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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:29 AM

Evergreen Plaza Protest: Ed Gardner, Supporters Rally For Black Construction Jobs

Source: Huffington Post

Evergreen Plaza Protest: Ed Gardner, Supporters Rally For Black Construction Jobs
Posted: 10/01/2012 5:00 pm EDT Updated: 10/01/2012 5:00 pm EDT

An iconic businessman on Sunday led a protest against a lack of job opportunities for African-Americans at a construction site in suburban Chicago.

Ed Gardner, founder of the Soft Sheen hair care company, called for a large rally outside the site of a forthcoming Meijer grocery store in the Evergreen Plaza development at 92nd and Western in Evergreen Park, Ill., WBEZ reports.

The project attracted the attention of Gardner when, last week, he did not see any African-Americans working at the site, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Black construction jobs have become rarer and rarer in the economic downturn and unemployment in the community remains staggeringly high.

Many appear to share Gardner's concern and protests began last week. About 1,000 protesters rallied outside the site Sunday, including prominent activists and elected officials including Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush, both Chicago Democrats, and former Senator Roland Burris.


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Reply Evergreen Plaza Protest: Ed Gardner, Supporters Rally For Black Construction Jobs (Original post)
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 OP
greiner3 Oct 2012 #1

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 01:01 PM

1. I am in support of the OP;

However, at first glance, I misread the wording;

"...Evergreen Plaza Protest..."

became;

"Evergreen PIZZA Protest..."

No, I do not have 'Herman Cain' on my mind. I worked at Domino's as manager and owner for 10 years and STILL eat pizza 4-5 nights a week. Speaking of that..

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