The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Demolition in Chicago
—Always More Pollution for the Working Class

Apr 20, 2020

A dense cloud of dust enveloped Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood Saturday, April 11th, making it difficult to breathe. The cloud came from the demolition of a smoke stack from the Crawford electrical plant, which has been shuttered for eight years.

The demolition contractor agreed in advance to hose everything down, to minimize the dust. That obviously didn’t happen. Little Village is a dense working class Mexican community. As with many working class neighborhoods, people that live in Little Village have higher rates of asthma, making them more susceptible to the effects of the Coronavirus—and the dust from this cloud.

One thing is clear: to the people that run this society, working class lives are disposable.