Analyzing the socio political climate of the General Iron Strike in Chicago, Illinois

In February, protesters started a one-month hunger strike against the plan for General Iron to relocate their metal shredding operations. Through an in-depth literature review, I will investigate the role and history of mobilization in social movements in Chicago and contributing socio-political factors that have led to the hunger strike. The strike is opposing the relocation of General Iron to the Southeast Side of Chicago, a majority LatinX neighborhood, from an affluent predominantly white neighborhood, Lincoln Park. An examination of these varied documents will demonstrate the factors that have contributed to this issue as well as the environmental and health impacts on the community. This act of environmental racism has detrimental health impacts on the surrounding populations including asthma and other immunocompromised disorders.
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Abstract/Description: In February, protesters started a one-month hunger strike against the plan for General Iron to relocate their metal shredding operations. Through an in-depth literature review, I will investigate the role and history of mobilization in social movements in Chicago and contributing socio-political factors that have led to the hunger strike. The strike is opposing the relocation of General Iron to the Southeast Side of Chicago, a majority LatinX neighborhood, from an affluent predominantly white neighborhood, Lincoln Park. An examination of these varied documents will demonstrate the factors that have contributed to this issue as well as the environmental and health impacts on the community. This act of environmental racism has detrimental health impacts on the surrounding populations including asthma and other immunocompromised disorders.
Subject(s): Health impacts
Undergraduate Research
Environmental racism
Date Issued: 2021