May 21, 2010
Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury.
United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury (UNLR) is a grassroots resident neighborhood association advocating for environmental justice in the neighborhood of Lower Roxbury. It was founded in 1971 to protest a planned highway that would cut through the neighborhood and eliminate thousands of affordable housing units.
Since then, UNLR has continued to fight for public safety, increased public services, and community participation in decision-making processes.
In 1978, UNLR purchased a building at 90 Windsor Street, intended to serve as a community center working for environmental justice and social change. This purchase led to the formation of A Village At Work, which has campaigned to maintain the building in the face of redevelopment plans and allow it to remain dedicated to the cause of environmental justice.
UNLR provides vital services to the residents of Lower Roxbury. In addition to their work on the community center, they have committees that coordinate neighborhood traffic, keep parks clean and safe, and work with local organizations to reduce crime. They also work with local business owners and residents to develop community-oriented plans for development. Thank you for all the work that you do!