Chelsea Collaborative organizers and members worked hard to get hundreds of signatures for a ballot initiative that would pose the question of raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts. Because the grassroots efforts, like the Collaborative's, were so strong throughout the state, legislators decided to jump start the timeline. They created legislation, signed into law by Governor Patrick on Thursday June 26th, to raise Massachusetts' minimum wage to $11 with incremental changes each year beginning in 2015 and ending in 2017. The Collaborative applauds the Governor's and legislator's actions to make Massachusetts one of the highest minimum wages in the nation!
The Shanbaro Community Association and the Harvard Research Team collaborated in presenting a wonderful culmination of food, music and dance to celebrate World Refugee Day. This year the Bhutanese community, relatively new to Chelsea, was featured.
Chelsea Green Space and its East Boston partners on the Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG) hosted its Annual River Revel on June 21st, the Summer Solstice, with educational boat tours, canoeing and kayaking and festivities for the whole family at the Condor Street Urban Wild. More than 150 people toured the Creek and learned about CCAG's successful efforts to bring about environmental justice in Chelsea, East Boston and Revere.
CUDE's Annual Family Fun Day saw almost 300 participants on a hot June day. The families enjoyed the fun and festivities but also became more acquainted with CUDE's great work to engage parents in their child's education.
Twelve representatives of the Chelsea Collaborative, including board, staff, youth and members, traveled to Denver, Colorado with 40 other Chelsea folks to bring back the prestigious All America City award! The Collaborative's Green Space Committee's work to stop ethanol trains was highlighted in the city's application to the National Civic League for the award; and the Summer Youth Employment Initiative, Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee and Shanbaro Community Association were highlighted in the highly acclaimed Chelsea presentation made to the judges on June 14th. This is the 2nd time the City of Chelsea has received this recognition. The first All America City award was won in 1998. The Collaborative's work was highlighted in that proposal and presentation as well. I Am Chelsea, Si, Se Suede!
May 1, 2014
The Chelsea Creek Action Group has engaged residents from Chelsea, East Boston, Revere and other municipalities in a campaign about the danger of transporting large quantities of ethanol by rail for almost three years. The Chelsea Creek Action Group applauds Speaker DeLeo and the co-sponsors of Amendment 392 to the House Budget 4000 for uplifting the public safety hazards of mile-long ethanol trains traveling through densely populated areas. The Chelsea Creek Action Group is proud to stand with Speaker DeLeo and State Representatives Provost of Somerville, Vincent of Revere, Ryan of Chelsea, Basile of Boston, Toomey of Cambridge, Hecht of Watertown, Sannicandro of Ashland, Atkins of Concord, Keefe of Worcester, Khan of Newton, Rogers of Cambridge, Livingstone of Boston, Brodeur of Melrose, Matewsky of Everett, Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Decker of Cambridge, Walsh of Framingham, Garballey of Arlington and Honan of Boston to urge the Commonwealth’s agencies to work with federal and local counterparts to develop an ethanol transport response plan and temporarily prevent ethanol trains from traveling to the Greater Boston area.
The Chelsea Collaborative's Annual Meeting featured the survey results on a project between the Collaborative's Green Space Committee and the BU School of Public Health. The project, entitled "STAR" - Science to Achieve Results - was funded by EPA to determine the combined effect of social and environmental stressors on human health. The survey consisted of 186-questions about doctor diagnosed health outcomes (asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc.), life stressors (immigration, poverty, violence, etc.), and perceptions of the environment (use of parks, noises, odors, lighting, trees, etc.) among many other topics. 354 Chelsea residents living in one of 5 census tracts completed the surveys. The data is telling especially with regard to
• Access to food
• Safety and security concerns
• The environment
• Public health
• Mental health
A team of staff and members were arrested on April 17, 2014 for blocking the Suffolk County Deportation Center as part of the Not 1 More Deportation protest. The event was part of a Holy Week action throughout the nation, organized by National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), to protest the more than two million deportations carried out under President Obama's administration. The national day of action called on the President and Congress to pass a fair immigration reform and to stop the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants.
Hundreds of activists gathered at Chelsea City Hall on May 1st to Celebrate International Workers Day. Marches from Revere, East Boston and Everett ended in Chelsea where Tefere Gebre, the Vice President of the National AFL-CIO delivered the keynote address. Other notable speakers included Sara Whitman of the Wild Geese Foundation, Senator Sal DiDomenico and City Manager Jay Ash.