Strengthening Our Region Through Community Involvement

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Welcome to The Calumet Project

The vision of Calumet Project is to ensure the disadvantaged, low-income, minority populations residing near polluting industries are treated equally and fairly. We work to help reduce toxic pollution produced by certain industries in Northwest Indiana. The larger movement for social change envisions the fair, equal treatment of all people, no matter their race, income level, or where they live and the sustainability of the planet.

Calumet Project is a diverse group, representing residents of many towns, white and blue collar workers, union and non-union, working poor and better paid. Half the membership is people of color.  The group truly represents the people of the region. Our coalition includes 10 unions and religious and community groups, plus 180 individual members. Our newsletter, Works, has a circulation of over 1,000.

Calumet Project’s most significant accomplishments over the last few years include:

  • Successfully negotiated with BP to install an air monitoring system at the fence line of their refinery in Whiting, Indiana. The data from the system will be available for public access. 
    (For more details click here to see our newsletter Works.)
  • Organized a successful campaign for the passage of a tax abatement ordinance both in Hammond and Gary. The ordinance allows a corporate tax abatement only if the company pays living wages.
  • Assisted workers at LaSalle Steel in their successful efforts for fair treatment during the plant closing
  • Led the community involvement in working for clean-up of a severely polluted site and the construction of several businesses
  • Successfully gained the implementation of EPA safeguards in the project to dredge a canal heavily polluted by industrial toxic waste

Initially developed in 1984 to help workers in Northwest Indiana respond to the crisis in the region-dominant steel industry by focusing on economic redevelopment, Calumet Project was a joint project of the church-based United Citizen Organization of East Chicago, Indiana and the community-labor coalition, Midwest Center for Labor Research, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989, Calumet Project was incorporated as an independent, 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization.

Today, Calumet Project still stands for saving and creating jobs of dignity with wages that improve the quality of life in communities. Through the years, the mission has expanded and projects are also focused on economic, social and environmental justice of all people.

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200 E Russel Street, Suite 304
Hammond, IN 46320
P: (219) 937-4103
F: (219) 937-4170
info@calproject.org

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