Poor people and people of color disproportionately experience the negative effects of pollution and environmental destruction. From climate change to the pollution of our region’s waterways, Crossroads Fund grantees are taking on the biggest environmental issues in Chicago. Current and former Crossroads Funds grantees, including the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, the Pilsen Alliance, the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization, the Nuclear Energy Information Service, and the 8th Day Center for Justice were instrumental in winning the long running campaign to close two coal-fired power plants in Chicago. These Crossroads Fund grantees spent years organizing from the ground up, educating their neighbors, engaging in protest and direct action, working with their aldermen and partnering with environmental research and advocacy organizations to fight these power plants that were destroying the environment and damaging the health of their communities.
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