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Peoples Climate Movement comes to Elwood on Saturday

Hundreds expected for rally and march on Saturday

Hundreds of people are expected in Elwood on Saturday for a march by the Peoples Climate Movement.

The march in Elwood is part of a nationwide event in which the Peoples Climate Movement will hold rallies and marches at 400 locations in demonstrations on behalf of environmental and labor causes.

The event will start with a 12:30 p.m. rally at O’Connor Park in Elwood.

The Elwood event is an extension of a rally that begins at 9:45 a.m. at
Federal Plaza in Chicago.

Elwood was chosen as the location of the march because of the number of warehouses and logistics operations there and in Will County, said Ellyn Fortino, spokeswoman for Peoples Climate Movement.

“It’s a huge source of pollution,” Fortino said. “It contributes to climate change.”

She said the warehouses also are large employers of temporary workers.

After the Chicago rally, participants are expected to board buses to Elwood.

“We have a conservative estimate of 500 people,” Fortino said.

Stephanie Irvine, one of the local leaders in the opposition to the NorthPoint plan to annex into Elwood to develop a large distribution center, said that the Sierra Club and Warehouse Workers for Justice sought to hold the march in Elwood.

“The biggest reason is because of the intermodal being in Elwood,” Irvine said. “The secondary reason is that they saw what we were able to do with community response.”

Elwood is home to CenterPoint Intermodal Park-Elwood, which is anchored by an intermodal yard operated by BNSF.

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