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“NO METAL SHREDDER!” Say Pilsen Voters by 84%!

Voting on Nov. 4th 2014 at Lozano Library, Pilsen.

Yesterday the voters of Pilsen spoke; PERRO’s referendum to the people of the 2nd precinct, 25th Ward (where the shredder would be located) asking if the shredder should be opposed passed 84% in favor of opposition. See the results for yourself here.

Congratulations to the community for expressing their view and to the many PERRO volunteers who knocked doors, had hundreds of conversations with neighbors and handed out many more fliers!

If you are reading this and haven’t done so, please JOIN PERRO! Come to our next meeting! Contact Victoria Leigh Thurmond at (312) 854-9247 or victoria@pilsenperro.org to find out more.

From the PERRO archives: early PERRO radio interviews

This has been a long fight, friends! Check out these photos from our archives from 2005 when PERRO members were first alerting the community about the dangers of lead pollution from H. Kramer.

2005 PERRO radio interview with Radio Arte - Teresa Medina, Karen Sheets, Sergio Hernandez
2005 PERRO radio interview with Radio Arte – Teresa Medina, Karen Sheets, Sergio Hernandez
2005 PERRO radio interview with Radio Arte - Teresa Medina, Karen Sheets, Sergio Hernandez
2005 PERRO radio interview with Radio Arte – Teresa Medina, Karen Sheets, Sergio Hernandez

SUN-TIMES: CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school

As reported today by the Sun-Times, our thanks go out to CTU President Karen Lewis for her well-placed concern for the health and safety of the children at Juarez H.S. and the community at large posed by the just-approved metal shredder set to arrive just across the street:

CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school

BY DAN MIHALOPOULOS Staff Reporter February 27, 2014 5:23PM

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis injected herself into a long-running neighborhood zoning fight on Thursday, alleging students at a public high school would face danger from a newly approved metal shredder in Pilsen.

On Friday, a city panel endorsed the plan, which also was backed by Ald. Danny Solis (25th). Lewis said she was concerned because the shredder site is close to Benito Juarez High School.

“That ‘s an environmental hazard for the students and the people who work in that building and should not be tolerated,” she said. “It’s right across the street from Juarez.”

She also pointed out that the Internal Revenue Service last year raided the Bridgeport headquarters of Acme Refining­. That’s at the same address given to city officials by Brett Baron, a 50 percent investor in the Pilsen plant. Baron has said he has no ownership stake in Acme, where he works in the family business. Continue reading SUN-TIMES: CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school

PERRO News Release on Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault

PERRO’s Co-Release:

Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault on Chicago’s Near South Side

February 17, 2014

Noise Free America
For immediate release

Contact:
Jerry Mead Lucero
312-502-7867
jerry@pilsenperro.org

Ted Rueter
877-NOISE-NO
director@noisefree.org

Chapel Hill: Chicago Helicopter Express has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America for proposing a $12.5 million helipad, to be located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago’s Near South Side. The facility would include “helicopter landing and departure pads, a water taxi dock, and observation deck. The company’s helicopters would fly at 1,300 feet and mostly follow flight paths toward Lake Michigan along the nearby expressways.” The facility would serve as a launching pad for chartered flights and aerial tours.

In reality, the proposed heliport would be a sonic assault on the Pilsen neighborhood–which already experiences excessive noise. The Chicago city council recently approved a “vertiport” helicopter facility on a vacant 10-acre lot near Wood Street and 15th Street, close to Stroger Hospital. If the new heliport is approved, the Pilsen neighborhood would be surrounded by helicopter noise. Continue reading PERRO News Release on Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault

PERRO and Greenpeace announce the Chicago premiere of “Monsters” (food, drinks & DVD included!)

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR TONIGHT FRIDAY AUG. 30. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE.

Monsters viewing.PERRO and Greenpeace announce the Chicago premiere of “Monsters,” a documentary about the fight to close Chicago’s coal-fired power plants.

Friday Aug 30 at 8PM. National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th St  Chicago, IL 60608)

Tickets to support the work of PERRO are $30 (tickets include food and drink and a DVD of the movie!!).

 

H. Kramer Settles with Government – will install new pollution controls

For Press Inquiries, please call Dorian Breuer at 773 809 3817.

