2012′s David and Goliath in Chicago News
Historic Victory won with Retirement of Chicago’s Two Coal Plants
A decade-long grassroots campaign against two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation…read more
Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison International, announced the retirement of its Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation. The announcement marks a historic victory for a decade-long grassroots campaign to protect Chicago residents from the harmful impacts of coal pollution. According to an agreement signed by Midwest Generation, the Clean Power Coalition, and the City of Chicago, the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen will shut down in 2012 and the Crawford coal plant in Little Village will shut down by 2014. …read more
For over ten years, thousands of Little Village residents have called on government officials and Midwest Generation to shut down the Fisk and Crawford plants. Community organizations in Pilsen and Little Village joined with environmental, health, faith, and labor groups to form the Clean Power Coalition, launching a groundbreaking grassroots campaign to make Chicago a coal-free city. In the last year, thirty five aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel joined on the cause. The agreement also calls for the creation of a community advisory council to address issues such as the toxicity and future use of the sites. This is a major victory for the residents of the Pilsen and Little Village communities.
The retirement of Fisk and Crawford will deliver substantial public health benefits. Researchers from the Clean Air Task Force found that pollution from Fisk and Crawford causes 42 premature deaths, 66 heart attacks and 720 asthma attacks each year. One in four Chicagoans live within a three-mile radius of the smokestacks…read more
A wonderful victory for the community…read more
- Climate Justice - A vision to dissolve and alleviate the unequal burdens created by climate change.
- Clean Power – We sought to have the two largest polluters (Crawford and Fisk Power Plants) in our backyard removed.
- Public Transit – Works to improve fair access for all Chicagoland riders, but focuses special attention on helping transit dependent, low-income riders in Chicago’s poorer communities. A city that works, is a city that serves the needs of ALL it’s riders.
- Urban Land- Pooling our common knowledge and interests, and working with Mother Earth to produce healthy and safe local food sources.
- Open Spaces - Little Village, (95,000 residents), has been fighting for a park for over 10 years. In June ’07 the City of Chicago and Chicago Park District announced they would build a park on the Celotex Superfund toxic waste site. We want a SAFE park!
- YAOTL -Youth – Work on issues that support a fair environment for the community members. Some of the tools we use to combat these injustices are embracing our artistic abilities , making documentaries, videos, newsletters, and most important building ourselves into strong leaders through our community for our community.
We continue to offer group and individualized tours:
Toxic Tours – Take a Toxic Tour of the former Celotex Superfund.
See the danger in your own backyard – for real!
From Little Village to Bolivia to South Africa to Pakistan, the people who are least responsible for creating the problem of climate change are the ones who are most affected by it. Every day, real solutions are coming from these communities who are struggling for a more just and sustainable world. We are part of this grassroots, global movement for climate justice. We reject false solutions that seek to profit from the climate crisis and the privatization of life, land, air, water and other basic resources.