For Immediate Release
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April 11, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
Division For University Advancement
Office of Marketing and Communications
Proposed East Chicago Toxic Waste Dump Forum at IU Northwest

A community forum on a proposed toxic waste dump in East Chicago will be part of a Lectures in Race and Ethnicity Series at Indiana University Northwest on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Raintree Hall. The New Face of Civil Rights: Battling Against Environmental Racism in Northwest Indiana will offer a public forum in the discussion of the dump. The topic of environmental justice and its political and global implications, as well as its relation to civil rights, will also be addressed by Dr. Raoul Contreras, IU Northwest associate professor of Latino Studies, and Jose Bustos, director of the Cesar Chavez Catholic Worker House in East Chicago.

Bustos, who is also the spokesperson for Citizens Against the Toxic Waste Dump, says the proposed toxic waste dump may be built less than 800 yards from two schools in East Chicago. 

"This unholy concoction of hazardous waste includes chromium, benzene, toluene, naphthalene, copper, iron, lead, PCB's and more, all of which will be stored near where our children spend most of our day," says Bustos, adding that the dump "will be the biggest waste dump in the nation, and the only one of its size near a school."  

Sponsored by IU Northwest's department of minority studies, the Lectures in Race and Ethnicity Series was designed to provide an open community forum to inform all citizens of Northwest Indiana about the ongoing struggle for environmental justice. For more information on The Face of Civil Rights: Battling Against Environmental Racism in Northwest Indiana contact Dr. Contreras at 219-980-6665.

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