Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 18 Aug

Residents of the soon-to-be evacuated West Calumet Complex (zone 1) are organizing a list of demands around rental credits, the return of security deposits, a halt to fines and deductions, an end of intimidation from the housing authority, waivers of previous fines, free comprehensive health screenings, expansion of air, ground, and water testing, among other things. A report from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law describing the relocation process as “dysfunctional” was described in this mornings NWI Times.

The Young Turks have two new videos, raising issues concerning environmental racism, Indiana governor and Donald Trump running-mate Mike Pence, and the dearth of national media coverage. Toxic Levels of Leads In Soil of East Chicago, Indiana features commentary from Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur. The second video, VP Candidate Mike Pence DOING NOTHING About Lead Crisis, is a continuation of Jordan Charitan’s earlier report:

Truthdig featured excerpts from TYT in this Tuesday article.

Veracity In Defiance released an 8-minute interview with Bishop Tavis Grant of East Chicago, speaking about state issues and the day-to-day struggles for West Calumet residents:

 

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