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:
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.