Dozens of Chicago activists, NPO leaders and elected officials will join Southeast Side hunger strikers in calling on Mayor Lightfoot’s administration to deny General Iron’s (RMG) permit. An additional Southeast Side resident will announce they will join the hunger strike while supporters participate in solidarity days of fasting.
Residents taking part in the hunger strike say that city officials have largely ignored their concerns about the massive metal shredding facility with a questionable history that was shut down after years of protests from a mostly white and affluent neighborhood.
The construction of the Southeast Side facility in a mostly Latino and Black neighborhood is almost complete and residents are concerned that the final permit needed to operate the facility will be rubber-stamped.
Southeast Environmental Task Force