Our current campaigns are tied directly to ICJB’s demands for justice.
1. December 3rd Anniversary Actions
3. Every May – Protest at the Dow Annual General Meeting (AGM)
1. Pass a City or Student Council Resolution Against Dow
2. Kick Dow Out of Your School
3. Stop Using Dow Products
Demand a Change to Curative Petition
The original 1989 settlement of US $470 million between Union Carbide and the Government of India was inadequate in the extreme – each survivor was given less than $500 in total for a lifetime of injuries, thousands of people affected by the gas disaster were not recognized as victims or were categorized as only “temporarily injured,” and thousands more who died were not included in the total death count. After prolonged protests by the survivors, in 2010 the Government of India (GOI) finally filed a Curative Petition with the Supreme Court, claiming an additional US $1.2 billion from the Union Carbide Corporation and its current owner The Dow Chemical Company, USA. But in the Curative Petition the GOI didn’t revise the injury and death figures to include the many victims previously excluded, and since 2010 there have been no hearings for this case. Therefore ICJB is asking the Supreme Court of India to:
A) Revise the figures of death and injury caused by the Bhopal disaster, based on scientific facts; and then –
B) Schedule an urgent hearing for the Curative Petition.
You can support the Bhopalis’ campaign by gathering signatures for this change.org petition!
If you would like to plan an event in your community or join a planned action, please contact us!
1. December 3rd Anniversary Actions
On December 3rd, organize a vigil, die-in or other action in your community or outside a nearby Dow facility. Invite participants to remember those who died, those who continue to suffer, and all those fighting for their rights to a toxic-free environment.
2. Every May – Protest at the Dow Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Join us for our annual protest in Midland, Michigan at the Dow Annual General Meeting. If you cannot come to Midland, organize your own action outside a nearby Dow facility.
Dump Your Dow!
Dow’s dirty legacy spans far beyond Bhopal. From producing chemical weapons, like Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War to genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange, to the various cases of Dow’s polluting of various communities worldwide. According to a study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dow is the number six polluter of America. Find out how you can dump Dow Chemical:
1. Pass a City or Student Council Resolution Against Dow Chemical
Draft a resolution calling on your school to divest, reject Dow’s funding or expel Dow recruiters. Present the resolution to your student government or city council with a supporting petition from the student body, faculty, and alumni. Here’s a joint student declaration issued in 2005, and here’s a resolution calling for the University of Texas to disassociate with Dow (PDF).
2. Kick Dow Out of Your School
Is Dow at YOUR school? If so, perhaps it’s time that they were expelled! Dow has donated more than $60 million to colleges and universities across North America, and these colleges and universities, in turn, have invested nearly $120 million in Dow. Dow also spends tens of millions of dollars on research every year at schools across the country, and recruits the brightest minds these schools have to offer. Our institutions of learning are a central strategic, reputational, and financial interest to Dow. By threatening Dow’s presence at schools across the country, we pose a major threat to Dow’s business interests. A similar student movement 30 years ago forced Dow to cave in to student demands.
3. Stop Using Dow Chemical Products
- Stop using/buying items that have Dow products (see list below)
- Sell any Dow stock that you hold, and donate a portion of the profit to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
- Get your university to dump any money they have received from Dow or dump Dow from sponsoring recruitment events.
- Get your city/town to pass a resolution to stop purchasing Dow products.
- Ask institutional investment firms to dump Dow from their portfolios.
The following companies have products containing Dow chemicals:
- Cover Girl (product example: Lash Exact Waterproof)
- Clinique (product example: Color Surge Lift n’Shine Lipstick)
- Crest (product example: Multicare Whitening)
- Olay (product example: Hydrate and Cleanse, body wash)
- Matrix Men (product example: Moisture Rev)
- L’Oreal Paris Vive Pro
- Secret (product example: Clinical Strength deodorant)
- Coppertone (product example: Sport 50 spf)
- Water Babies
- Head & Shoulders (product example: 2-in-1 Scalp Care)
- Suave (product example: Naturals)
- Got.2bglued (product example: screaming hold)
- Fresh Baked
- Old Spice (product example: Red Zone)
- Johnson’s (product example: Baby Milk Bath)
- Friskies (in their packaging)
- Samsung Applications (product example: Processor memory)
Ask the U.N. to Take Action on Bhopal
Decades after the disaster, not one of the United Nations agencies has lived up to its mandate by providing assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Bhopal. And while the U.N. has been negligent towards its responsibilities in Bhopal, it has actively built its association with Dow Chemical, the corporation legally responsible for the ongoing disaster.
The survivors are asking the United Nations provide much needed technical assistance towards medical relief and environmental remediation in Bhopal and are demanding the U.N. terminate its association with Dow Chemical Company, USA in view of its continuing violations of human rights through refusal to carry out toxic clean-up in Bhopal.
Survivors are asking that:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) develop treatment protocols for exposure induced chronic illnesses.
- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provide technical assistance in scientifically assessing the contamination of soil and ground water in and around Union Carbide’s abandoned factory in Bhopal.
- The United Nations Human Rights Council produce a report on the ongoing human rights violations in Bhopal due to acts of omission and commission by Dow Chemical and Union Carbide.
- The United Nations terminate the membership of Dow Chemical, current owner of Union Carbide, in the United Nations Foundation because of Dow’s ongoing violations of the human rights of the people of Bhopal.
Please contact us for information on how to get involved in this important campaign.
Support Jeremy Hammond!
Jeremy Hammond revealed that the Dow Chemical Company had hired the private intelligence firm Stratfor to spy on activists involved in the ongoing struggle for justice in Bhopal. Jeremy recently released a statement of solidarity with Bhopal activists.
Stay tuned for more information on how you can support Jeremy!