Attendees and Neighbors for Environmental Justice members get to know each other at the Winter Social on Saturday, January 12.

Neighbors for Environmental Justice Hosts First Community Social

Published January 16, 2019

Falling snow couldn't keep dozens of local residents and members of Neighbors for Environmental Justice away from the group's first Winter Community Social, held on Saturday, January 12, at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. The local environmental advocacy and activism group welcomed all ages to its event featuring networking among attendees and exhibits on neighborhood air quality, Chicago's water quality and how environmental concerns cut across issues facing neighborhood residents.

A number of speakers shared their thoughts and expertise, including 12th Ward City Council candidate Pete DeMay and campaign staff members from 12th Ward City Council candidate José Rico: Both introduced their campaigns ahead of their planned participation in the 12th Ward Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 7. 

Local historic preservation expert Erica Ruggiero provided her expertise on the history of McKinley Park and the Central Manufacturing District, as well as a review of the district's status as a landmark on the national and state level. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities kept kids engaged, and Neighbors for Environmental Justice launched the first issue of its print zine at the event.

Photos provided courtesy of Neighbors for Environmental Justice member Anthony Moser.

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