Looking Back and Looking Forward: WWJ Community Air Testing Kick-Off Transit Justice Event
In March of 2021, Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) launched ‘Transit Justice,’ a four-part virtual event series on the problem of diesel pollution and why we need a just transition that holds companies accountable for protecting workers and the environment. WWJ concluded the four-part virtual event series with its Community Air Testing Kick-Off Party at the Nowell Park Community Center in Joliet on Saturday, May 15th. Watch the video on-demand on our Facebook page.
The kick-off event celebrated the launch of our community air testing project to monitor the air pollution outside of North America’s largest inland port in Will County, IL. Bringing together warehouse workers, youth, and community-based organizations, our collective goal is to shed light on the public health and environmental impacts caused by the area’s massive warehousing and logistics industry.
The air testing project will go on throughout Summer 2021, with data collecting going through August and a report slated for publication this fall. These community-sourced data will help us understand the environmental damage to our air caused by diesel pollution from heavy truck traffic.
Join us this summer as we continue this community-led research project, and let’s build the power necessary to create a greener future for Will County’s workers and residents. We would especially like to give a shout out to the Sunrise Movement Joliet, Just Say No to Northpoint, the JJC Sustainability Union, and Joliet City Councilman Cesar Guerrero for standing with us for clean air and good jobs. Let's hold the powerful warehousing and logistics industry accountable to our people and our planet!
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