NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release
Press conference/NEW TIME: 9:00 a.m. TODAY, Thursday, April 16, via Zoom (pre-registration required)
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Elected officials, community leaders demand accountability from Lightfoot administration after Mayor-approved corporate development covers SW side in toxic dust in midst of respiratory pandemic.
CHICAGO—Following this weekend’s unnecessary and unsafe power plant demolition in Little Village, elected officials and community leaders from Little Village and North Lawndale will hold a virtual press conference on Thursday to demand accountability and sweeping reforms from Mayor Lightfoot’s administration. Although Lightfoot has pointed the finger at the corporate developer, Hilco, for the toxic dust that blanketed the SW side on Saturday, it was ultimately a long pattern of harmful and corrupt decisions and policies that led to this toxic tragedy and dozens of others in majority Black and brown low-income and working class neighborhoods in Chicago, beginning with zoning and planning that concentrate the worst polluters in these neighborhoods and entirely exclude communities’ well-being. The onus is always on communities along industrial corridors to police bad players. CDPH, DPD and the City of Chicago inability to coordinate their efforts to protect the public’s health is unacceptable. As part of the Right to Recovery campaign, activists will continue to underscore the public interventions needed—including the cessation of all polluting activities–to protect and care for working-class communities of color.