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Bhopal disaster survivor to speak in London


RASHIDA BEE, PRESIDENT, BHOPAL GAS-AFFECTED WOMEN’S STATIONERY EMPLOYEES UNION
12.30pm FRIDAY 15 April
CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTRE, 230A KENTISH TOWN ROAD, LONDON NW5
In this 20th anniversary year of the December 1984 gas tragedy in Bhopal, India – the world’s worst industrial disaster – Ms Bee will speak about the struggle led by women gas survivors in Bhopal, Muslim and Hindu together: for clean water, a clean-up of the site, proper wages for survivors in “sheltered” work and prosecution of the US multi-national Dow Chemical responsible for the disaster, demanding justice and compensation — and opposing all corporate killing.
VENUE: Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230A Kentish Town Road NW5, (entrance in Caversham Road, nearest tube Kentish Town, fully wheelchair accessible). All welcome. Entrance by donation in support of Bhopali women activists
Formed by grassroots women survivors, the stationery employees’ union is a leading member of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, and is recognised as one of the chief representatives of survivors both within and outside India.
with:
* Farah Edwards-Khan, Bhopali activist and translator
* Claire Glasman, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities) which since it was founded in 1984 has publicised the Bhopal struggle as part of its fight against discrimination.
* Sara Callaway, Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike, on women’s opposition to corporate killing and killing for corporations everywhere (including in Iraq).
Background
On the night of 2-3 December 1984, a gas cloud from the pesticides plant in Bhopal immediately killed over 8,000 children, women and men. A further 12,000 people have since died, at least half a million more are poisoned. Bhopal is recognised as the world’s worst industrial disaster.
The company responsible, US multinational Union Carbide, was taken over by Dow Chemical which made napalm and Agent Orange used in Vietnam. Toxic chemicals continue to wash into the land and wells, poisoning new generations. (See https://www.bhopal.net/poisoning.html)
Years later toxic chemicals are still found in the breast milk of women living near the plant. Dow Chemical refuses to clean up the site.
Compensation has been almost impossible to get, especially for women. Only those who have documents to prove their claim have been paid – less than $500 each – about 5p a day – enough to buy a cup of tea in Bhopal. Women have led the fight for compensation and accountability from the company and the Indian government, on behalf of the whole community.
The killing pesticide gas is similar to nerve gas and causes death, disability and devastation on the same scale as that suffered by people, animals and the environment exposed to military weapons of mass destruction – depleted uranium in Iraq, Agent Orange in Vietnam and nuclear testing in the Pacific . . .

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Dow tries to stifle historians who uncovered its secrets

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Dow Chemical is leading a group ot twenty chemical giants in an all-out attack on two historians who have uncovered the sordid history of vinyl chloride production and its effects on health in the United States and Europe. Dow is the world’s largest producer of vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen.

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Tsunami information, relief, donations

As the death toll from the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean climbs towards 300,000, we have received these updates from friends in Cuddalore, Tamilnadu and Ko Phi-Phi, Thailand.

Tsunami Update from Cuddalore
Tsunami news from Ko Phi-Phi, Thailand

We will continue updating as we receive more information.

The following information dates from the period immediately after the tsunami struck.

BBC missing persons helpline

AID (Association for India’s Development), a member of the ICJB, runs 32 projects in Tamilnadu, not all have yet been contacted. AID has set up a donation page for immediate and long term aid to victims of the tsunami.

Blogspot offering collection of links and info for people wanting to donate or send rescue materials. Details aid collection centres in Singapore and India, plus first relief efforts in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with lists of medical supplies needed. Volunteers are needed to update and expand the page which also carries information about donating airmiles, and Everton FC’s tsunami relief appeal and much more.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without boundaries) has opened a clinic in Indonesia’s Aceh province near the epicentre of the quake. Information and donations here.

Google’s list of links to major relief agencies accepting donations for the relief of the tsnuami victims. Agencies include American Red Cross, CARE and Sarvodaya.

Nature.com’s links page to organisations providing disaster relief.

Oxfam, UK

Unicef

ABC News links to organisations carrying out relief work.

Help for Sri Lankan fishing communities
The North Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) in Biddeford, Maine has set up a relief account at St Joseph’s Credit Union for Sri Lankan fishing communities affected by the disaster. The bank will not charge any wiring fees for the funds to be sent to Sri Lanka.

St. Joseph’s Credit Union
NAMA – Relief Efforts
35 Bradbury Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005

Please make your cheques payable to the NAMA-Relief Fund. St. Joseph’s will keep track of donors and send each of you a receipt.

