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ElevArte Studio sees value in the arts for local youth, holds annual Pozolada fundraiser
Sometimes a bowl of soup can be the right remedy for more than just a cold. Yesterday, around 400 people got together at the third annual Pozolada to sample 30 types of pozole, a traditional Mexican soup. The event was held at the International Union of Operating Engineers building in efforts to raise money for art programs in Pilsen. Everyone who sampled later voted Joel Fraga’s green pozole as the winner for the second year in-a-row.
The annual fundraiser is held every December to help the neighborhood non-profit ElevArte, formerly known as Pros Arts Studio.
For the last 35 years, ElevArte has been teaching the arts to children of underserved communities in order to build leaders, said Executive Director Giselle Mercier. ”They are not at-risk youth,” she said. “They are at-promise. If we were to give them all the resources they are supposed to be getting as young people, we would receive so much more from these young people.”
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Photo caption: Guests sampling one of the 30 pozoles that were available to taste last night.
Photo caption: The potential site for Pure Metal at 2201 S Loomis across the street from Benito Juarez High School on Nov. 29 2013.
Recycling plant proposal in Pilsen draws diesel pollution concerns from residents, gives job hope to others.
Pilsen residents have long advocated for cleaner air in their neighborhood, but now some worry that allowing a recycling plant in the area will be a setback in their efforts to decrease pollution in the community.
Last year, local environmentalists were able to help shut down Fisk, a coal-fired power plant that was emitting health-hazardous contaminants like coal dust into the air and soil in the neighborhood.
Pure Metal Recycling said it wants to move to the Cermak Industrial Corridor. The plant will process and recycle all types of scrap metal. The grinded materials will be delivered in trucks to domestic steel and aluminum mills.
This has created major concerns among local activists, mainly because another recycling company could mean more dust and diesel pollution from cargo trucks.
Resident Jerry Mead-Lucero of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) is bringing groups together to organize against having a second recycling plant in Pilsen.
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People wait for the bus on Chicago’s North West Side, Nov. 21 2013.
Thousands of people marched on the streets of Chicago Saturday asking Congress to find a comprehensive solution to the country’s outdated immigration laws.
A combination of labor, immigrant and community groups walked from the city’s near….
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