Jesse Jackson, Reverend Jackson, John Christopher discussed on Reveal


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 public information officer. Hi, Robyn, it's Rebecca we at the FBI agent. And he says, I can t she I guess empathy for the force. But not surprisingly, she declined to participate. Again, he says that it is his responsibility to protect your source 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 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 Stockton. We should have the right to remove delivery in our own community because I 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 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 gonna get paid to clean up. The dumps and Jackson wanted the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it. That was resistance because. Those who use a good. He's gonna jobs would demand to get them. And we demanded the right to circumvent the system so Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest to backup. His demands we organized the 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. Full mile trip across the city. Now, we just trucks and practice and trailers dumpsters up and move across the city sub forever to do three hours when the convoy arrived in north one day all 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 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 those protests and it worked 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 was finished. And the camera crews arrived the silver shell was story broke. And then the next thing I saw with Jesse Jackson standing on top pal saying? Yeah, we did this and we will 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..

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