Please join the Roosevelt community for “A Toxic Tour of East Chicago,” a conversation with Thomas Frank, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Sullivan Room.
In the wake of his community’s successful efforts to stop profligate petcoke stockpiling in the Koch Brothers’ KCBX terminals, and the still-unfolding lead crisis in West Chicago, Mr. Frank will discuss new environmental and quality of life challenges threatening the Southeast Side and other frontline environmental justice communities, and the way the region’s political processes perpetuates these threats.
Thomas Frank is an Artist / Organizer working for environmental and climate justice in the Calumet and Great Lakes regions. Thomas is a lead organizer with the Community Strategy Group in East Chicago, a board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, founder of 350 Indiana and the Dunelands Environmental Justice Alliance, and a member of the Southeast Chicago Coalition to Ban Petcoke. He has worked with at-risk teens, in a Boating, Aquatics and Marine Science program (B.A.M.S.) through Purdue University NWI, and served as the executive director of the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal, considered the most polluted body of water in the country. Thomas became active in environmental and climate justice with the the announcement that BP would be building the largest Tar Sands refinery in the country in his community of East Chicago.
This event is part of The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project’s 2018 Crucial Environmental Justice Conversations Series, “Just By Nature.” Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project (firstname.lastname@example.org).