Gentrification Stops Here: Pack the BRA's Plan JP/Rox Meeting

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has a master plan that is going to completely change the neighborhood. Join us to pack the BRA's Plan JP/Rox meeting to send our message loud and clear: Gentrification stops here!

Wednesday, May 11, 2015
5:30 p.m.

English High School Cafeteria
114 McBride Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 

For more information and to RSVP, email or text (617) 800-9522. 

Flint: Can it happen here? Community Conversation with the Color of Water Project

Decades of neglect and environmental racism have caught up with us and the water that gives us life! Join the Color of Water Project to talk about how we are protected and where things fall short. 

If you have concerns about high water bills, problems with water quality or are worried about friends in other cities, please join this coversation!

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Haymarket Peoples Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

EJ Awardee Spotlight: Grow or Die Gardeners

May 10, 2016

When REEP launched our Grow or Die campaign in October of 2011, we envisioned thriving community gardens with healthy, affordable food in place of vacant lots in our neighborhoods. Today, over 100 families grow thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce across Roxbury and Dorchester. We are thankful for the work of all the gardeners who have grown food over the past four seasons and especially want to recognize Altha Henderson of the Dudley Garden (photo: top right) and Teresa Senices of the Geneva Garden (photo: bottom left), whose leadership and enthusiasm for food justice helped to shape and expand the campaign.

“It feels so good to shop for free. We are growing tomatoes – we love tomatoes – and greens. The stuff that we grow, we eat,” said Altha. “We’re enjoying it.”

Altha and Teresa were with us from the beginning. Both took the initiative to garner support for the gardens, coordinating planting days and upgrades, and ensuring that neighbors made the most out of each raised bed. Altha and Teresa brought in neighbors to form a community committed to environmental justice and, with REEP youth organizers, got our first gardens up and running.

“I like to grow my own vegetables – to grow my own food for my family,” said Teresa. “I’ve met new people at the garden.”

Our community gardens provide more than affordable produce. Each garden is a bulwark against displacement, planting a community stake in land that holds back destabilizing and speculative development. This work would not have been possible without the dedication of neighbors like Altha and Teresa. Thank you for all you do for food justice in our community!

EJ Awardee Spotlight: Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network

May 10, 2016

While Boston continues to grapple with rampant gentrification and economic inequality, community groups have come together to stabilize our neighborhoods. The Greater Boston Community Land Trust Network, led by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), formed to champion community control of land and protect low-income households from displacement through land trusts (CLTs).

“Momentum for this network has been building since the end of the foreclosure crisis as we started to think about how to prevent mass displacement on that level from happening again,” said Eliza Parad, Community Organizer at DSNI. “Land trusts are a way to plan for future generations to make sure that the work we do now to reclaim land and housing keeps low-income and working class families in Boston permanently.”

EJ Awardee Spotlight: Equity, Public Transit & Health Access Project

May 10, 2016

In 2014, the Equity, Public Transit & Health Access Project launched to explore the intersection of health and transit justice. The Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (SJPHC), On the Move (OTM) and ACE came together with Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) to educate providers, gather data and take action.

"The transit justice collaboration with ACE was transformative for our Health Center. Our partnership opened a new space to combine organizing, public health, racial justice language and values that was powerful and shared," said Abigail Ortiz, Director of Community Health Programs at the SJPHC. "Focusing the goals of the project on the extensive transit organizing done by ACE and its members, rather than re-creating new ones, gave our health center clarity about how we can be most effective in placing our patients' realities at the center of our health equity policy work."

The project collected surveys from over 1,300 patients on how public transportation affects their access to health. The survey found that over 60 percent of respondents had missed a health care appointment due to the MBTA. The findings also showed that people of color are disproportionately impacted by the MBTA’s failures, an issue that is compounded by displacement.

Volunteer Night

ACE needs your help on different projects that help move us toward our mission! Help us prepare for upcoming projects and campaigns. 

Food will be provided. Childcare and interpretation available upon request. 

Please RSVP to Giselle and let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at ACE


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