Environmental activists are pushing to stay involved during the remediation and redevelopment of polluted sites on
Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Although members of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) called it a victory to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
commit to cleanup efforts in the Pilsen and Little Village
neighborhoods, the group continues to campaign for community engagement
in the area’s revitalization.
The grassroots organization provided project updates and discussed environmentally-friendly initiatives and redevelopment ideas at a public meeting Wednesday.
“We’ve had several really great successes in the last couple years,
Fisk closed down, H. Kramer was forced to clean up their pollution,
these kind of things don’t happen without community pressure,” said
Jerry Mead-Lucero, organizer for PERRO.
“Change requires community pressure, and that’s why it’s so important we
keep informing the residents and keep the community involved so we can make good
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