A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

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On January 17th, 2014, student participants at the annual Northwestern University Environment and Human Rights Conference visited Englewood to learn about the impacts of Norfolk Southern’s railroad expansion and SEI’s campaign to protect the community’s interests. Seth Johnson from ELPC, Lydia Waterbear Jordan from NW Environmental Law Clinic, and John Ellis of SEI assisted with the tour. Source: Lydia Waterbear Jordan

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Members of the community gather for a prayer outside Englewood United Methodist Church before a bus takes them to a hearing at City Hall on Aug. 15, 2013. Source: ELPC

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Naomi Davis from the group Blacks in Green speaks to the Chicago Plan Commission and Norfolk Southern representatives on Aug. 15, 2013. Source: ELPC

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Nancy Loeb of the Northwestern Legal Clinic speaks on behalf of Sustainable Englewood Initiatives at the Chicago Plan Commission hearing on Aug. 15, 2013. Source: ELPC

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John Paul Jones, Executive Director of Sustainable Englewood Initiatives, testifies at a Chicago Plan Commission hearing on Aug. 15, 2013. Source: ELPC

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Members of the Englewood community get ready to testify at the Chicago Plan Commission hearing on Aug. 15, 2013. Source: ELPC

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Sustainable Englewood Initiatives held a press conference on Feb. 28, 2013, at City Hall to ask the City to demand stronger pollution controls from Norfolk Southern. The company must purchase city property in order to expand the 47th street railyard in Englewood. Source: DNAinfo

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“The Rev. John Ellis said he has lived in the Englewood community for 25 years and now has breathing problems, even though he does not smoke or drink. He said soon he may have to wear a mask to keep from inhaling fumes created by all the trains that pass through his neighborhood.” Source: DNAinfo

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“John Paul Jones, president of the Englewood Sustainable Initiatives, wants city of Chicago leaders to first hear feedback from residents before agreeing to sale of land to Norfolk Southern.” Source: DNAinfo

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Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs at the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, speaking at the Feb. 28, 2013, press conference at Chicago City Hall. Source: ELPC

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Rev. Harriette Cross, pastor of Englewood United Methodist Church, told the Chicago Tribune that environmental effects of the rail yard project should concern the whole city because poor air doesn’t stop at the boundaries of Englewood. Source: ELPC

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Seth Johnson of the Environmental Law & Policy Center fielding questions at the Feb. 28, 2013, press conference. Source: ELPC

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“John Paul Jones, president of Sustainable Englewood Initiatives, speaks about the proposed Norfolk Southern rail yard expansion at a City Hall news conference Thursday, [Feb. 28, 2013] at which activists pushed for more pollution controls.” Source: Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune

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Englewood residents and members of Sustainable Englewood Initiatives gather on March 9, 2013, inside City Hall.  Members hand-delivered over 600 postcards  to Mayor Emanuel asking the City to demand that Norfolk Southern commit to reasonable actions to protect the health of Englewood residents. Source: ELPC

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A member of Mayor Emanuel’s staff collected over 600 postcards from John Paul Jones, president of Sustainable Englewood Initiatives, and other members of the Englewood community on March 9, 2013, at City Hall. Source: ELPC

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Englewood community members meet at Englewood United Methodist Church to discuss the proposed sale of the 47th street railyard to Norfolk Southern. One speaker was Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs at the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, who spoke about public health concerns. Source: ELPC