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Air Testing Set Near Little Village Coal Plants
Se Examina El Aire Cerca de Plantas de Carbon en La Villita
Join LVEJO for a Community Meeting Monday, Dec. 3rd at 6pm
at St. Agnes of Bohemia – Manz Hall, 2658 S. Millard
For More information contact: Rafael Hurtado – Community Organizer
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PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) member Claudia Lucero talks about the importance of remediating the Fisk and Crawford coal plant sites after they close down.
As reported by CBS: “…it’s the end of a long battle against air pollution and the diseases it triggers. Environmentalists have waged a long and fierce battle with the two coal-fired power plants – the Fisk plant, at 1111 W. Cermak Rd. in the Pilsen neighborhood; and the Crawford plant at 3501 S. Pulaski Rd., in the Little Village neighborhood.
Chanting “yes, we can” community activists gathered in the shadow of the Fisk power plant on Wednesday, flashing the victory sign, and celebrating the coming closure of two major polluters.
Lillian Marian Molina, with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, said, “Parents will not have to miss work, due to their children having asthma attacks. They won’t have to rush their children to the hospital as frequently. They won’t have to look at these polluting facilities much longer.”
Feb. 29th, 2012: Midwest Generation today announced that it will retire its two Chicago power plants, as the result of an agreement forged with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago in consultation with community groups and aldermen. The Fisk Station at 1111 W. Cermak Road will be closed no later than the end of 2012, and the Crawford Station at 3601 S. Pulaski Road will be closed by the end of 2014….read more
(Above several images from our struggle against these plants)…read more
Our on-going mission is to work with our families, coworkers, and neighbors to improve our environment and lives in Little Village and through out Chicago through democracy in action. We work for a real voice in building democracy, including if, how, when and where any development of our communities takes place, as the basis for environmental, economic and social justice. Our environment is where we live, work, study, play and pray. We work with, not against our Mother Earth and Nature to once again make our air healthy to breath, our water safe to drink, and to free our earth from poisons to grow healthy foods.
We believe democracy means giving time and space for every voice to be heard and counted in everyday matters, full participation in all types of decision-making that affects our lives, and determining the future of our neighborhood and city.
In order to stabilize the climate before billions of people around the world suffer the consequences, it is an imperative that carbon-trading schemes are stopped and real, democratically determined solutions are implemented.
We oppose any privatization of public resources, from public transit to education to health care to water. We firmly believe that privatization of the commons (what belongs to all of us) is a social justice issue. In response to growing interest among city officials in privatizing Chicago’s water system, LVEJO has launched a campaign to keep our water in public hands, and defend everyone’s right to safe, clean and affordable water.
Millions of people in and around Chicago depend on the city’s water system to meet basic needs. Please join us in claiming water as our common resource and ensuring that our water infrastructure remains under public control. Water is a right, not a commodity.