Jackson, Reverend Jackson, John Christopher discussed on Reveal


I asked if he would talk to me. And if not if you would pass John Christopher a message for me. And this was the response I got from the FBI's public information officer. Hi, it's Rebecca at the FBI Saint Louis, I spoke with the agent, and he says that he, he she'd, I guess empathy for the force that, not surprisingly, he'd kinds to participate again. He says that it is his responsibility to protect your source, and that he hopes that you understand that. So thank you very much. And giving. Even after all this time it appears that the FBI is still protecting. John Christopher what about all the trash he left behind 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 mount 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. Otherwise, remove the community because it was 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 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. Roseling there was resistance because those good gonna job demand there to get them with the rise of the system. So Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest tobacco 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 Lauderdale will do the full trip across the city of just folks and practice and fair loosen dumpsters. We let and across the city, so Trevor do rows when the convoy arrived in north Lonsdale. The company that had started the cleanup blocked the entrance to the site, but Jackson and the truckers, eventually got into the site, and he gave a speech from on top of a 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. Characterize 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 those protests in 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've 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 sushi of story broke. And then the thing I saw was just Jackson standing on top of the pal and yeah, we did this and we send. No, you didn't. The in credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done, but that was way after the fight. The cleanup continued.

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