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In the background of this photo, you can see the Crawford Coal Power Plant, one of two coal-fired power plants in Chicago. For more than a decade, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) fought to clean up Chicago’s dirty energy polluters and in 2012 finally celebrated victory.

Clean Air Ambassador | Chicago, Illinois

Rafael Hurtado, Jr.

I am a Community Organizer for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) located on the southwest side of Chicago. I'm also a third year student at the University of Illinois-Chicago, majoring in Criminology and Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

I've been involved with LVEJO since high school and have worked to educate people about environmental justice and the harmful effects of polluting industries in Little Village.

Within LVEJO, I have worked on the Open Space and Urban Garden Campaign, and the Clean Power Campaign, campaigns which were successful on cleaning up a superfund site and the shutting down the Crawford Coal power plant, respectively.

I've been involved with LVEJO since high school and have worked to educate people about environmental justice and the harmful effects of polluting industries in Little Village.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.