East Chicago Lead Crisis Is Topic at Nov. 2 Environmental Justice Forum at RU

Thomas Frank, a member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force and an activist working with residents of an East Chicago public housing complex located on a toxic lead site will be one of the speakers at Roosevelt University’s Nov. 2


Thomas Frank of SETF

“Just By Nature” environmental justice forum.

The forum entitled “Deindustrialization, Reindustrialization and Sustainable Alternatives on Chicago’s Southeast Side” will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Roosevelt’s second floor Sullivan Room, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

An artist and resident of East Chicago, IN, Frank is expected to provide an update on the lead crisis and what may be in store for hundreds of residents who are up against a deadline to move out of an East Chicago public housing complex in order to make way for a planned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleanup.

Sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, the event is free and open to the public. Other forum speakers tomorrow include: Cheryl Johnson, president of People for Community Recovery; and Peggy Salazar, board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force.

For more information, contact Prof. Bethany Barratt at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu.

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