A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*

Posted: March 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

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The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latino city contain dangerous levels of lead.

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A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*

The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latinx city contain dangerous levels of lead.

A sign displayed in a front yard request that residents keep from playing in the dirt or mulch at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016, in East Chicago, Indiana.

By Yessenia Funes

Carmen Garza, 74, moved to the city of East Chicago, Indiana, 41 years ago. She bought her house with her husband and quickly made it home, turning their backyard into a tomato and chili garden every summer. “They were so good,” Garza tells Colorlines in Spanish. “Riquísimos.”

Three years ago, that ended after a neighbour asked the couple why they were growing vegetables in contaminated dirt.

The Garzas quickly abandoned their garden. But they were left with more questions than answers:

“She told me it was contaminated, but she…

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Comments
  1. When I lived in Minnesota, random samples of soil were taken and found to contain toxic levels of arsenic in an area where they were planning on growing an urban garden. Go figure! We are all loaded with toxins and we really cannot escape from them. They are in the air, water and food and that is why we are all ticking toxic time bombs.

  2. Good point Shelby. The bad news is that the ruling elite and most of their scientists have known about the toxins crisis for more than three decades. The good news is that people are finally waking up and protesting this systematic poisoning.

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