Cheryl is the Executive Director of People for Community Recovery (PCR) and a long time a partner with MTO in working for the stabilization of communities and renters’ rights. PCR’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of residents living in communities affected by pollution. PCR educates and advocates policy and programs in an effort to coordinate local residents on issues of the environment, health, housing, neighborhood safety, and economic equity.
Her passion and dedication to social justice are evidenced through the variety of efforts she has initiated to educate the public about the environment and its impact on the health and well being of community members. Cheryl and PCR are founding members of Environmental Justice Alliance of the Greater Southeast Chicago. She has been a leader in fighting to stop a coal gasification plant in Southeast Chicago. Cheryl has also developed a program to teach youth about green industry technology and services, indoor/outdoor air quality and environmental hazards (such as lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide, and radon gas), mold sampling, and general health effects of exposure including identification, treatment and abatement methods.
When asked what motivates her to do this work she states, “What motivates me is the spirit of my mother who always thought about the community first.” ComEd recently recognized Ms. Johnson as one of their 28 Neighborhood Heroes. She’s definitely one of ours too!
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