam: John Deacon, transit advocate

April 4, 2008

The struggle for public transportation has lost one of its greatest advocates. John Deacon passed away on Sunday, March 30 at his home in Medford, Massachusetts. As a member of the Washington Street Corridor Coalition and the Sierra Club, John fought for projects that would bring great benefit to communities of color and working class neighborhoods throughout the Boston region. Whether it was light rail along Washington Street, the Arborway Restoration or the North-South Rail Link, John always stood for transportation justice.

John always made his vast historical knowledge and experience available to any group in need. His contributions to our struggle over the past 20 years are so numerous there is not adequate space to do them justice. John will be sorely missed and the best way to honor his legacy is to continue the work to which he devoted his life. Read more...

Roxbury residents work to clean up toxic lot

April 3, 2008

Community Works (CW) recently featured ACE in its seasonal newsletter as a great example of “social justice at work.” The newsletter praised our Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN) for recently fighting for a brownfield clean-up and development in nearby Highland Park, where residents of Hawthorne have been exposed to contaminants from illegal dumping.

Thanks to MEJAN’s talented attorneys, members of the Hawthorne Area Association are now equipped with a solid plan to stop this injustice and start the process of parcel remediation. We look forward to its safe and timely clean-up and development. Read more...

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