Bikes, trucks and community action: Environmental justice in Little Village

By Jennifer Galan, Gerardo Salgado Flores and Stephanie Manriquez

During SJNN Cycle 4, Fellows Jennifer Galan and Gerardo Salgado Flores explored aspects of environmental justice in Little Village in print, audio and photography. Galan and Salgado are members of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a Little Village youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art. SJNN Cycle 2 Fellow Stephanie Manriquez, a Yollocalli instructor, served as an editor and collaborator on Galan’s and Salgado’s projects, which also aired in a special episode on Lumpen Radio WLPN. Salgado explored the vibrant biking culture in Little Village and questions of access and equity for biking in Little Village and other South Side neighborhoods; while Galan probed questions that swirl around Little Village’s identity and future as it deals with both environmental injustice and the threat of gentrification.

Read Gerardo Salgado Flores’s piece on bike equity on the South Side here, and listen to the companion piece on Lumpen Radio here.

Read Jennifer Galan’s piece on Unilever and environmental justice in Little Village here, and listen to the companion piece on Lumpen Radio here.