Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is committed to working with our members to develop their skills so that they are able to organize and advocate for environmental justice in their communities. The Housing Justice program at ACE is seeking a temporary, part-time Organizing Intern for four months, February through May 2018. Roxbury residents are strongly encouraged to apply.
The T Riders Union/ Transportation Justice organizing program at Alternatives for Community and Environment is a voice for transit dependent riders in the Boston area and will continue the fight for transit affordability, reliability and accessibility. Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is committed to working with our members to develop their skills so that they are able to organize and advocate for environmental justice in their communities.
Sign on to Support the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act!
It is a fundamental human right, and part of the Massachusetts State Constitution, that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and live in a clean and healthful environment. Despite this, low-income communities and communities of color are more likely than wealthy, predominantly white neighborhoods to be in the shadows of dirty power plants, garbage incinerators, leaking landfills, and other obvious dangers to public health.
Want to join us in the Movement for Environmental Justice?
We are Hiring for a Bookkeeper / Office Manager. This critical position will be involved in making sure the day-to-day workings of the office run smoothly and support all our organizers and members in carrying out our campaigns and projects. From managing our expenses, to human resouces to office systems, this person will help make it all happen! Are you interested in filling that role?
The Move to Zero-Waste has begun!
New State-wide Environmental Justice Policy Issued
The Secretariat of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) released in February, at long last, a revised Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. It can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/eea/ej/2017-environmental-justice-policy.pdf
June 1, 2016
The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board will be deciding the future of our Youth Pass on Monday, June 6. We need your support to make sure the program becomes permanently accessible for youth in our region!
Data from the first year of our pilot program shows what young people have been saying all along: Affordable public transportation dramatically increases access to education, work, healthcare and other activities. Participants ages 19 to 21 rode the MBTA two-thirds more with a Youth Pass, while trips by out-of-school youth ages 18 and under doubled.
These extra trips were primarily made during off-peak hours (not during rush hour), which means unused seats are getting filled without any strain on service. During the school year, the most frequent destination for participants was class, followed by work. In the summer, the number one use of the pass was to get to work, followed by errands, school, extracurricular activities like volunteering, family responsibilities and more.
Further, the program was proven affordable and effective: The pilot results show that the costs to the T are much less than anticipated and that our MBTA-city partnerships are successful at distributing the passes. Participating cities are supportive (see comments from Boston, Chelsea and Malden) and despite some concern, the program experienced no instances of fraud.
June 1, 2016
We had a wonderful evening with members, partners and allies celebrating our work together for environmental justice. Your support means that this year, we will continue the fight to make the Youth Pass a permanent MBTA fare category, grow food on reclaimed land, organize with Roxbury residents for our #Right2Remain, and so much more.
Congratulations again to our 2016 EJ Awardees: Grow or Die gardeners Altha Henderson and Teresa Senices, The Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, and the Equity, Public Transit & Health Access Project. We applaud your leadership and dedication.
There's still time to donate! If you weren't able to attend Jammin' this year or if you would like to make another contribution to help us meet our goals, please give today and consider becoming a monthly donor to help sustain this work.
The fate of our MBTA Youth Pass will be determined in the next few weeks. Just over 10 months ago, we held a ribbon cutting to launch our Youth Pass pilot with representatives from the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Malden and Somerville, and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. At the time, Secretary Pollack said it was up to organizers to keep pressure on her to make this a reality.
It's now time to do just that and push for the Youth Pass to be a permanent fare category at upcoming MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) meetings. Data from the pilot shows that the program is effective and affordable, and has opened access for youth riders in need. Our municipal partners have proven to be effective administers of the program, which has had no instances of fraud.
"I have more freedom to use the T now, I'm not worried, like, Oh, I don't have money on my T Pass. I can go and use the bus and take the train because it's unlimited. So, it's really good and a big difference," said Larissa Williams, a Youth Pass pilot participant. "When you're struggling with money also, it's really helpful, so I think that it would be a good idea to keep it."
We are also asking for a 60-day extension of the Youth Pass pilot, from July 1 to August 31. This will cover the gap between the end of the pilot on June 30 to September 1, when fare vending machines will begin offering Student (and potentially Youth) Passes.
To improve the program, we need to expand the eligibility range beyond age 21 to include low-income youth up to age 25. Currently, the pilot is available to youth ages 12 to 18 without restriction and to low-income youth ages 19 to 21. Expanding the range responds to the demonstrated need cited by municipal partners and better aligns the pass with workforce and healthcare programs.
"We are asking for your support for these youth. Not saying we are all one, but united we stand, divided we fall," said Youth Pass campaign leader Trae Weekes. "We share similar challenges and one of those youth at risk of losing this opportunity may be your family, or your friend, or even you yourself."
Join us for our Toxic Tour of Dudley Square and learn about the history of environmental justice in our home neighborhood. Toxic Tours are great for students, teachers, community organizations, faith-based groups, public health professionals and anyone interested in EJ organizing.
"The electroplating factory and piles of rubble were obvious health risks to students at the nearby middle schools and daycare, yet the management of the factory and construction agency did nothing to help or warn the population...I could not believe that somebody could care so little about the safety of a large population.
The other specific moment that impacted me the most was when [ACE staff] asked us if those events outlined above could happen in the places where we live. That moment was the first time I fully realized how real environmental racism is."
--C.B., Milton Academy student
Tours usually last about two hours and we are happy to work with your group's specific needs. In exchange, we ask for a sliding scale honorarium to support this work. See more details and contact us to schedule a tour.