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The fight for just and affordable housing continues!

April 15, 2016

In March, we joined with our partners in Right to the City - Boston to stop the eviction of a family in Dudley Square by a management group that has been using massive rent increases to remove long-time tenants.

ACE members and supporters gathered in front of 9-15 Ruggles Street where Felicha Young and her family have been fighting a no-fault eviction served by Advanced Property Management (APM). With strong organizing by City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) and legal representation from Greater Boston Legal Services, Felicha won an extension in court to stay in her home.

Despite Felicha being a reliable tenant for more than 16 years, APM and The Mayo Group want to force her out to renovate the building for much higher rents. APM has refused to negotiate even when residents were open to reasonable increases, resulting in 10 of the building's 15 families being pushed into Boston's increasingly expensive housing market, with eviction threats hanging over the rest.

Congrats to our EJ Awardees!

April 15, 2016

As part of our annual celebration, Jammin' for Justice, we recognize people and groups for outstanding work that furthers environmental justice. We are happy to announce the recipients of our 2016 EJ Awards. Congratulations to:

We look forward to sharing their work with you at Jammin' on Monday, May 23 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.

Run a 5K for EJ!

April 15, 2016

Join us for a family-friendly run to raise funds for ACE and Boston Climate Action Network (BCAN). The 5K run begins at 9:00 a.m. with a kids' run and family walk at 9:30 a.m. The run will not be timed. Costumes are welcome!

Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5K
9:30 a.m. - Kids run/family walk

Jamaica Pond Boathouse
507 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Register today: $28 per person in advance, $33 at the event. Youth 12 and under are free.

Thank you to Sazama Real Estate for hosting the event. If you are interested in co-sponsoring or donating, please contact Samantha.

Help us kick off the gardening season

April 15, 2016

It's time to get our gardens ready for planting! We have two opportunities this month to plug into our Grow or Die campaign and see how youth and residents have transformed vacant lots into thriving community gardens.

Magnolia Street Garden Clean-Up
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Intersection of Magnolia Street and Woodford Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Ellington Street Garden Clean-Up
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

104 Ellington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121

#FightTheHike Accountability Action on Monday

March 7, 2016

It's all come down to this: On Monday, March 7, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) will be voting on whether to increase fares. 

Please join us at 1:00 p.m. at the Transportation Building to hold the FMCB accountable!

These hikes will disproportionately hurt youth, seniors, people of color and low-income riders. Student and Youth Passes could be raised as much as 23.1 percent, bus passes 19.5 percent and THE RIDE and senior fares 10.3 percent.

Compare these to the average raise on the commuter rail - a service that predominately services wealthier suburban communities - from 3.9 percent in the MBTA's lower proposal to 6.3 percent in the higher proposal (some hikes as low as zero percent in both scenarios).

Hearing on Just Cause Eviction coming up

March 7, 2016

Join us on Monday, March 14, at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall to prevent the displacement of low-income families from our neighborhoods. City councilors will be discussing our Just Cause Eviction policy and we need your support to show the importance of these tenant protections.

With Right to the City - Boston, we held a city-wide assembly and march, received recognition from Mayor Marty Walsh and support from several city councilors, and stood with neighbors facing no-fault evictions in our community. Now, it's time to come out and ask our elected officials to defend our right to remain.

#FightTheHike: Championship Round

February 26, 2016

We need your support to save the MBTA and keep fares and passes affordable for riders. In the next two weeks, the entity tasked with overseeing the T, the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), will be discussing and voting on proposals to raise fares by 6.71 and 9.77 percent, and monthly passes by as much as 23.1 percent.

Making EJ Connections

February 2, 2016

Watch: EJ analysis of Flint water poisoning

Check out the most recent episode of WGBH's Basic Black to see our Executive Director Kalila Barnett discuss the environmental justice crisis in Flint, Michigan, where government officials have poisoned city residents with lead-contaminated drinking water for over a year.

Sign: Stop the hikes!

Sign our petition to reject fare increases on the MBTA and support sustainable, long-term investment in the system. We have over 400 supporters already - add your name, share it with your friends, and stay tuned for updates!

Attend: Help connect residents to legal and technical assistance

Save the date: On Monday, March 7, we will be joining with Prince Lobel Tye LLP and Anderson & Kreiger LLP to celebrate the work of our Environmental Justice Legal Services program and Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN). Join us to support legal services for EJ groups in our state and beyond.

Save the Date: Jammin' for Justice 2016

February 2, 2016

You're invited to Jammin' for Justice, our annual fundraiser and celebration! It's time to get together to enjoy dinner and drinks and connect with the ACE community as we raise funds to support the next year of work.

Monday, May 23, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

We hope you'll join us! Stay tuned for ticket sales. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Translation and childcare is available with RSVP.

Want to help with out? There are plenty of ways to support Jammin' that make a big impact:

Become a host: As a host, you set a personal fundraising goal and invite family and friends to join you in supporting ACE. Hosts play a crucial and fun role in making the event a success!

Sponsor Jammin': Sponsorships provide great visibility for your business or organization and show the community that you support environmental justice.

Donate a silent auction item: Do you have a talent for homemade crafts? Got a connection to some local businesses? Let us know if you have an item you'd like to donate!

Volunteer: We'd love to have your help as event staff and at volunteer nights this spring. See our calendar for upcoming opportunities.

For more information on hosting, sponsoring, donating and volunteering at the event, email John or call (617) 442-3343 x231.

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