Bhopal@26: A Summary of Events

Activists worldwide commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, India. 

During the week surrounding December 3, 2010, supporters from around the world joined together to remember Bhopal.  The disaster has now seen 26 years without sufficient legal action, without proper healthcare, without environmental remediation, and without adequate compensation for those affected.  However, people from all corners of the world are still determined to resolve this ongoing crisis.

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More images and descriptions below.

India

AHMEDABAD Paryavaran Mitra, a socio-environmental organization, and Gujarat University School of Law jointly organized a seminar with 4 panelists to discuss the Bhopal Gas Disaster and current issues related to social inequality and pollution. 

BHOPAL Two days of protests to commemorate the city’s disaster.  More images here.

CHENNAI Press conference on Bhopal

DELHI National Law University hosted two film screening on Bhopal 

HYDERABAD  O.Y.S.T.E.R. (Organization by Youth for Social Transformation and Environmental Recoup) hosted a film screening, followed by a musical performance in commemoration of Bhopal

HYDERBAD EVENT 2 Discussion on Bhopal with special guest Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy of the Forum for a Sustainable Environment

KASHMIR Stand-in Protest

KARIMNAGAR, AP Street Play and Film Screening at Satavahana University, Karimnagar

LUCKNOW Candlelight vigil organized by SAHAYOG, Youth for Change

MANIPUR Marketplace open meeting organized by Naga Students Union Chandel and other local tribal leaders

MUMBAI Film screening and discussion

NAHAN Signature campaign

PUNE Commemorated Bhopal, and celebrated the community success in opposing plans to build a Dow Research and Development Center in their village outside of Pune.  View an article on the victory here.

TAMIL NADU: Tuticorin Effort to raise public awareness.  Posters were placed on walls, and pamphlets on the disaster were distributed. Cudallore: press release by the SIPCOT Area Community Environmental Monitoring released its study on the significant air pollution around their communities own “Bhopal in the making.” SIPCOT is an Tamil Nadu institution aimed at developing industry in the Southern Indian state.  Read the full press release here.

UDHAMPUR  Bhopal rangoli (art design)

North America

CALIFORNIA Film screenings, vigils, and discussions held in San Francisco, San Jose, Foster City, and Los Angeles

GEORGIA Activists participated in the Human Rights event in Atlanta

ILLINOIS Film screening at the University of Illinois, Chicago, followed by a discussion

MASSACHUSETTS In Boston, Boston 4 Bhopal staged four die-in actions at MIT, Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts.  Several activists fasted, too. Read a Boston Globe article on the action here.  In Western Massachusetts, there were several film screenings and a discussion with Ward Morehouse, author of The Bhopal Reader.

MONTREAL Canadian Students for Bhopal activist Melanie Hadida and displayed her photographs at Cafe Shaika  

NEW YORK Flower vigil and protest held at Dow Chemical’s Manhattan office

TEXAS Die-in action, screening of ESPN’s piece “Children of Bhopal,” city council resolution signatures collected to support justice in Bhopal.  Read an article and view a video on this event here.

WASHINGTON Activists at The Evergreen State College hold a masquerade gathering to commemorate Bhopal

Turkey

In Istanbul, film screening at Bogazici (Bosphorus) University in a class, followed by discussion and writing exercise 

United Kingdom

Outside of London, supporters of the Bhopal Medical Appeal braved snowy weather to have a candlelight vigil

 

A big thank you to everyone who made the 26th Anniversary a successful day of action worldwide.

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