Meanwhile we have received this update from Nity Jayaraman on the situation near Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, where we have been working with communities threatened by hazardous chemical plants:

We’re all fine here, as are the friends from SIPCOT Cuddalore. The
industrial region witnessed a rise in river water level, and flooding of
certain areas. However, there was no destruction of property, and only one life lost in the flood. The nearby areas in Cuddalore were hit very hard, with entire villages having been wiped out, and many others devastated. the loss of life has been massive. fortunately, the governmental relief efforts in cuddalore have been better than in any other place. there is no dearth of food or clothing at the moment. however, appropriate medical care remains elusive. also, material for rebuilding lives — utensils, foodgrains, stoves and money for rebuilding houses. i’m travelling to cuddalore tomorrow to better understand how we can help in a focused manner. in the meantime, i’m directing all queries to Association for India’s Development and Tamilnadu Science Forum. when the need arises. The Cuddalore monitors have been engaged in relief work, and are slowly getting back to their own lives as well.

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Please sign the online petition for Justice in Bhopal

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Twenty years is a long time to wait for justice, proper compensation, the freedom to live without fear from poisons in your drinking water, proper medical studies into the illnesses that have ravaged your health and your family’s for two decades. To this day, Union Carbide and its 100% parent Dow Chemical refuse to divulge the components of the chemical cloud that devastated Bhopal on “that night” twenty years ago. They refuse to share medical studies they performed into the effects of the gases. They continue to refuse to appear before a court in Bhopal, where Union Carbide faces criminal charges for “culpable homicide”, they refuse either to clean-up or pay for a clean up of the derelict and devastated factory site where piles of poisons lie in the open air and have contamined the soil and local drinking water supplies. They continue to claim that “all legal issues” have were ended by the 1989 settlement despite the fact that the present criminal proceedings were specifically re-opened by the Indian Supreme Court in 1991, in a judgement modifying the 1989 settlement. They continue to apply pressure through their allies in the US government on the government of India to take little or no action against them. Dow continues to assert that it has no responsibility for Union Carbide’s real and potential liabitlies in India, despite having accepted responsibility for Union Carbide’s asbestos liabilities in the United States. Dow continues to rampage like an out-of-control rogue through the environmental and human rights of people not only in Bhopal but elsewhere in the world, including the USA and particularly in its own home state of Michigan. Official channels have consistently failed the people of Bhopal and Dow’s other victims around the world, it is only public pressure that has ever brought any movement. This is why we ask you to sign the online petition.
Please add your name right now.

NOTE: THE PETITION IS NO LONGER ACTIVE

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Bhopalis in massive water protest as State government ignores Supreme Court order

BHOPAL WATER PROTEST -LATEST

Please join us in taking urgent action.

From Sathyu in Bhopal. Thurs 14. Picture by Maude Dorr.

We were about 350 people in all. About 10 men, the rest all women. We reached the Director’s office [Director, Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Madhya Pradesh Government] around noon. The office is right opposite the Governor’s residence and hence within a high security zone, but it took a while for the police force to respond.

Survivors, police and all in Director’s office

By the time the first posse of cops arrived the women were all inside the Director’s office. The Director himself was not there, just his office staff. All the rooms were occupied by the women, some even adjusting the coolers to suit their comfort. The big rooms and the corridor reverberated with slogans:

Stop poisoning our children
Arrange for a clean water supply
Implement the Supreme Court’s order
Madhya Pradesh Government stop lying.

The banners we hung outside said “We want water from Kolar Reservoir through pipe lines”. More than a dozen TV and newspaper reporters were on the scene recording the occasional clashes with the cops. There were two trucks with policepersons in full riot gear and two riot control vans in the office compound.

We told the police officials that we would be peaceful and would end the occupation only after a written assurance from the Director about laying down pipelines to bring water to these communities. An hour into the occupation the Director came and a meeting was organised with the demonstrators in the presence of media persons and the police officials.

Bhupal singh agreed to provide us with a written assurance regarding supply of piped water. While it wasn’t what we had aimed for [we wanted an assurance that a pipeline would be laid within one month] it was possibly the first clear response we have got on this so far. There was much cheering and more slogan chanting by the women as they left the Director’s office.

We can help them by writing, faxing or emailing in protest to:

Mr Iqbal Ahmed
Secretary, Department of Gas Relief
Government of Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
India
email: digrr@mp.nic.in
phone: +91 755 441424
fax: +91 755 257 1399

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