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Youth Perspectives Summit, February 15th

Youth Summit

Youth Perspectives/ Youth Innovation: Global Solutions. Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is working with schools, environmental sustainability organizations, and professionals from the “S.T.E.M.” fields to create an interactive educational space for young people.

Perspectivas Juveniles / Innovación Juvenil: Solución Global. La Organización de Justicia Ambiental de la Villita (LVEJO) está trabajando con profesionales de “S.T.E.M.”, organizaciones comunitarias, escuelas, e instituciones de conservación ambiental para crear un espacio de educación interactivo para los jóvenes.

I call on you to stand for the communities that are demanding a Moratorium on Fracking!

0613mad580x350Fracking Bill Threatens our State and Should be Postponed

An Open Letter to House Leader Michael Madigan
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Dear Representative Madigan,

I was encouraged in May to read your statements on the dangers of introducing the fracking industry to Illinois.  In the Chicago Sun-Times report on May 13, 2013 you stated “Read about what happened in Pennsylvania”, this example is exactly what we need to be doing as a State before making any decisions.  As the current legislation on fracking comes up for a vote in Springfield, I urge you to fulfill your promise of a one year moratorium on fracking and postpone the vote that could bring this disastrous industry to our state.

I would like to encourage you to once again listen to the concerns of the communities that will be directly impacted by fracking.  In southern Illinois, five counties that comprise almost 2000 square miles around the Shawnee National Forest, support a fracking moratorium.  The residents of Jackson, Union, Johnson, and Pope & Hardin share a deep concern for the health of their families and the future of their communities.

Energy companies that specialize in hydraulic fracturing have made inflated promises to communities before.  They promise jobs and a return to prosperity in places that have suffered economic decline.  In reality, they leave harmful chemicals that our injected into our sources of food, water and shelter.

While too many people in our state of Illinois, including returning veterans of war, need to get back to work, the fracking industry is not the solution.  Instead, our state should lead the nation in the development of renewable energy jobs that will strengthen our state’s economy without damaging our beautiful ecosystem.

In Little Village, I have worked diligently to ensure that our children and community members are no longer sickened by energy companies that pollute the air, water, and soil. I also share a proound respect for the needs of returning veterans as my father-in-law was a Vietnam Veteran who after serving his country worked for Amvets as a Service Officer that helped veterans apply for benefits.

I fully understand that our state faces economic challenges.  Yet, this fracking bill also means that Illinois is also at a crucial moment in its environmental history.  For far too long our environment, health and communities have been sold out for the sake of jobs. Our communities and families are then left with the legacy of those promised jobs that not only have permanently impacted our health and communities but our states environment. We must stop this cycle and ensure that our communities are truly invested in the process.

I call on you to stand for the communities that are demanding a Moratorium on Fracking!
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Kimberly Wasserman

Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
2013 Goldman Award Winner

Kim Wasserman One of Six Grassroots Heroes to Win $150,000 Goldman Environmental Prize

Kim Wasserman gets award

2013 recipients come from Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, South Africa and USA

The Prize recognizes achievements in marshland restoration, solid waste management; fighting fracking, marble mining, and coal plant emissions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2013 — The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities.

This year’s winners are:

  -  Kimberly Wasserman led local residents in a successful campaign to shut down two of the country’s oldest and dirtiest power plants and is now transforming Chicago’s old industrial sites into parks and multi-use spaces.

JONATHAN DEAL, South Africa  -  
With no prior experience in grassroots organizing, Jonathan Deal led a successful campaign againstfracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a semi-desert region treasured for its agriculture, beauty and wildlife.

   –  Giving up a comfortable living and family life in California, Azzam Alwash returned to war-torn Iraq to lead local communities in restoring the once-lush marshes that were turned to dustbowls during Saddam Hussein’s rule.

  –  An elementary school teacher, Rossano Ercolini began a public education campaign about the dangers of incinerators in his small Tuscan town that grew into a national Zero Waste movement.

ALETA BAUN, Indonesia  
–  By organizing hundreds of local villagers to peacefully occupy marble mining sites in “weaving protests,” Aleta Baun stopped the destruction of sacred forestland in Mutins Mountain on the island of Timor.

– Unfazed by powerful political opponents and a pervasive culture of violence, Nohra Padilla organized Colombia’s marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of waste management.

About the Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.

The Goldman Environmental Prize, now in its 24th year, is awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions. With an individual cash prize of $150,000, it is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism. The winners will be awarded the Prize at an invitation-only ceremony on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Opera House. A smaller ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. will follow on Wednesday, April 17.

LVEJO’s successful grassroots organizing against the Fisk and Crawford coal plants resulted in their closure 2012.

Closing Crawford and Fisk

Our next campaign: Redeveloping land to create parks, open spaces, and urban agriculture for our communities

Urban Gardens

“My name is Peter” Clean Air Campaign draws wide attention

Peter is making quite the impact in the Chicago Beyond Coal ad campaign!

More outlets have gotten wind of the ad launch and have started connecting the coal fights on both the local and national level:

The American Independent: http://www.americanindependent.com/194831/obamas-smog-decision-backed-by-big-business-donors-called-a-huge-loss-for-public-health

“I want to fight for my kid to be able to breathe, and Midwest Generation is making it more difficult for my kids to be able to breathe,” Wasserman told The American Independent. “We need to make sure that we are not paying a price for a company that’s making money.”

TimeOut Chicago Magazine:

The petition cites “asthma-causing soot” as one of its main concerns. “I’ve spoken to a lot of kids in the [Little Village] neighborhood, and they call the coal plant ‘the cloud maker,’ ” Orphan says. “And they don’t know that cloud is making them sick.”

Titan: Sierra Club Photos – Download PDF here.

Sneak peek Roll Beyond Coal

If you haven’t seen adorable, frail six year-old Peter Wasserman clutching an inhaler, you will soon. In mid-September, environmental advocacy group Sierra Club launched a massive ad campaign to “raise public awareness about the health risks” of coal plants in the Chicago area. The group placed ads featuring Wasserman—one of many people who live next to the Crawford coal plant in Little Village—in newspapers like Hoy and the RedEye, and in 100 CTA trains.
Sierra Club, a national organization, found itself … nancially able to paper the city with its Beyond Coal campaign
after receiving a $50 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies earlier this year. But Chicago’s two coal plants—which, according to the Sierra Club, sit in a three-mile radius of one in four Chicagoans—have other local enemies.
Chicago Clean Power Coalition, a group of about 50 organizations (including the Sierra Club), plans a rally and march in the shadow of Pilsen’s Fisk smokestack on Saturday 24. That day is dubbed International Day of Climate Action, and true to the day’s name, the group takes action by leading Roll Beyond Coal, an 11am bike ride from Daley Plaza to Dvorak Park (1119 W Cullerton St), where the rally commences.
The march aims to use a show of bodies to tell Midwest Generation— owner of both coal plants—“to clean up or retire the plant” and, taking it a step further, to transition workers to clean energy jobs. The Sierra Club’s ad campaign
intends to simply tell Chicagoans that the plants exist. “I don’t think a lot of Chicagoans are aware that we have
coal-operating plants within the city limits,” says Claire Orphan, Sierra Club’s associate press secretary.
“We’re the only major metropolitan area that has one. And we not only have one, we have two.” As of press time, Chicago Clean Power Coalition plans to deliver a petition to City Hall on September 20.
The petition cites “asthma-causing soot” as one of its main concerns. “I’ve spoken to a lot of kids in the [Little Village] neighborhood, and they call the coal plant ‘the cloud maker,’ ” Orphan says. “And they don’t know that cloud is making them sick.”