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Transportation Forum Tonight

September 17, 2013

Tonight, find out how transit-friendly the mayoral candidates are at the Forum on Transportation & Livable Communities! Will our next mayor make affordable and accessible public transportation a priority and support rider issues like improved bus service and a Youth Pass?

Join us at the Boston Public Library in Copley to hear each candidate's ideas and priorities. This event is sponsored by many of our allies, including our coalition partner On the Move.

Please RSVP to get your free ticket and come early if you need seating. We are moving our monthly TRU meeting to Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. so members can attend the forum. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Copley branch
Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Will you be our next TRU intern?

September 17, 2013

Want to improve the MBTA? Work with our T Riders Union this fall as a TRU Organizing Intern!

We are also looking for a Resource Organizer to help with fundraising at ACE as well as Communications Interns.

"I've been a TRU Intern twice. I learned how to share knowledge, go out of my comfort zone and teach. I loved outreach on the bus. I also learned a lot about gardens and growing food in the city."

--Anthony Rivers, TRU Intern alum
(Outreaching in Dudley Square, on the right)

Volunteer at ACE this fall!

September 17, 2013

We're looking for volunteers to help with events and campaigns this fall. Drop by Member Wednesday Volunteer Nights to help with ongoing work and contact us if you'd like to set up another time to come by!

If you like event planning or are artistically inclined, ACE is participating in Roxbury Open Studios the weekend of October 4 to 6. We could use your help that weekend and in advance to make our first open studios a success!

On October 30, we will also need help at our Annual Meeting, like signing people in at the registration tables, serving dinner, taking photos and video and more. Please contact us if you're available. Thank you members!

Help shape environmental justice work

September 17, 2013

Join us at the next Member Meeting on September 25 to develop an environmental justice agenda for the coming year and prepare for our Annual Meeting on October 30.

We'll also hear a special presentation from ACE members in Westfield who are walking over 100 miles from October 19 to 25 to raise awareness for green energy, connect with communities working on energy efficiency issues, highlight local campaigns and take action for environmental justice.

Dinner, Spanish translation and childcare available. Please contact Lee to RSVP for translation and childcare in advance.

EJ Summit strengthens regional ties

August 28, 2013

En español

Last month, over 100 people from four states gathered at the New England Environmental Justice Summit in Worcester to tackle issues of climate justice and movement building. This was our second annual EJ Summit, bringing youth leaders, organizers, lawyers, public health professionals and residents together to learn and collaborate from each other.

We opened with a panel on regional EJ issues and the future of environmental justice, then held workshops on building multigenerational campaigns, responding to climate change and community organizing.

Increasing recycling for cleaner land and air

July 30, 2013

Trash transfer station

After a year-long campaign, our partnership with Clean Water Action convinced the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to tighten enforcement of state waste ban laws, which restrict certain materials from being burned or buried. In March, the DEP announced plans to hire three full-time waste ban inspectors who will begin reviewing processing procedures at trash transfer stations, landfills and incinerators to ensure that recyclable material is not thrown away. This is a dramatic improvement from current policies that allow companies to police themselves, in effect, by hiring their own inspectors.

Laws are in place to prevent recyclable materials from being dumped, but these laws are routinely ignored. For example, in 2011, the Howard Transfer Station in Roxbury accepted over 200,000 tons of solid waste, yet only 114 tons were diverted for containing banned material. That’s less than one percent, and it means that we’re burying and burning recyclables.

New England EJ Summit coming up!

July 15, 2013

Join us for the summit!

We are excited to invite you to the second annual New England Environmental Justice Summit on Saturday, July 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Clark University’s Traina Center, 92 Downing Street in Worcester. This event is free and includes lunch with vegan and gluten-free options, as well as childcare. ACE will be providing a bus to and from Clark University.

We’re looking forward to connecting, sharing, collaborating and having fun with folks from New England.

Congratulations REEP graduates!

June 1, 2013

REEP graduation 2013

In May, REEP celebrated our 2013 high school graduates with our first annual community awards ceremony. Many members joined our red-carpet themed event to recognize the incredible environmental justice work accomplished by REEP leaders. We also appreciated three special members: Arthur, Peedub and Jovi, and our partners for their work with REEP this year. Thanks Chinese Youth Initiative, Staci, Athena, Kenny, Cheryl, Soledad and Vanessa for your support for our campaigns!

Congratulations graduates! Thank you for all your great work and come back soon—we’ll always be here for you.

REEP Class of 2013:
Adam, Alia, Aliyah, Aniyah , Asha, Chelsea, Chloe, Diana, Dionnha, Dwyte, Frank, Gerardo, Jarrit, Jideofor, Keisha, Leslie, Marika, Olivia, Ricardo, Sandra, Sendy, Sidni, Tatiana, Taylor, Victoria

An Evening for ACE: 20 Years of Environmental Justice

May 2, 2013

Penn Loh and Kalila Barnett will be speaking at the event.

This year ACE is celebrating our 20th anniversary. Founded in 1993, ACE has pioneered an organic and powerful bottom-up model for environmental organizing and advocacy. Our early work supported community leadership on environmental justice issues and provided legal resources for community partners. Now, 20 years later, ACE is a multi-generational, membership organization that helps lead the environmental justice movement in Massachusetts.

We invite you to a special reception and dialogue with ACE's founders, staff, early activists and supporters to reflect on 20 years of ACE and the environmental justice movement. Join us on May 15 at SEIU Local 615 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The event will include a panel discussion that features our founding directors as well as current and former ACE staff and an alumnus from our youth program.

Climate change webinar: What's happening in New England?

April 26, 2013

Climate change adaptation

This year, join the New England Environmental Justice Forum and environmental justice advocates from across New England for a series of five webinars covering various EJ topics. These webinars are a way for us to stay connected and learn about the work of other EJ groups in the region between in-person gatherings.

The series will address issues like climate adaptation, energy justice, vacant lots and contaminated land, and developing state and local EJ policies. The idea for webinars came from participants at last year's New England EJ Summit who wanted to stay in touch with people in the region to continue collaborating and learning from each other's work.

Our first webinar is on Wednesday, May 1, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on climate adaptation: Creating Resilient Communities in the face of a changing climate, featuring Odin Tidemand and the Reverend Bob Murphy of the Falmouth Clergy Association on Cape Cod, MA, and Mike Roles and Aanchal Saraf, members of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island in Providence, RI. Our speakers will discuss how organizations on Cape Cod are meeting to the needs of vulnerable groups who have dealt with power failures and damaging storms.