Stop General Iron from polluting Chicagoan low-income neighborhoods.

Stop General Iron from polluting Chicagoan low-income neighborhoods.

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Imagine you are a student at George Washington Elementary school. You cannot go outside for recess because the air is so toxic, you can’t even walk to school without having a KN-95 mask on! The students and teachers are carrying the burden of the consequences of environmental racism. Imagine if you were walking around the block, but instead of seeing beautiful clear skies and lush green trees, you see a revolting cloud of black smog that is threatening the health of your people and your community. 

Why is General Iron allowed to pollute in a majority Black and Latinx low-income neighborhood, but not in a rich white neighborhood like Lincoln Park?

We are students of a Chicago public elementary school here to inform you about the environmental racism that has happened for decades in Chicago that Black and Latinx people experience. The current situation is that Mayor Lightfoot has given access for General Iron to continue the permit process allowing them to construct a “recycling facility” that can be described as a polluter of land and air. We as student activists are concerned about the impact of this facility on the already existing pollution in these neighborhoods. Our evidence consists of the fact that their recycling facility produces 16 tons of toxic PM10 yearly. As we have learned, PM10 leads to higher morbidity and mortality rates of the COVID-19 virus. Quite the opposite of what should be happening during a pandemic of COVID-19. Furthermore, General Iron will increase demand for trucks coming in and out of the area, more than 100 trucks per day to be exact. An increase in trucks will increase noise pollution and levels of black carbon, a byproduct of diesel. This will have a dramatic impact on the health of the children, seniors, and those with preexisting conditions in the area. 

We are asking you to support the hunger strikers who have been protesting for over 20 days and inspiring people across Chicago to demand that Lori Lightfoot deny the permit for General Iron to move it's factory into majority Black and Latinx communities. Support the activists protesting every day, and us, who are trying to support the cause in any way possible. Please, help us and sign your name. 

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