Peace and Environment Forum: An Area of Concern for Chicagoland's Environment

The next Peace and Environment Forum at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate will be Thursday, January 27, from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. Thomas Frank, who is expert in Northwest Indiana's environment and its impact in the Chicago region, will be speaking.

During the 20th century East Chicago referred to itself as the "Workshop of America" serving as one of the industrial fiefdoms on the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Standard Oil established Whiting, and U.S. Steel founded Gary, while Inland Steel created East Chicago. Their first 70 years brought growth and prosperity to Chicago and the southern shores, but in the 1970s the industry helped cause unemployment and economic damage to the community. This industry has created an unsustainable environmental legacy in East Chicago affecting the millions of people living in Chicago's metropolitan area.

Thomas Frank is an Artist and Activist Planner living and working in East Chicago, Indiana. He studied fine arts and philosophy and has an MFA in painting from Indiana University. He recently participated in the exhibition "Precious Cargo" displaying works by artists addressing issues impacting the Great Lakes. He served as Director of the East Chicago Waterway Management District from 2005 though 2007.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate is located at 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. The Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Peace and Environment Forum is held most months; check for schedule on www.ancientdragon.org. Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required, any donation accepted.