If you were unable to make the November 13th Public Forum on Pure Metal Recycling’s proposal to open a scrap metal recycling facility in the Pilsen neighborhood along Loomis St. from Cermak Rd. to the river, we still want to hear from you. Pure Metal Recycling plans to open a facility which will collect and shred scrap metal. To find out more about the proposal see these following news articles…
To let us know what you think, click on one of the following links to answer a quick survey.
Join PERRO at a community hearing on Wednesday, November 13th at Juarez High School for a discussion on Acme Refining Co.’s proposal to open a new metal recycling plant in the Pilsen neighborhood along Loomis St. from Cermak Rd. to the river. Acme Refining plans to open a facility which will collect and shred scrap metal under the name Pure Metal Recycling. You will get the opportunity to hear from representatives of Acme Refining and ask questions about how this impacts you as a Pilsen resident. For example:
* What are some of the environmental impacts of their operations (noise/dust)?
* What sustainability measures is Acme Refining Company committed to?
* How will their operations impact traffic in the community?
* How many local jobs is Acme Refining Company committed to creating in Pilsen, and for Pilsen residents?
Please join us at this event to find out, and bring any additional questions you have:
Pilsen Community Hearing on proposed new metal recycling facility
Juarez High School – 1510 W. Cermak Rd.
Wednesday, November 13th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Let us know you are coming…
Join PERRO to celebrate Earth Day on April 20th at the Mary Zepeda Native Plant Garden!
On April 20th PERRO, Roots and Rays Community Garden and Casa Michoacán will be hosting a series of workshops including…
- Safe gardening in polluted soils
- Building raised beds
- Seed swapping/starting
- Native animals
- Re-dedicating the PERRO Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda as a permanent addition to the garden
Saturday, April 20th – 11 AM until 2:00 PM
Mary Zepeda Native Plant Garden – 1423 W. 17th St.
In case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors at Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
For more info and to lets us know you are coming, go to…
PERRO Featured on recent episode of Adelante Chicago – the link is here.
The United Nations predicts that by 2050, there could be as many as 150 million “climate refugees” around the globe – people forced to flee their homes because of a changing climate. Many of those forced to migrate because of climate change will come from Latin America. We have already seen the impact of the drought in northern Mexico over the past three years and hurricanes like Hurricane Mitch, Stan and Wilma. We will see more of these extreme weather events in the coming years. Governments need to acknowledge that these events will result in increased migration and prepare to assist those who are forced to migrate.
Come to a discussion on…
* How will climate change force people to migrate?
* How does US immigration policy need to change to address climate change?
* What international agreements need to be made to deal with this crisis?
Wednesday, April 17th – 6:30 PM
Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
Co-sponsored by PERRO and La Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones Migrantes
Please see our event page and let us know you are coming…
Kari Lydersen, a chicago based freelance journalist who has done an excellent job over the years covering environmental justice issues in Pilsen wrote the following article for Midwest Energy News based on the public forum we hosted last week with the US EPA. We appreciate Kari’s continuing coverage of environmental issues in our community and are grateful for her attendance at the forum. But we have received several questions from those who read her article and we want to clarify a few things.
When Kari says concerns with pollution at Fisk “have been largely laid to rest”, she is referring to the EPA air pollution and radiation testing conducted in December that showed under current conditions there is no evidence of contamination on the Fisk property affecting the surrounding community. This does not mean that there is no contamination on the Fisk property. We know from reports and other documents turned over by Midwest Generation and ComEd to the EPA that there are levels of contaminants on site that you would expect from an over one hundred year old industrial site. Depending on the sites future use, parts of the site will need to be remediated in the future. As a member of the Fisk Reuse Task Force PERRO continues to work on this issue and monitor developments at the site. Remediation will likely be undertaken by whoever purchases the site from Midwest Generation and we will be closely watching what happens in regards to future remediation. In addition, if any demolition or similar activist occurs at the site, this will potential release contaminants into the surrounding community. The EPA has already expressed their willingness to conduct further testing if activity on the site raises the possibility of pollution affecting nearby residents.
THEORY MEETS PRACTICE: A TEACH-IN ON ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM
with Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (P.E.R.R.O) and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
November 19th, 1 PM at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center @ Building 2 (B2) [Across for Lecture Center C, located by The Quad].
Learn how these community organizations organized at the grassroots level around the environmental issues in the Little Village and Pilsen Community. All levels of experience and knowledge welcomed.
FREE MEXICAN CATERED LUNCH. FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
Food courtesy of Mexican Students de Aztlan (MESA)
Co-Sponsored by the Community Development Committee (CDC), part of Students of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) Student Government at UIC.
PERRO will be joining with Casa Michoacán and El Hogar del Nino to host a series of Dia de los Muertos events at the Mary Zepeda Native Garden. The first of these will be a butterfly workshop and a ecological loteria game on Thursday, Nov. 1st. from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Please join us!
Join PERRO and Pros Arts Studio for this year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration and procession. Let us know you are coming…
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