Jesse Jackson, Reverend Jackson, John Christopher discussed on Reveal

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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 we at the FBI agent. And he says that he I guess MVP for the force. But not surprisingly, she declined to participate. Again, he says it is his responsibility to protect your source, and that he hopes that you understand that. So thank you very much and giving a 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 have the right to remove the community because I was going to be a good lucrative job. Someone to have the job. So Reverend Jackson the civil rights activist and two-time candidate for president. And 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. I think that was resistance because the answer. Others who use a good. He's gonna jobs were demanding their right to get them. We demanded the right to circumvent the system so Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest tobacco his hands. 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, though, we did a full mile trip across the city driving. But we're just folks and practice and trailers in dumpsters. We land and move across the city sub Trevor do three hours when the convoy arrived in north one day all 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 characterized his threat 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'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 suicide story broke. And then the next thing. I saw with Jesse Jackson standing on top pal saying. Yeah, we did this. And we no you didn't the in credit. For a lot of the stuff. They had been done. But that was way after the fight..

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