November 23, 2015
Executive Order on Environmental Justice signed!

Governor Patrick signs an Executive Order on Environmental Justice

Our Executive Order on EJ Factsheet

For five years, our Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance has organized to pass an Executive Order on Environmental Justice in the state.

On November 25, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed it into law.

Thank you members, supporters and allies for your support of this work. We are excited to share this monumental victory with you!

See our factsheet [pdf] for more information on how this Executive Order will make all of our lives greener, healthier and safer.

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Sign the petition for Early Bird service!

Sign the T Riders Union's petition for Early Bird service! Many riders rely on MBTA to get to work and start shifts before the morning rush hour. Early morning service is infrequent and buses are overcrowded. Riders need more Early Bird service for reliable commutes to work.

The MBTA is already planning to increase off-peak service, which makes this a crucial moment to amplify the needs of our communities. The T wants to add 150 hours of service to routes outside of the morning and evening rush hours. We are asking the T to use 20 of those hours for early morning service.

Sign the petition telling the MBTA to support Early Bird! To get involved with the campaign’s next steps, come to the next TRU meeting on August 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at ACE.

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The next step to a Youth Pass

In June, the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition (YAC) sent an Open Letter to MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey asking him to keep his promise to implement a Youth Pass pilot. When he failed to respond, YAC held a sit-in to demand a response to the Youth Rider Crisis that leaves young people stranded every day.

Now, MassDOT has agreed to establish a working group to develop a Youth Pass pilot program for implementation in July 2015. The group will include six youth in addition to several allies and partners, MassDOT officials and outside consultants.

This is a crucial step towards our ultimate goal of a permanent, unrestricted and affordable Youth Pass available to all youth who ride the T.

For more information, see youthwayonthembta.org/yac or check out our blog on the sit-in.

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REEP leader Whitney in the bountiful Shawmut Neighbors' Garden this month

What's happening at ACE?

Statehouse marchREEP: Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project

REEP develops and supports youth leadership in our home neighborhood through a school-based environmental justice curriculum, an after-school youth leadership program, and youth-led organizing projects. Learn more about REEP

TRU: the T Riders Union

TRU organizes public transit riders to build a unified voice and movement for better public transportation in Greater Boston. TRU focuses our organizing on lower income riders and riders of color who must depend on public transit to reach their daily destinations. Learn more about TRU

EJLS: Environmental Justice Legal Services

EJLS provides legal and technical assistance and capacity building services to help strengthen and support grassroots groups working on environmental justice in our region. Learn more about EJLS

Brockton and West Bridgewater Residents Bring First State Environmental Justice Case to Supreme Judicial Court


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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:30pm

staci@ace-ej.org

Contact:
Staci Rubin, Alternatives for Community & Environment, (617) 442-3343 x236
Virginia Jeppson, Citizens for a Better Brockton, 508-587-6615
Ed Byers, Stop The Power, (508) 326-1029

aceadmin – Tue, 03/04/2014 – 10:07am

From Bad to Worse: State Capital Plan drops bus investment for next five years


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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:30am

lee@ace-ej.org

Boston, MA – Last night the Massachusetts Department of Transportation kicked off a series of six public hearings on two state plans, including the $12.4 billion draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP). After securing much needed dollars through the Transportation Investment Act passed at the State House last July, transportation officials have inexplicably left out $272 million over the next five years for critical MBTA bus maintenance and replacement. Instead, the plan proposes to push bus investment to sometime after 2019, leaving transit advocates and riders wondering if this is a bad dream or a nightmare coming to life.

truadmin – Thu, 01/30/2014 – 12:17pm

State Capital Plan Drops Bus Investment for Next 5 years


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:00am

CONTACT: Lee Matsueda, Alternatives for Community and Environment (617) 592-1295 cell, lee@ace-ej.org

Boston, MA - Tonight at 6 p.m. the Massachusetts Department of Transportation kicks off a series of six public hearings on two state plans including the $12.4 billion draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Testimony will happen through February 10 with a final plan expected in late April to early May.

