PETITION OF PROTEST: Stop a Dirty Metal Shredder from Threatening the Health of Working-Class Communities of Color!

General Iron — a huge industrial metal shredder that emits multiple air pollutants — is pushing to move its operations from the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood to a working-class community of color on Chicago’s Southeast Side.

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.

Now, in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, they want to move their operations to a neighborhood that’s already overburdened with pollution.

And if General Iron is allowed to move its operations, the new facility would be located right near an elementary school, a high school, and on the banks of the already industrialized and extremely polluted Calumet River.

This is environmental racism in action — and is indicative of the type of injustice communities of color deal with every day.

The City of Chicago still has the chance to do the right thing and deny General Iron’s permit application. That’s why we need people across the country to keep the pressure on Chicago city officials to STOP General Iron!

Sign our petition of protest today and fight for environmental justice!

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General Iron — a huge industrial metal shredder that emits multiple air pollutants — is pushing to move its operations to Chicago’s Southeast Side, a community of color that’s already overburdened with pollution. This is environmental racism in action. Sign our petition of protest today and fight for environmental justice!

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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