In Memoriam: John Deacon, transit advocate

April 4, 2008

The struggle for public transportation has lost one of its greatest advocates. John Deacon passed away on Sunday, March 30 at his home in Medford, Massachusetts. As a member of the Washington Street Corridor Coalition and the Sierra Club, John fought for projects that would bring great benefit to communities of color and working class neighborhoods throughout the Boston region. Whether it was light rail along Washington Street, the Arborway Restoration or the North-South Rail Link, John always stood for transportation justice.

John always made his vast historical knowledge and experience available to any group in need. His contributions to our struggle over the past 20 years are so numerous there is not adequate space to do them justice. John will be sorely missed and the best way to honor his legacy is to continue the work to which he devoted his life. Read more...

Roxbury residents work to clean up toxic lot

April 3, 2008

Community Works (CW) recently featured ACE in its seasonal newsletter as a great example of “social justice at work.” The newsletter praised our Massachusetts Environmental Justice Assistance Network (MEJAN) for recently fighting for a brownfield clean-up and development in nearby Highland Park, where residents of Hawthorne have been exposed to contaminants from illegal dumping.

Thanks to MEJAN’s talented attorneys, members of the Hawthorne Area Association are now equipped with a solid plan to stop this injustice and start the process of parcel remediation. We look forward to its safe and timely clean-up and development. Read more...

Youth hearing on summer jobs funding at City Hall

April 2, 2008

This afternoon at 4 p.m., the United Youth and Youth Workers of Boston will be testifying at the City Council Youth Affairs Committee Hearing. We will be making a presentation on how to end youth violence by investing in youth jobs, programs and street outreach.

As you may know, when the City cuts funding for youth, rates of violence escalate in our communities. It's time to put a stop to the tremendous numbers of young people dying. Come out to support our youth during this National Youth Violence Prevention Week. See the recent Globe article about work being done across the state. Read more...

Tree planting workshop

ACE is hosting a tree planting workshop by Grow Boston Greener. Participants will learn about planting and caring for trees and everyone will get a free tree to plant in their yard! The goal is to increase the urban tree canopy in Boston – and especially in environmental justice neighborhoods like Roxbury and Dorchester.

Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
ACE office, 2181 Washington Street, 3rd Floor in Roxbury.

Please RSVP to John Walkey or call 617-552-0873.

Boston Region MPO Open House

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold two Open House sessions on April 8 at the State Transportation Building to invite members of the public to learn more about and comment on the following MPO activities:

April 8, 2008

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Suite 2150, State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

• Update of the FFY 2009 Unified Planning Work Program
• Update of the FFYs 2009-2012 Transportation Improvement Program
• Overviews of Roadway Safety Planning
• Overviews of Mobility Monitoring

For more information or to request an interpreter, please contact the MPO at (617) 973-7100 (voice), (617) 973-7089 (TTY), (617) 973-8855 (fax).

Dudley Square Community Design Workshop

What should Dudley Square in Roxbury look like? Do we need more commercial and retail space? How do we secure more open space or community centers for youth? Come to a workshop to tell the City of Boston, the BRA and the Boston Society of Architects your vision for our neighborhood. This workshop is part of a design competition in the redevelopment of Dudley Square.

Tuesday, April 15
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury

For more info, please contact Lee or call 617-442-3343 x229.

Climate change & climate justice event

April 1, 2008

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Beverly Wright (Xavier University and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice) and Ted Glick (U.S. Climate Emergency Council and the Climate Crisis Coalition) will speak on behalf of their work in environmental justice.

Climate Change, Climate Justice Series at Tufts University

Thursday, April 3
Reception from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Rabb Room Lincoln Filene
Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Braker 01
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