John Christopher, FBI, Jackson discussed on Reveal
I asked if he would talk to me, and if not if he would pass John Christopher a message for me. And this was the response. I got from the FBI public information officer. Hi, robyn. It's Rebecca at the FBI I spoke with ancient, and he says that he he, she's, I guess empathy for the force, but not the pricing. He declined to participate again. He says that it is his responsibility to protect his source, and that he hopes that you understand that so thank you very much. And let me know giving question. Even after all this time it appears that the FBI is still protecting. John Christopher what about all the trash he left behind? I mean the dump itself what happened to it. Well, when the feds washed their hands of this problem and said by Chicago, and with all the intense public scrutiny and the national media coverage that operation silver shovel had garnered the city finally stepped in and started awarding contracts to companies who could haul all this rubble away, remember, the law or amount, Henry once stood spanned twenty one acres, and the mountain itself was six stories tall. So these cleanup contracts, we're going to be really big and really lucrative. The cleanup had just started in January nineteen ninety six when the Reverend Jesse Jackson Stockton, the right to remove the community because of is going to be a good, lucrative job for someone. To have the job. So Reverend Jackson civil rights activist and two-time candidate for president at I come to Chicago in the nineteen sixties, his rainbow push coalition is headquartered here. And the way Jackson tells it when he first learned about operation silver shovel he realized that this cleanup presented a unique opportunity. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians, but someone was gonna get paid to clean up the dumps and Jackson, one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it if Rosalyn that was resistance because. This is a good. He's jobs demand there to get them. And the rights of this system. So Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest tobacco his demands real trucks, and the land removers on this frigid Saturday in early February nineteen Ninety-six dozens of diesel trucks, and bulldozers plastered with signs that said things like we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dumps all these trucks, lined up in a convoy and headed for north Lauderdale will do the full mile trip across the city of though. We just folks and practice and trailers, and stirs. And across the city forever to do two hours when the convoy arrived in north Lonsdale, the company that had started the.