PERRO has just received the welcome news [also repoted by the Chicago Tribune and NPR] of the settlement between H. Kramer and the State of Illinois. H. Kramer is being forced to install new pollution control equipment that we hope will reduce the amount of lead it puts into the air to a very low level. This settlement appears to be the most significant advance in our nine year battle to get these emissions cleaned up.

The months that PERRO members spent meeting with Government officials paid off and we appreciate the efforts of the Illinois EPA, the U.S. EPA, the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Department of Justice to advocate on the community’s behalf.

From what we can see in the decree – it looks as though the main goal of the negotiators on behalf of the community was to ensure that continued emissions of lead from H. Kramer virtually stops after the new baghouse and filter equipment is installed. If that goal can be accomplished, then this will be a significant victory for the community and a message to other polluters in Chicago and elsewhere that they must follow the law.

PERRO will study the agreement, assist in releasing it to the community and gather and send comments that arise.

PERRO is disappointed that H. Kramer refused to agree to Supplemental Environmental Project ideas that PERRO submitted in late 2011 (available here: http://pilsenperro.org/docs/PERROSEPProposal10262011.doc.pdf) that we believe would have helped with additional efforts to prevent lead exposure by children in Pilsen.

PERRO in the News: Tribune Covers Dangerous Lead-Polluted Site in Pilsen

947 W. Cullerton, Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne has published an excellent front-page article [article on the Tribune’s websitea copy on PERRO’s website] on the delays in addressing a lead-polluted site at 947 W Cullerton and it mentions PERRO’s long-time efforts in the community to address exposure to pollution. Please see the article here or a copy on our site here.

The site has been found to be over 14 times the legal limit for lead in the soil and PERRO recently posted warning signs at the site to attempt to ensure residents stay away from the site. PERRO has also started a web-page with information about the site here: pilsenperro.org/947

Where the article mentions PERRO:

Members Make Signs

Lead pollution is a well-known problem in Pilsen. In 2005, a year before state inspectors tested the Loewenthal Metals site, a group called the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization collected soil samples from several yards and parks in the neighborhood and found lead levels that far exceeded the federal cleanup standard for residential areas.

Continue reading PERRO in the News: Tribune Covers Dangerous Lead-Polluted Site in Pilsen

Dia de los Muertos Community Procession: Breathtaking Pilsen

Join PERRO and Pros Arts Studio for this year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration and procession.  Let us know you are coming…

http://www.facebook.com/events/464910800225857/

Here is all the information from Pros Arts Studio’s website:

Held on Friday, November 2nd. Free and open to the community.

Pros Arts Studio, in residence at Dvorak Park and in collaboration with P.E.R.R.O., proudly presents the 33rd annual Dia de Muertos celebration, Muertos de la Risa in Breathatking Pilsen– an evening of spectacle, community activisim and ancestral remembrance in joyful celebration, thigh-slapping carcajadas and belly laughter.

Held at Dvorak Park 
1119 W. Cullerton
Chicago, IL 60608

Join us for a community procession featuring giant pole puppets, face painting, and multi-media street-level ofrendas:

4 p.m. Face Painting
5 p.m. Calavera Circus
6 p.m. Community Procession
7 p.m. Nahui Ollin
7:30pm  Refreshments

Continue reading Dia de los Muertos Community Procession: Breathtaking Pilsen

PERRO in the News: In Pilsen questions remain over cleanup of Fisk site

From Drew Kann of Medill Reports: “In Pilsen questions remain over cleanup of Fisk site

Drew Kann/MEDILL. PERRO volunteers at this past weekend’s open house show the local activist group’s recently released recommendations for the use of the Fisk Generation Station site.

PERRO volunteers at this past weekend’s open house show the local activist group’s recently released recommendations for the use of the Fisk Generation Station site.

Drew Kann/MEDILL. PERRO volunteer Rose Gomez makes a sign at Saturday’s open-house viewing of the activist group’s redevelopment plans for the now-shuttered Fisk Generation Station site.

Outlined in blue is the land on the Fisk Generation Station site that is available for future redevelopment, according to the PERRO report.

There is no shortage of ideas among Pilsen residents about what to do with the site of the now-shuttered Fisk Generation Station located in the West Side Chicago neighborhood.

However, many in the area seem to share one concern: site remediation and cleanup.

Continue reading PERRO in the News: In Pilsen questions remain over cleanup of Fisk site