Jackson, Reverend Jackson, North Lonsdale discussed on Reveal



The Reverend Jesse Jackson Stockton. Royds remove the breed in our community goes on the opposite going to be a good lucrative job for someone to have the job. So Reverend Jackson the civil rights activist and two time candidate for president. Had 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 going to get paid to clean up. The dumps and Jackson one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it Roseling resistance because. Are those who use these kind of jobs were demanding their at to get them? And we demanded the right argument that system so Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest to back up his demands reorganized 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 Lonsdale will do the full trip across the city of now just folks and practice and trae loosened up stirs we land up and Roop across the city sub forever. Do rows when the convoy arrived in north Lonsdale. The company that had started the cleanup blocked the entrance to the sites but Jackson and the truckers event. Got into the site, and he gave a speech from on top of tractor. He threatened to continue the protests into the summer when the democratic national convention was going to be in Chicago in advance of the ninety six election. The Chicago Tribune characterized his threats this way, give us what we want or watch. As we wreak havoc on your big important party this summer. It was only then that the mayor agreed to hire black owned firms to clean up the dump lose a little to the work. But the residents of north Lonsdale were not impressed. When the dumping had. I started in their neighborhood. Reverend Jackson was one of the people they'd written to asking for help. And was Woodson says they never heard back from him at least not until after operation silver shovel with finished. And the camera crews arrived the Suzhou spill Rebrov. And then the thing I saw was just Jackson standing on top of the pounds in. Yeah. We did this. And and we send no you didn't the in credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done. But it was way after the fight..

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