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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.

You're invited to Jammin' 2013!

April 26, 2013

Jammin' 2012

We're three weeks away from ACE's biggest celebration and fundraiser of the year! Jammin' for Justice brings ACE members and supporters together to recognize outstanding environmental justice achievements, along with food, drinks, music and dancing.

Join us on Thursday, May 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury. Enjoy our special 20th anniversary EJ review and check out our silent auction to win great items and support our work.

March down Washington with TRU

April 3, 2013

The T Riders Union is marching down Washington Street, from Dudley Station to the Transportation Building, to demand that the MBTA and the State House fund public transit and stop putting our communities in crisis.

We demand that there be no fare increases without wage increases. We demand funding for public transit, a solution to the Big Dig debt that doesn't crush riders, and equitable service for all who depend on the system.

You’re invited to Member Wednesdays!

En español

February 28, 2013

Members engage in an animal icebreaker

Starting this winter, we are inviting youth and adult members for game nights, volunteer nights and member meetings every Wednesday.

Together, we will continue to strengthen our campaigns and build community. ACE member meetings will be run by members as a space to share ideas and put them into action, and are open to all. Volunteer nights provide opportunities to do outreach, work on projects and help shape our campaigns. On game nights, we’ll take a break to hang out and have fun.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and hearing what you have to say. Hope to see you there!

Member Wednesdays schedule:

Game Night: First Wednesday
Volunteer Nights: Second, fourth (and any fifth) Wednesdays
Member Meetings: Third Wednesdays

Jammin' for Justice TODAY!

May 23, 2012

It's finally here... Jammin' for Justice is TODAY! You are invited to ACE's annual fundraiser and celebration of environmental justice victories in our communities. Join us at Hibernian Hall from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and enjoy music from DJ Handz and Los Three, drinks and appetizers, and win big in our silent auction. Donations of any size will be accepted at the door.

Today's Jammin' for Justice Awardee: Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP)

May 22, 2012

Jammin' for Justice is tomorrow, May 23! Join us for music, drinks, appetizers and great company, and help us recognize the recipients of our 2012 EJ Awards.

Today we'd like to share more about awardee Boston-area Youth Organizing Project:

BYOP members

This year, Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) has elevated the fight for youth transit justice, in partnership with our Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Program (REEP). Together, we've convened over 20 youth groups in the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) to stop MBTA fare increase and service cuts.

This coalition has mobilized hundreds of young people in Greater Boston through creative actions, rallies and marches. BYOP’s leadership has supported YAC partner group actions from Somerville to Chinatown, brought over 500 youth to march on the Transportation Building and held a 24-hour vigil on the State House steps.

We are united in a vision of a safe and affordable public transportation system that serves and respects youth. In 2009, we extended the valid hours of the MBTA Student Pass from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., allowing 30,000 teens to get home safely after school and activities. In 2007, BYOP launched the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign, demanding a $10 monthly Youth Pass and increased service on underserved bus routes. In 2008, two ACE programs, the T Riders Union (TRU) and REEP, joined the campaign.

Today's Jammin' for Justice Awardee: Morley Street Neighborhood Association (MSNA) and Dana Lanzillo of Saul Ewing

May 21, 2012

Jammin' for Justice, our annual fundraiser, is this Wednesday, May 23! Don't miss out on music, drinks, appetizers and celebrating EJ victories this year with the 2012 EJ Awards.

Today we'd like to share more about awardee Morley Street Neighborhood Association (MSNA) and Dana Lanzillo of Saul Ewing:

Morley Street Neighborhood Association, 2006

Morley Street Neighborhood Association (MSNA) formed almost three decades ago with the goal of converting an empty lot in Fort Hill into a green space for the community. MSNA has long used this vacant for local activities that include a play place for children and neighborhood cookouts. To ensure future use as a community space, MSNA decided to pursue using the site permanently.

Dana C. Lanzillo, Esq.

Co-chairs Carol Best and former ACE attorney Quita Sullivan continued the process of acquiring this land. After many years of negotiations, MSNA won the land from the city and had it transferred to the Cooper Community Center (Cooper). MSNA now leases this lot and the neighborhood has a permanent space to enjoy. This victory shows how the tenacity of residents can lead to powerful organizing and is an inspiration to all of us who work to increase green spaces in our communities.

Dana C. Lanzillo of Saul Ewing, representing MSNA pro bono as a Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN) volunteer, was responsible for the complex paperwork throughout the negotiations for the lot. Dana worked with MSNA, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Cooper, and also appeared before the Environmental Section Public Service/Pro Bono Committee with Quita Sullivan to advocate for the transfer of this lot. His hard work and dedication helped make the acquisition of this community space possible. Congratulations Dana and MSNA residents on your tremendous work!

Today's Jammin' for Justice Awardee: Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC)

May 17, 2012

Our annual fundraiser and celebration, Jammin' for Justice, is this Wednesday, May 23! Join us for music, drinks, appetizers and great company, and help us recognize the recipients of our 2012 EJ Awards.

Today we'd like to share more about awardee Massachusetts Senior Action Council:

MSAC members at Mass Senior Action Day

Founded in 1981, Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) is a statewide organization with seven chapters, over 1,100 members and a history of effective organizing.

Bringing seniors of low and moderate income together with people with disabilities, MSAC works for the well-being of all people with a special focus on seniors. MSAC is successful in winning campaigns, developing leadership and organizing skills, and building community.

Throughout the Save the T campaign, MSAC has actively opposed all fare hikes and service cuts, successfully bringing senior and disabled riders to the forefront of the statewide conversation on public transit.

Members have pushed back against fare hikes for THE RIDE, where disproportionally high increases would limit the mobility of those who rely on paratransit. MSAC took the fight directly to Legislators, mic checking a House session during the budget talks in April. In addition, MSAC has stood with the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) in calling for a Youth Pass, and with the T Riders Union (TRU) in demanding the implementation of our Fast Five solutions.