Chelsea Youth, led by the ECO youth crew, participated in the Annual Youth Jobs Rally and March to the State House. Pictured here, Chelsea youth spent quality time with Senator Sal DiDomenico who is a champion advocating for Chelsea youth.
The Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) has been organizing and mobilizing their peers to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues affecting Chelsea youth and to strategize for ways to address those concerns. On a cold March afternoon, more than 50 Chelsea teens attended the second Youth Committee meeting to learn about anti-violence activities being organized through B-Peace and immigration concerns facing youth as presented by the Student Immigration Movement (SIM).
The Chelsea Collaborative Board and Staff offer sincerest gratitude to its Annual Gala Sponsors. Thank you for contributing toward the mission and work of the Collaborative and its community-based committees!
Silvia López Chavez project, Fresh Air, explores the environmental and political aspects within air quality issues in Chelsea, MA, inviting the community to participate by sharing their story and serving as models for mixed media portraits. The one-year project is partly funded by a LCC, Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. For more information, please visit Sylvia's website at www.sylvialopezchavez.com
Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of land area, with a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2). It is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville.
Chelsea has one the highest asthma rate incidence along with Revere and Everett. It has heavy diesel trucking corridors that cut through and surround the city servicing many companies and industries. Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) is significantly higher for corridor towns, which is linked to respiratory deceases, lung cancer and asthma incidence. Chelsea is the 3rd most environmentally overburdened community in Massachusetts. It has the highest rate of respiratory illnesses (child-senior), strokes, and cardiovascular disease in Massachusetts.
WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.
Changes are starting to happen thanks to the hard work of Chelsea community organizers, residents advocates and leaders who are invested to make Chelsea thrive. We can make this historic city who has welcomed so many immigrants for hundreds of years, a much healthier place to live, work and play for many more to come.
The project started as part of the artist's participation in the Process Goes Public exhibition at the Mills Gallery in January 2013
FoodCorps Fellow Madelyn Herzog taught second graders at the Mary C. Burke Elementary School in Chelsea about the importance of eating healthy and how they and their families can grow food at home or in community gardens. Madelyn is a fellow based at the Chelsea Collaborative and MGH's Healthy Chelsea Initiative where she is working to expand community gardens and school gardens in Chelsea and increasing access to and knowledge about eating healthy and locally grown foods.
Health Care of All and the Chelsea Collaborative, together with state and local officials, celebrated exceeding local and regional canvassing goals to encourage residents to re-enroll in the Affordable Care Act prior to the February 15th deadline. The Chelsea Collaborative's team of door-knockers battled brutal, cold, snowy and icy conditions to knock on more than 12,000 doors to help Health Care for All reach 300,000 doors in state. Here the Chelsea Team celebrates with Health Care for All Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Chelsea City Councilor Leo Robinson, Chelsea School Committee members Ana Hernandez and Lucia Colon and Chelsea's Health and Human Services Director Luis Prado.
Despite the cold, rainy weather, more than 50 Chelsea residents and members of the Chelsea Collaborative jam packed the organization's offices to actively participate in the Annual Planning Retreat carried out jointly by the Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee and the Chelsea Citywide Tenants Association. The committee members evaluated the success and challenges in meeting last year's work plan and devised strategies for implementing even more aggressive and exciting work for 2015.
After five years of advocacy the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance, of which Green Space is a member, celebrated a huge victory when Governor Patrick signed the Massachusetts Executive Order on Environmental Justice!
The Executive Order requires the following actions:
The establishment of a Governor’s Advisory Council to advise the Governor and Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary on Environmental Justice Issues.
EEA is required to update its 2002 Environmental Justice Policy within 60 days
Each Secretariat is required to appoint a Secretariat Environmental Justice Coordinator within 30 days. The Coordinator shall review Secretariat programs to determine which programs implicate Environmental Justice issues.
Secretariats are required to post their Environmental Justice strategies online within 180 days.
The Director of Environmental Justice is required to periodically convene the Secretariat Coordinators to meet as the Interagency Environmental Justice Coordinating Group.
More than 250 people joined the Chelsea Collaborative Board and Staff in celebrating the numerous accomplishments of this year's unsung heroes. This year's heroes are Chelsea Bank President Joe Vinard for his work in promoting economic justice, ACE Senior Attorney Staci Rubin who fights tirelessly for environmental justice, Workers of Market Basket and Workers employed with US Kleaning Company for two very successful workers' rights campaigns; and Choice Thru Education Founder Susan Clark, posthumously, for lifetime achievements to the community, particularly, youth of Chelsea. The Collaborative also recognized the numerous achievements of outgoing City Manager Jay Ash. Gladys Vega and Roseann Bongiovanni, on behalf of the entire Collaborative membership, presented Jay with a mini bull horn to ensure that "our voices echo in [his] ears" for years to come.
The Chelsea Collaborative organized the biggest meeting of the year on Wednesday October 29th with over 1000 victims of the Telex Free scam. The meeting was held at the Mary C. Burke Elementary School Complex. These victims came to speak out about what could be the biggest ponzi scheme in the history of Massachusetts and likely one of the largest cases of fraud in the United States. Thousands and thousands of individuals invested in a business pyramid with Telex Free only to lose a lifetime's savings. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz came to Chelsea to meet with the victims and to provide them with information on the legal direction of actions against the company.