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Friends of the Park Interview Youth Activist Yesenia Chavez, Southeast Side March 2021.

Welcome to a new series from Friends of the Parks dedicated to lifting up the voices of young people. The goal for this series is to highlight Chicago youth driving environmental, social and economic justice. Their stories help to inspire, equip and mobilize all of us, including the next generation of park activists. The first guest is Yesenia Chavez a member of the United Neighbors of the 10th Ward, a student at Olive-Harvey College, and an activist in an ongoing hunger strike to prevent a metal shredding company from relocating to the southeast side of Chicago. Andrea Dennis is the host and Director of Environmental Education and Engagement at Friends of the Parks.

While at Rowan Park, in view of the proposed General Iron/RMG site across the street, we watched an interview with one of the Southeast Side hunger strikers, Yesenia Chavez, conducted by FOTP Director of Environmental Education and Engagement Andrea Dennis. Yesenia walked us through her experiences growing up in South Chicago and how that shaped her understanding of environmental racism. She also talked about how much she loves Calumet Park! To checkout the interview with Yesenia, click here.


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