Reverend Jackson, Richard M Daley, North Lonsdale discussed on The City
Credit. You get new trucks real business. They were not getting as many contracts from the city. Either local news reports from the time said that black owned firms got just fourteen percent of city contracts, even though black people then made up about thirty seven percent of Chicago's population. And city contracts were where some of the real money was. A city contract for hauling waste or sludge as Jackson jokingly calls it could be worth millions of dollars. And we realize this is legit flood. If you own the trucks, but said, sludges fudge if you're on the truck, you'll trucks what does that mean that is concerned dirty work? If you'll drugs is very lucrative business. The way Reverend Jackson tells it when he learned about operation, silver shovel and the mountain of debris in a black Westside neighborhood. He realized the cleanup presented a unique opportunity a potential silver lining to a really bad situation. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians. And if you recall he'd done it in part by scheming to get contracts intended for black owned businesses. It was one of the scams he had used debris. The alderman Jackson did not fight for compensation. For people from north Lonsdale whose homes had been damaged or whose children had been harmed. But someone was going to get paid to clean up that site and Reverend Jackson believed that if anyone was going to make money off the site. Now, it should be black owned businesses ROY remove the community goes on going to be in good. Lucrative job. Someone to have the job better them. He reasoned than white owned firms like Lindahl brothers firms that had been responsible for the dumping in the first place. Ooh. One in from local news and community. From removing was you lose have the right to get paid for moving. So in January nineteen Ninety-six as Lindo brothers was removing its portion of debris from the site. Reverend Jackson came forward with a proposal. He wanted the city to hire black owned trucking firms to clean up the rest of the dumps. But according to Jackson mayor Richard m Daley was hesitant to sign onto the plan. Roseling? There was resistance because. Those who use a good. He's gonna job demanding there to get them. And the we demanded the right of that system. We reached out to former mayor Daley for comment, but he didn't respond. So Jackson turned to the same kinds of protest tactics. That had worked for him time and time again an impressive display of solidarity and power. The Northland residents could have used years before Roma's trucks. And the men removers una frigid Saturday in early February nineteen Ninety-six dozens of diesel trucks and bulldozers lined up along Drexel boulevard around the corner from Jesse Jackson southside office black truckers had plastered. There rigs with signs that read we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dump. Then in a slow deliberate processional the convoy headed for north Lonsdale do full mile trip across the city, drove in miles. Now would just folks and practice and trailers and stirs the we land the and move across the city stop Trevor with rows. This mobile protest of black truckers was meant to draw attention and to prove that they were capable of the cleanup LaRussa could remove bad. Dumpsters and trailers and trucks and drivers and everything was required. Jackson led the caravan as they drove they were followed by police escort. Onlookers raised their fists in a gesture of solidarity. When the trucks arrived in north Lonsdale. They encircled the dump and blasted their horns, they were not given a warm. Welcome window brothers was still in the process of removing its portion of the debris. Knowing the caravan was headed, it's way, the company had blocked the entrance to the site with a three-foot mound of dirt and a pair of bulldozers..