Presentation Title

What Works? Pursuing Environmental Justice in Disproportionately Minority Communities

Location

Skybox

Abstract

This project explores factors that have affected the success of environmental social movements in two different communities in Illinois. Both communities are dominated by ethnic minorities and are struggling against the negative health effects of having active coal plants near their homes, schools, and places of business. In Little Village, a Chicago neighborhood, social movement was successful in shutting down the local coal plant. The active social movement in Waukegan, Illinois, however, has been less successful. Using social movement theory, I explore the differences between these two movements and how those differences affected each movement's success.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-10-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

4-10-2018 2:15 PM

Panel

Social Justice

Field of Study for Presentation

Environmental Studies, Sociology and Anthropology

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What Works? Pursuing Environmental Justice in Disproportionately Minority Communities

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This project explores factors that have affected the success of environmental social movements in two different communities in Illinois. Both communities are dominated by ethnic minorities and are struggling against the negative health effects of having active coal plants near their homes, schools, and places of business. In Little Village, a Chicago neighborhood, social movement was successful in shutting down the local coal plant. The active social movement in Waukegan, Illinois, however, has been less successful. Using social movement theory, I explore the differences between these two movements and how those differences affected each movement's success.