East Chicago Indiana Lead Crisis

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For over 40 years, the residents of the West Calumet Public Housing Complex, in East Chicago, Indiana, have lived directly above and around the site of a former lead and arsenic manufacturing plant.  

The lead limits in the soil surrounding and beneath the West Calumet Housing Complex are now 228 times higher than the EPA’s safe limits.   This complex has rightfully been condemned by the City of East Chicago and the residents informed that they need to move immediately.  

This now displaces over 350 families.  They have been given vouchers by HUD that will allow them to secure new housing anywhere in the country that accepts the vouchers, but that does not address the many other costs associated with uprooting and moving your family.  Cost such as security deposits, first and last month's rent; truck rental; gas money; moving supplies, etc., that are not covered by source or anyone.  

The Indiana State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are on the ground and committed to helping the people in East Chicago as they make this transition.  

Certain foods can block lead from being absorbed by the body.  Indiana Environmental and Climate Justice Chair, Denise Abdul Rahman, conducted a two day site visit and assessment tour.   She was able to secure donations of fresh fruits from two local grocery stores that will be distributed to the families, by local church pantries located in the most contaminated parts of the city.

Your donation will help meet the uncovered needs of those most affected as we continue to offer assistance to them and help them formulate a plan as they move forward rebuilding their lives.  They will face medical and educational challenges for the almost 1500 children that lived in West Calumet and attended the recently closed Carrie Gosch Elementary School that was in their back yard.  

We continue as the NAACP to work toward Environmental Justice; Health Justice; Economic Justice; Voting Rights Justice; Educational Justice; and Criminal Justice for not only for the residents of Calumet, West Calumet, and the Flint, Michigans of this country but for the future of their children too.

Help us help them.  Thank you for your support.

Barbara Bolling-Williams
Indiana State Conference President
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The State Conference of the NAACP, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, and the Twin City Ministerial Alliance have joined forces in their stand with East Chicago. We are calling for a NSF53 certified water filter donations and cases of water for the residents who are now experiencing unsafe levels of lead in drinking water.
We remain committed to helping the families in the West Calumet area of East Chicago in every way possible. It has now been 234 days since the residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex were informed about the dangers of lead and arsenic to which they had been and continue to be exposed. Approximately 84 families remain. The other residents, homeowners, churches, and businesses too have all been negatively impacted and remain. We want to see justice not just for some, but for all who find themselves victims of the toxic environment. We are asking you to join with us in helping the West Calumet community. Please donate.
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We have been distributing fruits and vegetables to the residents of the West Calumet area. We spoke with a resident who will be moving in October. She has 5 children and they are in need of 3 twin mattresses. She is returning to Chicago but she left an unpaid utility bill. She will not be able to get new service until that old bill is satisfied. This is just an example of the need which inspired us to create this gofundme account. We ask that you spread the word to your contacts. Someone may be in a position to help. Please consider making a donation. No amount is too small.
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$165 of $175,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 18 months
Created September 13, 2016
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