Petition of Protest to Stop General Iron
Dear Chicago city officials:
I’m writing today to ask you to deny the move of General Iron’s operations to the Southeast Side of Chicago.
General Iron has been cited repeatedly for violating the City of Chicago’s environmental codes, they’ve been responsible for dangerous explosions and fires, and they’ve been shut down for public health violations.
And now, in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis (which is hitting communities of color harder on all levels), they want to move their operations to a working-class community of color that’s already overburdened with pollution.
This is environmental racism in action — and is indicative of the type of injustice communities of color deal with every day.
Although the inequalities that exist in our country are not new, we have a new opportunity to address them in light of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and the renewed push for racial justice.
Please prioritize the health of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents over industrial profits. I ask that you immediately deny environmental approvals that would enable this operation to start up in Chicago’s Southeast Side.
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