Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 9 Sept

The Indiana State Conference of the NAACP on Tuesday released a statement about the lead crisis in East Chicago. Notably they consider the plight of the entire Calumet community, a perspective generally lacking in all but local coverage of this crisis. They vow to “continue investigating this incident, as well as advocate for culturally competent service provision, transparency of the administration of funds, and establishment of local hire and disadvantaged business enterprise provisions for all work/contract opportunities in the response to this travesty. The NAACP will also work directly on securing healthy fruits and vegetables for distribution through community centers and local church pantries, and documenting community concerns by recording complaints and convening community forums.”

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