Boston Parks Mayoral Forum | Aug 15

Posted August 15th, 2013 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy

BostonParkAdvocateslogoThursday August 15th the Boston Park Advocates group is sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates Forum – all candidates were invited. Public green space is vital to the fabric of our diverse neighborhoods and cannot be overlooked. A full house will send the candidates and the press the message that parks, and trees, count! At the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 6:30 pm reception.


Weatherize Now! with Renew Boston, Dec. 8

Posted November 29th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

High energy bills? Cold house? Are you a landlord, renter, or homeowner in Boston? Join Next Step Living and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance at this event hosted by Mayor Menino’s Renew Boston initiative. Refreshments served! Start saving power at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Event takes place at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan MA 02126. Pastries & Coffee will be served!

You can sign up for a no-cost energy assessment for 1-4 unit homes/buildings, engage with professional contractors, and find out how to access rebates for insulation and efficient heating & hot water equipment. For questions: Contact Erin Taylor at or 617-524-3950. Can’t wait to start saving? Sign up for your no-cost assessment today at

[GreenDorchester note: you can also consider doing many of the same services through Co-op Power Metro Boston, a wonderful local chapter of a cooperative business. And don't forget to purchase green power through Mass Energy Consumers Alliance or Easy Energy. Energy efficiency and renewable power clean our air, help mitigate climate change, and move dollars from harmful fossil fuels to cleaner, greener sources.]


Public Transit–Public Good at the State House, Nov. 27

Posted November 19th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester, News

2013 promises to be a decisive year for transit funding. Thanks to the leadership of riders, advocates, our legislature and the administration, transit has come to the forefront of next year’s session. Please show your support again on November 27 and 29! Spread the word out the Invitation to Public Transit Report Release and Department of Transportation Hearing flyer.

Public Transit-Public Good, a campaign of the Green Justice Coalition, is a statewide partnership that has brought together hundreds of riders and workers to push for a more equitable, sustainable and well-funded transit system in our Commonwealth.  We believe an investment in public transit – and the infrastructure that supports it – will grow our state economy and slash greenhouse gas emissions while increasing access to work, educational, civic and social opportunities across region, class and race.

We are excited to put forth our ideas for solutions to the transit puzzle in our new report, “Route to Our Future: Transit Solutions for Equity, Sustainability, and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth”. Please join the Green Justice Coalition on November 27th at 10AM for a first look at the report.

WHAT: Policy Briefing and Report Release
WHO: Public Transit-Public Good Campaign; transit riders, workers and community leaders from across the state.
WHERE:  MA State House, Room 437

We would be honored by your attendance and look forward to working together towards a more expansive, accessible and effective transit system across our Commonwealth. Please RSVP to: or 617-723-2639.

The Green Justice Coalition|Public Transit–Public Good Campaign

Alternatives for Community and Environment/T Riders Union • Bus Riders United of Southeastern Massachusetts (Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 174 & 1037, Community Economic Development Corporation of Southeastern MA, Coalition Against Poverty/Coalition for Social Justice, Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Labor Center) • Carmen’s Union–ATU Local 589 • Community Labor United • Greater Four Corners Action Coalition •Massachusetts Communities Action Network • Massachusetts Senior Action Council • On the Move • United for Transit Equity–Pioneer Valley (Alliance to Develop Power, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 448, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Student Labor Action Project, Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice), ATU Local 1547, ATU Local 22 • Greater Boston Labor Council


Rise for Haitian Children Food Festival, Aug. 25

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, News

An outdoor festival and fundraiser for Rise For Haitian Children will take place from 3-8 p.m. this Saturday, 8/25 at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester. The organization is currently helping twelve children in Jacmel, Haiti and later on will extend assistance to children in different parts of Haiti. Nightingale Community Garden is located in Four Corners – up Park Street from Fields Corner & down Washington Street from Codman Square. For more information see email below or contact Etechel Fleurinord at 617-922-7794,


Food Security Panel, Jun. 14

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, News

Boston Natural Areas Network and the Boston Garden Council invite you to a panel discussion where you will gain insight from food justice advocates, nutritionists and representatives from hunger relief organizations on how we can work together to increase access to fresh produce throughout Boston. Panel features P.K Newby, Professor of Epidemiology at BU, Danielle Andrews, Community Field Coordinator with The Food Project, Noreen Kelly, Director of Community Initiatives at Project Bread, Rachel Greenberger, Director of FoodSol at Babson College.  View a flyer here.

BNAN encourages anyone interested in community gardening and food access to attend.  So please join us Thursday, June 14th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the office of Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110.

