Jesse Jackson, Reverend Jackson, John Christopher 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's public information officer. Hi, robyn. It's Rebecca at the FBI I spoke with the ancient, and he says that he, I guess empathy for the force. Not surprisingly, she declined to participate again. He says it is his responsibility to protect source, and that he hopes that you understand that so 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 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 this rubble away. Remember, the lot were 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 stopped in the right to remove the community goes on the 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 going to get paid to clean up the dumps and Jackson, one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it infers, that was resistance because those who use these jobs demand, the right to get them. And we demand that the right of that 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 hundred. 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 drama of just trucks and tractors and trailers and dumpsters. We land up and across the city Frederick Duales, 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, 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, worked at 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 sushi of story broke. And then the next thing I saw with Jesse Jackson standing on top of the pound saying, yeah, we did this. And we send. No, you didn't the in took credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done, but that was way after the fight. The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six, one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain.

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