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.
The Chelsea Green Space Committee, the Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) and the City of Chelsea organized the 16th Annual Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration on May 3, 2014. More than 100 residents descended on the city to clean-up more than 15 locations. The volunteers removed more than 120 bags of trash, 14 tires, shopping carts and half of an old rusted boat.
The Chelsea Collaborative board, staff and members participated in Strategic Planning sessions from January to April. The Popular Education Consultants, Isabel Vinent, Ph.D, Reca Fernandez, Ph.D, and Dawn Adolfson, BA lead the Collaborative through an in depth review of strengths, assets and areas for improvements. More than 125 people participated in the strategic planning sessions and conversations from January to April 2014. The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st.
The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st.
The Chelsea Collaborative is partnering with Harvard University's School of Public Health on a research project to assess the mental health challenges of children and families in the Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugee communities in order to develop a model to provide family supports.
The Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) collected 530 petition signatures in support of the Youth T Pass. They are working with the Youth Affordabili(T)y Coalition to ensure public transportation is safe and affordable for teens and young adults. For more information on the campaign, please visit http://youthwayonthembta.org/yac.