East Chicago lead crisis to be topic at Nov. 2 environmental justice forum at Roosevelt University

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THE EPA HAS posted this sign throughout the complex to discourage children from coming in contact with the soil. (Photos by Ruth Needleman)

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 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.

A resident of East Chicago, 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 include: Cheryl Johnson, president of People for Community Recovery and Peggy Salazar, board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force.
For more information, contact Bethany Barratt at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu.

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