April 30, 2009
What a busy couple of months it's been! There has been a lot of work going on at ACE that we'll update you on soon. In the meantime, here are some wise words for you to enjoy, adapted from a speech our previous Director Penn Loh gave at his farewell party on March 4.
13 Lessons I learned at ACE
by Penn Loh
On January 22, 1996 I started my journey at ACE, as our fifth staff person.
As Research and Development Director, I was the first dedicated fundraising staff with half of my time spent on grantwriting and donor fundraising, while the other half was spent supporting all the programs with technical and research assistance.
When our co-founders stepped down in 1998 and hired a new Executive Director, I became the Associate Director. Then, at the end of 1999, I was appointed Director. Read more...
March 9, 2009
Bake Sale for the MBTA
Monday, March 9, 2009
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
In front of the State House
Rain, snow or shine.
February 23, 2009
At a press conference on Friday, Governor Patrick announced a broad set of goals for transportation funding and reforms. Although the proposed six cents per gallon of new gas tax revenue dedicated to the MBTA may not be enough pay down the $2.7 million backlog of system maintenance and repair, the Governor's plan is a step in the right direction.
Our legislature must act now to prevent the imminent MBTA fare increases and service cuts. We support a combination of additional revenue to the MBTA, restructuring and reform, while making concrete improvements for T riders. For example, the Governor has called broadly for increased accountability. Read more...
February 20, 2009
At last week's MBTA Board Meeting the Massachusetts Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Jr. offered a grim look at where the T is headed. Without both reform and new revenue, the T is destined for "an endless spiral of fare increases and massive service cuts." State lawmakers must act immediately and decisively to avoid:
- Increases in fares of 20 to 25 percent
- 50 percent cuts in evening and weekend subway and commuter rail service
- Elimination of the 20 highest net-cost-per-passenger bus routes
- Elimination of RIDE van service to nine communities
- Along with other consequences that will harm those who rely on the MBTA
Transporting riders to employment and employment opportunities, education, health care, shopping, culture and recreation destinations is vital to keeping Boston's economic engine running. Nearly 35 percent of Boston residents do not own a car, and over 32 percent of Boston residents use the T to get to work. The T also plays a crucial role in reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more...
February 11, 2009
In the afterglow of a historic inaugural, it's tempting to view the necessity of fighting for Civil Rights as an archaic call to arms.
But for progressives immersed in the mechanics of changing lives, it serves as a milestone, not a destination: While much has been accomplished, much needs to be done.
In Massachusetts, a new bill addressing equality, an Act to Restore Enforcement of Civil Rights, sponsored by Representative Byron Rushing and State Senator James Eldridge, was introduced in the state legislature last month. ACE is a founding member of a large and growing coalition of organizations supporting the bill because we believe it will help achieve environmental justice.
If passed, the bill would grant people the right to sue in state court if a state program or policy has a disparate impact based on race, color, national origin or gender. The bill would fill a void in Massachusetts civil rights laws. Read more...
February 9, 2009
We are pleased to announce that effective today, ACE has a new Executive Director! Please read on to hear from our outgoing Director, Penn Loh, and our incoming Director, Kalila Barnett.
January 16, 2009
Thanks to the work of groups like the Boston Workers’ Alliance (BWA), Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reforms are beginning to take shape in Massachusetts.
CORI is a database created in the ’70s for use by law enforcements agencies. Today, the BWA says about 10,000 organizations can access CORI reports and that these records are "used to deny people jobs, housing credit and student loans." The campaign for CORI reform aims to end discrimination for qualified ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society.
In its draft of new CORI procedures, the EOHHS recommends that rehabilitated offenders be "given a fair opportunity to be employed and reintegrated successfully into the workplace." Read more...
December 26, 2008
Thanks to your support, it's been a fun and productive year at ACE. Together, we have made great strides for environmental justice in the Boston area and beyond.
To learn more about our work, please sign up for our e-newsletter.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Looking forward to posting more blogs in 2009!
December 12, 2008
With the holiday season in full swing, wouldn't it be nice to get all your gift shopping done and do good at the same time?
For the person on your list who seems to have everything, why not consider giving an ACE Gift Membership?
We'll send a welcome card that shares your gift, ACE swag and an introduction to environmental justice work.
Your recipient will also receive our monthly (occasionally semi-monthly) newsletter to keep in the loop on upcoming events and campaigns.
What could be better than that?
For a $15 donation, your friend, family member or colleague will receive a Welcome Card, an ACE Membership Card and an Annual Report Booklet. A $40 donation will add in a T Riders Union (TRU) T-shirt, featuring our signature transit justice program. A $75 donation includes all of above, plus our 20-minute video that showcases the people and stories behind our work. Read more...
December 5, 2008
Did you know that asthma is more prevalent in New England then anywhere else in the country? Or that African Americans who were born in the U.S. are three times more likely to develop asthma then African Americans born outside the country?
A 2005 study of asthma rates in Dorchester published in the Journal of Asthma last month discovered these statistics and showed a strong correlation between asthma and environmental factors in children. This shows what we have long known, that the disproportionate share of environmental burdens in neighborhoods of color like Dorchester and Roxbury adversely affect the well-being of residents. ACE Board Member Neal-Dra Osgood worked on this groundbreaking research, surveying Dorchester residents to compile asthma information. Read more...