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GLRPPR Contacts: People for Community Recovery

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People for Community Recovery
13116 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60827
Telephone: 7738404618
www.geology.wisc.edu/~wang/EJBaldwin/PCR/

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  • People for Community Recovery (PCR) was founded in June 1979 and was incorporated on October 25, 1982. Its mission, to press for serious and long overdue repair work in Altgeld Gardens, a Chicago Housing Authority development located on the South Side of Chicago. PCR soon turned its attention to the more serious problems of urban environmental pollution when it was discovered that the Southeast side of Chicago had the highest incidence of cancer of any area in the city. PCR's founder and CEO, Hazel Johnson, made numerous calls around the country to educate herself regarding the cancer rate in her own community. Later she connected with city and state health departments to investigate reports on environmental problems surrounding Altgeld Gardens as well as information regarding industrial pollution. Ms. Johnson dedicated years learning about urban environmental issues and networking with other environmental groups. After conducting her research, she learned that many waste disposal companies surrounded Altgeld Gardens as well as manufacturing companies that produced and emitted thousands of pounds of pollutants into the air, water and land. PCR found that due to the heavy concentration of industry, low income residential communities on the Southeast side of Chicago were being exposed to substantial amounts of toxic chemicals that could be responsible for negative health impacts. With these facts in mind, PCR along with other residents from Altgeld Gardens began to address the environmental problems within their community. For the past two decades, PCR has been applying pressure on "corporate polluters" and government officials to make them aware of their negligence. It is PCR's goal to make both corporations and the government accountable to the communities in which they operate. Concurrently, PCR has continually been educating itself and the community about urban environmental issues and their relationship to industry. Through extensive research and partnerships, PCR has found a significant correlation among various industrial processes-- the byproducts of which pollute the air, land and water--and the health status of urban minority communities. With perseverance, tenacity and dedication, continues to be a force not only within Altgeld Gardens, but within the Environmental Justice movement. For nearly three decades, PCR mission has been to enhance the quality of life of low-income residents linving in communities affected by pollution. PCR educateds, advocates policy and program changes and corrdinates legal services for local residents on issues on the environment, health, housing, neighborhood safety, economic equity and youth leadership and development. PCR main program areas are: environmental education and training: Housing rights for low-income communities; economic equity with the focus on the promotion of green businesses that would improve the environmental quality of residentsliving in polluted environment; and PCR youth program teaches young people about the different career aspects in the environnmental field that would engage them to become future EJ advocates, scientists, engineers and social workers.

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).

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One East Hazelwood Drive; Champaign, IL; 61820; (800) 407-0261; glrppr@istc.illinois.edu