aceadmin – Wed, 01/29/2014 – 4:11pm

MBTA riders march to demand equity, accountability and accessibility


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Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:00pm

lee@ace-ej.org

Contact: Lee Matsueda, Alternatives for Community & Environment

MBTA riders march to demand equity, accountability and accessibility
MassDOT/MBTA board passes budget with $118 million placeholder

aceadmin – Thu, 04/11/2013 – 5:28pm

Governor and Transit Officials Honor Today's Rosa Parks


Wed, 02/06/2013 - 9:00pm

February 7, 2013

Press Advisory
Contact: Diana Bell, Community Labor United
617-823-1755
diana@massclu.org

Governor and Transit Officials Honor Today’s Rosa Parks

When: Tuesday, February 12, 1:30PM
Where: Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall
What: Ceremony honoring seven Black Massachusetts women who are continuing Rosa Parks’s fight for transit justice
Who: Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, MBTA Manager Beverly Scott, and emcee Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Amalgamated Transportation Union and Boston Carmen’s Union leaders, community leaders

aceadmin – Wed, 02/13/2013 – 4:25pm

Riders and workers rally to stop disproportionate fare increases


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Tue, 06/12/2012 - 2:00am

lee@ace-ej.org

House Bill 4161 can help ease burden on PVTA riders and disabled MBTA riders

[BOSTON—June 12] Hundreds of transit riders and workers from across Massachusetts rallied at the State House today in favor of House Bill 4161 that provides funding to the MBTA and regional transit authorities (RTAs) to limit fare increases and service cuts slated for July 1. Members of the House will vote tomorrow on legislation aimed at addressing the current transit budget shortfalls. Ralliers told Legislators it is unconscionable to force the most vulnerable riders to pay the price for inadequate funding and that it’s time to take leadership and find solutions for the emergency facing our communities.

aceadmin – Tue, 06/12/2012 – 5:46pm

RIDE users and senior, youth and transit-dependent riders to send clear message at MBTA Board Meeting


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Mon, 04/02/2012 - 8:00pm

lee@ace-ej.org

Support RIDErs and stop the fare increases and service cuts!

WHO:

Users of the MBTA paratransit system THE RIDE, senior, youth and transit-dependent riders, the Boston Center for Independent Living, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, the T Riders Union (TRU) program at ACE, the Youth AffordabiliT Coalition (YAC), members of the On the Move (OTM) Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition and the Save the T Coalition.

aceadmin – Wed, 04/04/2012 – 3:24am

Be A Hero, Not a Zero: Save the MBTA!


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Wed, 03/21/2012 - 3:00am

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2012

Contacts:
Lee Matsueda, T Riders Union Director, (617) 592-1295
Sarah Horsley, Fenway CDC Civic Engagement Director, (617) 504-3792

aceadmin – Thu, 03/22/2012 – 12:00pm

Hundreds of riders rally and call on Governor Patrick to stop the MBTA fare increase and cuts


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Sun, 02/12/2012 - 1:00am

lee@ace-ej.org

Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2012

Contacts:

Lee Matsueda, T Riders Union Director, (617) 592-1295
Sarah Horsley, Fenway CDC Civic Engagement Director, (617) 267-4637 x19
Marvin Martin, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition Executive Director, (617) 436-0289

truadmin – Mon, 02/13/2012 – 10:25am

Fare increases and service cuts are unwise, unfair and unnecessary


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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:00pm

lee@ace-ej.org

T Riders Union questions fare hike proposal at MBTA Board Meeting

[BOSTON—Wednesday, December 7] Public transit riders of the T Riders Union (TRU) testified at the MBTA Board of Directors meeting today, raising questions about the decision-making process behind the pending fare increase and service cuts proposal. TRU members called out the MBTA for a lack of transparency and flexibility in the proposal for its FY 2012 – 2013 budget.

aceadmin – Fri, 12/09/2011 – 10:00pm
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