Local Aramark employees rally for health care

April 23, 2008

Rene at UNITE rally

More than 500 UNITE-HERE Local 26 union members and allies rallied in front of Hynes Convention Center yesterday in solidarity with convention center workers currently fighting for a fair contract with Aramark, a national food service corporation. Aramark employees at Hynes are the only workers unionized through Local 26 who still are not provided health care or a pension. They have also worked without a contract for the past four months. They are now demanding the same treatment that their fellow workers receive in comparable positions from hotels and restaurants across Massachusetts.

Workers and allies held a picket line in front of the convention center for nearly two hours, chanting "Si, Se Puede!" and "No Contract, No Peace!" to the beat of an impromptu four-drum band. At its peak, the crowd nearly enveloped the entire block with a sea of red UNITE-HERE T-shirts. Read more...

4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

The 4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration is the only national conference focused on the goals and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration.

The five-day, climate-neutral Conference will explore the state-of-the-art in all aspects and scales of restoration, and will be comprised of field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and a Restoration EXPO. Keynote Speeches will be from Dr. Nick Spitzer, Michael Grunwald, and Dr. Eric Higgs.

Earth Day Action: Call your senator!

April 22, 2008

Have you taken action to help pass the Diesel Bill in Massachusetts? The Diesel Bill will require diesel fleets to retrofit - install affordable pollution control equipment - on trucks to cut emissions by 90 percent. As a member of the Massachusetts Diesel Pollution Solution Coalition, ACE is working to reduce pollution in our neighborhoods that can lead to diseases like asthma. See this new video for footage of the work youth across the region are doing to pass the Diesel Bill.

Handel Dixon speaks at Diesel Emissions Demonstration

Today, REEP Youth Organizer Handel Dixon (also featured in the video) met with Senator Jack Hart (Diesel Bill Sponsor), representatives of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and youth from Chelsea and East Boston as part of the Youth Lobby Day to discuss this legislation. Stay tuned for updates on the bill's progress and turn your sets to Fox25 this Thursday at 10 and 11 p.m. for a story on diesel emissions in our home neighborhood of Roxbury. Please pick up the phone today - a simple call to your senator will help ensure clean air for all our communities. Read more...

Survey Said: Codman Sq. Youth Present #23 Bus Rider Views on Violence

On March 30, 2007 Dwayne Graham was fatally shot while riding the #23 bus in Dorchester. This incident and others frightened a lot of #23 riders, especially youth.

Over the last 2 months, peer-leaders from the Codman Square NDC STARS II program have been surveying #23 riders on their feelings and perceptions of safety on the #23 route. From 6 to 8pm on April 24th the youth will present their survey results. Food will be provided.

Film Premiere: "The Greening of Southie"

"The Greening of Southie" goes behind the scenes and onto the scaffolds to follow the construction of Boston’s first green residential structure, a luxury condominium complex called the Macallen Building. Located in the city’s storied working-class neighborhood, South Boston, Macallen was conceived with the ambitious goal of securing a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Moving between the idealistic young development team, distant suppliers, and the salty union construction crew, The Greening of Southie maps each step––and misstep––on the road to move-in day. Featuring the music of Force Theory (Manda Bala, Jesus Camp, Favela Rising), and the filmmaking of the creators of King Corn. The film’s subjects, director and rising Boston filmmaker Ian Cheney will be in attendance.

Toxic sludge tested in poor neighborhoods

April 18, 2008

This week the Associated Press reported that researchers in Baltimore have been testing sludge as a method of lessening the harmful effects of lead-filled soil. Unfortunately, residents of the lower income community of color where this testing took place were never warned of the risks of having their yards covered in this mix of human and industrial waste.

Federally funded researchers told nine lower income families in Baltimore row houses that their yards were contaminated with lead and dangerous for their children. They then offered to treat the soil with a fertilizer that would trap heavy metal, promising that the mixture was safe and claiming that it was store bought. In exchange, the researchers distributed food coupons and planted lawns. The potentially hazardous sludge had never been tested for safety and studies on the health of children who played in the yards was never done. Read more...


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