Press Event: Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Historic Win for Clean Air in Chicago
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
On Thursday, March 1st, hundreds of Pilsen and Little Village residents, along with supporters from the Chicago Clean Power Coalition will gather at Dvorak Park in Pilsen to take part in a press conference and historical celebration in reaction to the retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants. Community members have been waiting for years to see an end to the pollution from Midwest Generation’s Fisk and Crawford coal plants that contribute to over 42 premature deaths, 720 asthma attacks, and $120 million in health costs every year. Children and families from the neighborhood will gather to celebrate this enormous victory for clean air and the health of Chicago residents.
What: Press Conference and “Retirement Party” for Midwest Generations Fisk and Crawford coal plants.
When: Thursday, March 1st – 11:00 am
Where: Dvorak Park, 1100 W. Cermak (corner of Cermak & May St.) Chicago, IL 60608
Who: Members of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition and local community residents
Kim Wasserman, LVEJO — Little Village Community
Leila Mendez, PERRO — Pilsen Community
Rosalie Mancera, Pilsen Alliance — Pilsen Community
Brian Urbaszewski, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Faith Bugel, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Exciting Visuals: Hundreds of Pilsen and Little Village residents will gather with environmental leaders in a public park, in the shadow of a coal plant that has been retired. Large colorful signs and banners, children and celebratory chants will feature prominently in the celebration.