In solidarity with the brave hunger strikers to stop General Iron, the Illinois Poor People’s Campaign is taking part in a call-in campaign on Thursday, February 11th as well as organizing a social media blitz Thursday, February 11th.

Call in Scripts:

“Mayor Lightfoot, my name is ____ and I am a resident of Chicago. I stand with the activists participating in a hunger strike to stop General Iron from relocating to their community. I urge you to approve their demand of denying the final permit. They are risking their health by doing a hunger strike in the middle of a pandemic, you can safely put it to an end by meeting the community’s needs.”

Office of Mayor Lori Lightfoot
(312) 744-3300

“Dr Arwady, my name is ____ and I am a resident of Chicago. I stand with the community members in the 10th Ward participating in a hunger strike to stop General Iron from relocating to the Southeast Side. I urge you to demand that the Mayor deny the final permit. They are risking their health by participating in a hunger strike in the middle of a pandemic, you can help safely put it to an end by meeting your community’s needs.”

Commissioner of Chicago Dept of Public Health
Dr Arwady
(312) 747-5443

Social Media

Social media is a great way to get the news out! Below are sample posts that can be shared on different platforms.

Twitter: 

  • Use campaign hashtags. #StopGeneralIron #DenyThePermits
  • Tag Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@ChicagosMayor, @LoriLightfoot)
  • Tag Gov. JP Pritzker (@JBPritzker, @GovPritzker)
  • Tag President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden, @POTUS)
  • Tag Alderperson Sue Sadlowski Garza (@SSadlowskiGarza)

 Sample posts:

The Southeast Side is not a dumping ground! I stand with the Hunger Strikers and call on @ChicagosMayor to #DenyThePermit & #StopGeneralIron

 We are fighting to stop General Iron because adding yet another polluter to a community already burdened by other industrial companies in the area is unconscionable #StopGeneralIron #DenyThePermit

 Mayor @LoriLightfoot should be ashamed that her inaction is leading activists to take matters into their hands, and engage in a hunger strike during a health crisis #StopGeneralIron #DenyThePermit

 It’s past time that @SSadlowskiGarza stand with her constituents and call for the city to #DenyThePermit to #StopGeneralIron. Your community depends on it!

 I am calling on @JBPritzker to make amends for the shameful decision to allow the IEPA pass the zoning permit. Governor, please demand that @ChicagosMayor deny the final permit. #StopGeneralIron

 We have fought decades of pollution, we have fought petcoke, we have fought manganese. We are constantly fighting for our health and it’s exhausting. It shouldn’t take a hunger strike for @ChicagosMayor to do the right thing #StopGeneralIron