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North Charleston youth get creative in fight against railroad proposal

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - They're not old enough to drive, yet a group over 100 young adults from the North Charleston community are driving the conversation against a proposed plan to build more railroads in their neighborhood.

Wednesday, the young activists hosted an Open House at Mary Ford Elementary School, complete with singing, dancing, and role-play.

It's part of a 6-week program called the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School, hosted by community group Metanoia.  Throughout the summer, students tackle a wide range of social issues.

"It kind of makes them the star of the show as well as give them a voice to an issue that is huge in this community," said program co-chair Camella Scott.

"I like it because I can have a say in what happens in our community," added 12-year-old Chrishawn Varns.

At the center of Wednesday's demonstration, the Intermodal Rail Facility.  The project, proposed by Palmetto railways would construct on nearly 150 acres of land near the Old Charleston naval Complex.

The added railways and cargo space is designed to meet future growth needs of the city.  The project is still seeking a federal permit, and could take up to six years to complete.

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