The Environmental Justice Exchange: An Air Pollution Fight in Pilsen

Environmental reporter Brett Chase was joined by community experts Mary Gonzales, Tanya Lozano, Theresa McNamara and Olga Bautista for a conversation about air pollution and a scrap-metal operation in Pilsen.

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Brought to you by The Chicago Community Trust

At the latest Environmental Justice Exchange, community experts discussed a controversial scrap-metal operation in Pilsen, living next to Sims Metal Management in an area of the city that suffers from poor air quality and neighbors’ concerns about their health.

Our event moderator, Brett Chase, Sun-Times environmental reporter, was joined by special guests:

  • Mary Gonzales, chair of the Social Justice Committee at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pilsen
  • Tanya Lozano, director of Healthy Hood Chicago and a local community activist
  • Theresa McNamara, chairwoman of the Southwest Environmental Alliance
  • Olga Bautista, executive director of the Southeast Environmental Task Force

Watch the conversation now, available in English and Spanish.

This event was made possible by the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust.

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