To: Office of the Governor, 207 State House. Springfield, IL 62706
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Honorable Governor Pat Quinn,
After 17 years of grassroots community organizing in the South Lawndale community and connecting Chicago neighborhoods, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is proud to represent the collective efforts of community residents, supporting organizations, recognized partners, City of Chicago and Illinois State leaders in the global stage of environmental justice.
April 15th, 2013, culminated those efforts as I accepted the 2013 Goldman Prize for North America on behalf of all fellow environmental leaders who stand for the integrity and dignity of citizens and communities, for the work in the Clean Power Coalition. LVEJO shares this award with you, our “Green Governor”, as a recognized partner in the continuous fight for the right to green open space, parks, healthy sustainable communities, and renewable energy resources. Reform, recovery, and responsibility are what we hold our public servants accountable for.
As we prepare for our Memorial Day celebration, we unite to support Veterans for jobs with dignity that will enhance their homecoming communities, and secure the future of their children. This means supporting the Veto of S.B. 1715 and calling it out for what it is, a false solution to a larger problem. Your commitment in “creating better jobs for more people throughout Illinois” is the platform on which we stand in defining what ‘better jobs are’, and it is not the deliberate contamination of our waterways for the profit of few. The science has continually been uncertain that this method can be ‘safely regulated’. The job growth that is being negotiated should not put the health, environment and communities of our veterans at more risk.
We stand united with all Communities from Little Village to the Shawnee National Forest, to Kill Bill SB 1715 . We hope you will stand with us!
LVEJO Executive Director
2013 Goldman Prize Recipient for North America