On Saturday, PERRO was joined by members of Rising Tide Chicago (RTC) for an action outside the H. Kramer and Company brass smelter located at 1345 West 21st Street, in the heart of the Pilsen community. The rally was held not only to highlight the fact that H. Kramer is the neighborhood’s number one source of lead pollution, but to also draw attention to the fact that while thousands were protesting NATO in Chicago this past weekend, much of H. Kramer’s profits come from its sales to the Defense Department. H. Kramer has been a supplier to the Department of Defense receiving over $8 million in contracts between 2000-2011.
Public Forum of the Future of the Fisk Coal Plant
Thursday, March 22nd
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lozano Library – 1805 South Loomis St.
By now all of you probably know that we have achieved a great victory here in Pilsen. For 109 years, the Fisk coal fired power plant has poisoned the residents of our community. The pollution from Fisk has been responsible for untold thousands of cases of respiratory and cardiovascular illness and shortened life spans. But as of next December, this health crisis will finally come to an end. Midwest Generation has reached an agreement with local community organizations, the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, and the City of Chicago to retire the Fisk plant by Dec. 31st 2012.
Below is a clip from Telemundo featuring PERRO member Claudia Lucero talking about the future of the Fisk site…
Progress Illinois has released a video and article about the problems with Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants and the efforts to pass the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance. It features a number of PERRO members including Jerry Mead-Lucero, Leila Mendez, Rose Gomez and Aran Yoo.
Film about the views of the residents of the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago about issues in the community, particularly about pollution.Film by Sara Trowbridge. Project in association with PERRO(pilsenperro.org). Made in July 2008. Continue reading →
This is a video documentary done by Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization in Chicago. It is a grassroots community group of Pilsen residents that formed in 2004 to fight the disproportionate amount of pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood. PERRO believes all people have the right to live in a clean and healthy environment, regardless of their race and class. Its mission is to spread awareness about this concept of environmental justice and make Pilsen a healthier place to live, work, and raise children.