Please visit for more information or to register contact us at or 617-542-7696Registration required.


Health of Dorchester – Community Dialogue, Jun. 20

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester, News

Community Dialogue – Report & Next Steps on Asthma and Obesity. Help build a stronger, healthier neighborhood! This year’s discussion will begin with a report back on those issues, and a discussion of where we can go next. Led by: Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director and Dr. Huy Nguyen, Medical Director, both of the Boston Public Health Commission. Free! A light dinner will be served. Dialogue begins @ 5:30 p.m. Flyers available in English and Vietnamese. Event takes place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester on Wednesday, June 20. PRE-EVENT ACTIVITIES-STARTING AT 4:30 • Neighborhood Walk- Town Field, ending at Dorchester House in time for the event. Contact Mary Truong • Airway Health Screening- come early and be tested! • Boston Moves for Health on-line registration Interpretation in Vietnamese and Spanish will be available. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP: contact Mary Truong, External Relations Director, at 617-740-2419, or email her at


Energy Week Boston! Dorchester Screening Jun. 16

Posted June 11th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, News

Celebrate renewable energy and clean power with Energy Week Boston! To get a full event listing, you can check out the Energy Week calendar, but there’s one terrific Dorchester event that you just can’t miss! On Saturday, June 16, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance will screen DIRTY BUSINESS, with guest speaker Rep. Lori Ehrlich, and featuring an up-close look at the IBEW wind turbine. IBEW 103 is located at 256 Freeport St. – so get on google maps or just follow the turbine. Read on for more info about the film, and don’t forget to RSVP!

SATURDAY JUNE 16, 6 p.m. (Turbine tour at 6, screening at 6:30)
IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester

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Transit Events Week of 6/11

Posted June 11th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Move Dorchester, News

Monday 6/11: Mayors and Municipal Leaders Transportation SummitJoin Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and other municipal officials from across the state in a call to action for statewide investment to build the 21st century transportation system Massachusetts needs. Monday, June 11, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., South Station Concourse, Boston, MA.

Tuesday 6/12: Join the Green Justice Coalition for a Statewide Day of Action. Riders and workers from across Massachusetts unite to demand smart solutions to our broken transit system. Fix it, fund it, make it fair! Flyer here. 12:30 p.m. SHARP - 2 p.m. outside the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Friday 6/15: “Boston’s Transportation Future” Dorchester Speakers Forum @ All Saints Church: with transit experts, moderated by Richard A. Dimino from A Better City.

The Dorchester Speakers Forum presents a panel discussion, Boston’s Transportation Future. Against a backdrop of the recent upheaval around proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts, a distinguished group of experts looks forward at what needs to be done in the Commonwealth to insure its transportation health. Speakers include two former Massachusetts Secretaries of Transportation, Fred Salvucci and Jeffrey Mullan, plus 30-year transportation veteran Shirley DeLibero. The panel will be moderated by Rick Dimino, president of A Better City. An audience Q & A will follow the presentation. The program is FREE and open to the public and takes place in Peabody Hall at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester (near the corner of Dorchester Ave., next to Ashmont Station) on Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. There is ample free parking in the church parking lot.

And don’t forget June’s Bike Events!


Co-op Power Metro East Launch!, Jun. 2

Posted May 24th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News

Celebrate with Co-op Power Boston Metro East at the Energy Efficiency Crew Launch Party! On Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m, a community power movement officially launches on the Lawn at Second Church in Dorchester, corner of Washington St & Talbot Ave, Codman Square, Dorchester, MA Music, food, a tour of  a “green” home and prizes make this event supercharged! View a flyer here.

The Crew provides insulation, weatherization, air sealing to homes in the Greater Boston area. Co-op Power is a consumer-owned co-operative that uses its capital and market power to build good green jobs and community-based green businesses for the benefit of the community at-large. RSVP and questions to or 617-282-8881. Want to work with Co-op Power? Contact Olive for more information.


Franklin Park 100-year Anniversary, Apr. 22

Posted April 12th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Move Dorchester, News, Opportunities

Party for the PlanetRaise awareness for the planet & all it has to offer! This year marks the 100th anniversary for Franklin Park Zoo & Girl Scouts of USA, so the Zoo has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA for the 2nd year in a row to host a Party for the Planet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22. Join to learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet & preserve the earth.

Don’t miss your chance to meet zookeepers, observe animal enrichment activities, learn about the 100 year history of Franklin Park Zoo & Girl Scouts, & much more!

Adults $16.00, children (ages 2-12) $10.00, Seniors $13.00. Children under age 2 are free. For more information, please call 617-989-2000.