Join Open University of the Left on Saturday May 13 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library at 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, (at Damen) free parking, Wheelchair accessible, (Red Line: Fullerton)
For much of the 20th century East Chicago, Indiana was known as Steeltown. It was a bustling city on the southern shores of Lake Michigan that boasted of being the most industrial city in the world. Now, after 40-years of globalization with the flight of capital the legacy of East Chicago’s industrial economy has left behind massive amounts of toxic and contaminated land, water, air, populations and politics. The Toxic Tour is a story of East Chicago’s existing circumstances.
Thomas Frank is an Artist/Activist working for environmental and climate justice in the Calumet region. He is committed to addressing the environmental legacy of a hundred-plus years of industrial activities on the southern shores of Lake Michigan and fighting for community focused development and a “Just Transition” to a low-carbon economy. He has served on as well as directed numerous environmental advocacy organizations including 350 Indiana, Southeast Chicago Coalition to Ban Petcoke and the Wolf Lake Initiative to name just a few.