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"lindahl brothers" 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..
"lindahl brothers" Discussed on The City
"This portion of the cleanup was only one part of the solution. As reporter, Shirley, jihad noted even after Lindahl brothers cleans up its share of the mess, though. Six hundred thousand tons of crash will remain and at this point in the winter of nineteen Ninety-six the city had not figured out who would clean up the rest. Put this stuff too. Will get sick probably got all kinds of health habit in the first place. Rex cats goals. Just a health hazard. You can look at it entail. When John Christopher. I started dumping in north Lauderdale Gladys Woodson and her fellow block club captains had written letters to every public official. They could think of who might be able to help them city agencies mayor Daley at least one member of congress. We wrote everybody from who's who to who's that? Ms Woodson says they also wrote to civil rights groups like the AA C P and to Reverend Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist whose rainbow push coalition is based in Chicago. We told him what with happening neighborhood, and we're skim could he come and MS Woodson says they never heard back from Jesse Jackson at least not until the camera. Crews arrived the sewage show story broke. And then the thing I saw was Jesse Jackson standing on top. Pals in. Oh, yeah, we did this. And and then you didn't. In credit for a lot of the stuff that had been done. But that was way after the fight. Jesse Jackson, the iconic civil rights activists and Baptist minister had I come to Chicago in the early nineteen sixties to attend seminary. He would later March with Martin Luther King junior in Selma and push for an end to apartheid in South Africa. But over the decades, his critics have also accused him of jumping from media storm to media storm of seeking the limelight as much as he sought Justice. To understand how Jesse Jackson helped ensure the cleanup of the Northland dealt dumps. But also alienated some north Lauderdale residents. We have to go back to his work on a program called operation. Breadbasket the program organized boycotts against white owned businesses like soda pop bottling companies and grocery store chains that made big profits in black neighborhoods, but didn't employ black workers on the heels of his success in that campaign. Jackson started hearing from small black owned trucking companies. Here's Reverend Jackson. And so for example, we guys who. Two or three trucks. And they would just kinda hustling as basic these truckers complained that they were not getting as many waste hauling contracts as their white counterparts. They weren't getting them from white owned businesses like grocery store chains that needed commercial trash pickup. And that meant that they were missing out on a lot of money. Good c three contract with trains tool. Six cans day. You can take live intent you little.
"lindahl brothers" Discussed on The City
"All through the winter of nineteen ninety six the cleanup continued removing the debris was as big undertaking as building the mountain had been block club. President. Gladys Woodson had watched in those early days as John Christopher set up shop and allowed trucks to dump a block from her home. Now, she watched the process, slowly rewind goon. Wow. Now, we valley is gone. It's going to be gone. Can you tell that was like? Dusty? With the trucks coming in to get the the. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did. Northland L residents had conflicting feelings about the cleanup. And all this new attention being paid to their neighborhood on one hand, they were glad to see the dumps go on the other hand, they resented the public figures who had not seemed to care about their neighborhood before the corruption probe. Here's Rita Ashford who had protested the dumps and her daughters, Sharon and Michelle loan. We out the fighting that. Shovel, bro. And it was all like a puff of smoke. And everything changed his appeal. Right. It's just was there. One day going to Nick. They will be rolling all night long getting it out of that once it broke. And when you looked up the pow went from, you know, the kids used to run up and then on the top it went from being up. That's it just like a horse if it hadn't been for civil shovel. We still would have been dealing with down probably right now today. Yes. If it hadn't have been specific shovel, we would've still been fighting that. Others asked the obvious question. Where was all this attention and scrutiny when the problem was simply illegal dumping in a black neighborhood. Here's MS Woodson. Again, we live through five years of this stuff. You know? This people that don't hate Asmaa tech, the people that own own oxygen machines that you know, we have few people to move out of the neighborhood just move because they could no longer stand the dust and stuff. In late February nineteen Ninety-six about five weeks into the clean up the environment focused public radio show living on earth, central porter. Shirley, Jehad to check on the cleanup. She visited north Lauderdale and talk to people who lived in the two apartment buildings that stood on the very same lot as the dump one of the people she interviewed with Keith wardlow, a father of two who worked as a custodian at a local university the view from Keith ward, lows back porch isn't pretty, but it is awesome. It is simply called the mountain seven hundred thousand tons of debris. The mountain UCI tol at this. See I tol at is. Why? Now that amount. Heath wardlow, expressed many of the same sentiments as his neighbors. The feds should have cleaned up this dump years ago rather than letting it continue to grow while using John Christopher as a mole to catch politicians taking bribes weren't crook Jonah prosecute. To me. You know, if you so concerned about what the head. What why are you into the neighborhood trying to see who got infected from from the dirt, you You know? know? That's that's what you should have been doing firs who took some money. The wardlow family had suffered for years living next to the dump now the damage to their home, and they believed their health continued during the cleanup. He's one of those shakes every time trucks roll in and out of the dump site. He always keeps his windows closed and covered with plastic. Innovation effort to prevent dust blowing off the heat from settling in his apartment. He says his four year old son Keno has contracted severe asthma. The boy's mother. Deborah wardlow says the child has to breathe through a machine a nebulizer. He's on twice a day. And sometimes that machine doesn't work. So I had to rush him to the emergency room, the company doing the cleanup was Lindahl. Brothers. A well connected firm that had been owned by the same family for three generations, it had dug the trenches for the handcock building and other downtown skyscrapers and built the international terminal at O'Hare airport. And Linda brothers was here to do the clean-up because they were also one of the companies that had dumped there in the.