“Unsung Hero” award honors ACE Board Chair

April 17, 2008

ACE Board Chair Bob Terrell

Great news! ACE Board Chair Robert Terrell won the 2008 Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award which honors "unsung heroes" who have made a difference in the community. The Boston Neighborhood Fellows Program "provides recognition and direct financial support to individuals of creativity, vision and leadership who work in community service in Greater Boston."

Bob is the Coordinator for On the Move Coalition, a group of organizations working for transit justice across the region. He has been a tireless advocate for transit issues in the communities we serve. Read more...

Dorchester residents block eviction and win!

April 16, 2008

CLVU housing rally

This morning’s City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) rally was a historic victory for housing justice. Around 75 people gathered in front of 200 Norfolk Street in Dorchester, where Wells Fargo Bank planned on evicting the Meyers families. That included four brothers and sisters, six children and a licensed day care center. Each household had offered to pay rent, but the bank refused to accept it. Alister Meyers had even offered to buy the building at full appraised value but the bank refused his offer and proceeded with the eviction process. CLVU, a Boston based community organization fighting for tenants’ rights, mobilized a rally and blockade to prevent the eviction from happening. A number of participants had agreed to risk arrest by blocking the entrance to the Meyers’ home with their bodies.

Luckily, Wells Fargo backed down after learning of the organizing efforts. The company has agreed to enter negotiations and will most likely sell the property to Alister Meyers at the appraised value. The rally anticipating confrontation became a celebration of victory, with reflections on the work ahead. Representative Willie May Allen spoke about her fight for legislation that would place a moratorium on foreclosures. Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner addressed the crowd on the importance of challenging the root causes of these evictions, and working toward a society where communities and people take precedence over profit margins. Read more...

Inequalities discussed in transit blog

April 15, 2008

We thought we’d take a moment to feature the No Free Transfer blog that posts updates on MBTA news and photographs of Boston train lines. An interesting post reviewed the opening of the Mattapan High Speed line, which used to be free but now charges $1.70 for a trip. While this line connects Mattapan residents to the Ashmont track of the Red Line, the MBTA does not offer a free transfer. For riders in lower-income Mattapan, this means paying double for every trip connecting to the subway, whereas riders of the Green, Red, Orange and Blue lines can transfer as much as they like, for free. Read more...

Immigration from a youth perspective

April 14, 2008

A new video by Sally Kohn at the Movement Vision Lab features the story of Juan, a bright and confident young man recently graduated from high school who fears he will soon be deported because he came to the United States when he was six years old. At two and a half minutes, Juan's interview highlights a U.S. immigration policy that lacks humanity and deprives bright and talented immigrants from fulfilling their dreams.

Watch the interview to hear Juan’s All-American story and read an essay Sally has written about immigration and the politics of fear. Read more…

CORI Reform Demonstration!

April 11, 2007

Today, students from campuses across Boston will be rallying for Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) at Park Street station. According to the open letter from Students for CORI Reform, current Massachusetts laws make it difficult for people with criminal records to get jobs, housing, credit and student loans. Enacting a fair CORI law "means stronger, safer communities for everyone."

Participants can sign a letter to their representatives and the Joint Committee for the Judiciary, asking them to report favorably and quickly on a comprehensive CORI reform bill. Read more...


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