In a massive display of solidarity, students across the USA protest against Dow and mark the 22nd anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
Bhopal ki Aawaaz

December 02, 2006
PRESS STATEMENT
In a statement released by four survivors organisations: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action and Bhopal ki Aawaaz, representatives of the people poisoned by American multinational Union Carbide welcomed the support of students all over USA who are taking action on the 22nd Anniversary of the world’s worst industrial massacre.
At 14 cities and towns all over USA, members of Students for Bhopal will be taking part in a creative and effective array of protest actions in solidarity with the survivors of Bhopal.
At Austin, Texas, protest events include a die-in in front of the Capitol Building on December 2nd during the day and a candlelight vigil in the evening.
In Bloomington, Indiana, student members will re-enact the Bhopal gas tragedy funeral in a public place.
In Manhattan, New York there will be a short funeral procession with coffins to symbolise and mourn those killed from the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. The procession will end in front of the Indian Consulate where a demonstration will take place demanding action by the Indian government for improving the situation in Bhopal.
Activists from Ann Arbor, Michigan close to Dow Chemical’s headquarters in Midland will visit Board members of Dow in their homes and give them prison suits. They will also hold a march to Dow’s offices within the University campus.
Students from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut will build a memorial, send Dow management the resumes of chemistry students who would not consider working for them until they clean up their act and send Dow a letter from chemistry professors urging them to fulfill their ethical duties in Bhopal.
Students at Princeton, New Jersey and in Seattle, Washington will hold candle light vigils and supporters of Bhopal survivors in San Diego, California will do a reenactment of the disaster in Bhopal.
In Cincinnati, Ohio students have organised a photo exhibition from November 27 and will be performing a “die in” and screening Bhopal Express movie on the anniversary of the disaster.
In Atlanta, Georgia student members along with Amnesty International will be organising a cultural event including music, poetry and film screenings on the disaster in Bhopal and its perpetrators.
Student members in Chicago, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland will visit individual Dow Board Members in the area at their residences to present them with prison suits.
In Boston, Massachusetts today students will march through the centre of the city to the offices of State St. Bank, a major shareholder in Dow Chemical.
On December 3rd there will be a public screening of the BBC film One Night in Bhopal at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Students of Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, will hold a candlelight vigil.
In May this year Harold Shapiro a Professor of Ethics at Princeton University resigned from Dow Chemical’s Board of Directors after members of Students for Bhopal did a fax-campaign demanding his resignation. Shapiro who had joined the Board in 1985 was the longest serving Dow board member.
Leaders of the four organisations: Rashida Bee, Syed M Irfan, Shahid Noor and Rachna Dhingra will be leading a mashaal rally in front of the Union Carbide factory this evening at 8 PM.
Rashida Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
93031 32959
Syed M Irfan,
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
93290 26319
Shahid Noor
Bhopal ki Aawaaz
98261 82226
Rachna Dhingra, Satinath Sarangi,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
98261 67369
Contact : ICJB Office, House No. 60, Near Cold Storage, Union Carbide Road, Chhola, Bhopal
Please visit www.studentsforbhopal.org for more information on the solidarity campaign in USA

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