As one of the most densely populated Mexican American Communities in the Midwest, La Villita or Little Village, has not had a new park built in over 75 years. For the past 11 years LVEJO—The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization—has worked with residents affected by issues of flooding homes, rashes and cancer causing chemicals. These problems are connected to a nearby abandoned 23 acre toxic site known as Celotex. Currently LVEJO is working with residents on their quest to have Celotex become the home of the new park they deserve. How did this campaign start? What were the victories and losses? More importantly what key steps kept the community engaged in the struggle?
The Celotex Volunteers, as they are commonly known, have created a film to answer these questions. Following the film there will be a profound conversation between the volunteers and the audience, we hope to see you there.