Many students – and many people in general – know very
little about what happened in Bhopal. However when people learn
about Bhopal and the chemical terror that continues there, many
become outraged, and determined to support the cause of justice.
Make sure that ongoing education is the foundation of all your efforts,
and continues throughout any other campaigns you may undertake.
Use It Or Lose It: Shares in Dow
Does YOUR college or university own shares in Dow? Many do –
nationwide, more than $110 million in
Dow stock is owned by colleges and universities. If your school
is one of them, they should use it or lose it – use it to
support the Bhopal
Shareholder’s Resolution or lose it through divestment.
Expel Dow from Your School!
While the people of Bhopal wallow in chemical sludge, Dow diligently
continues to buy influence at colleges and universities across the
country with giveaways that now total more than $60
million. Find out whether your
university accepts funding from Dow; if so, tell your university
to turn it down until Dow gets
its priorities straight.
Don't Work for Dirty Dow!
Every year Dow recruits at colleges and universities across the
country, sweeping up some of the brightest minds that schools and
students have to offer. These new recruits may not understand what
they’re getting into – they’re certainly not getting
the full picture from Dow recruiters.
Make sure they get it - and challenge Dow's ability to recruit by
signing them up instead for the "Don't Work for Dirty Dow"
Dow Board of Directors
Dow’s Board of Directors is its ultimate decision-making
body, and Dow Board members should be held accountable for the ongoing
contamination of tens of thousands of Bhopal residents. If a Dow
Board member lives nearby
or has close ties with your university,
they should be told - repeatedly and creatively - to end the chemical
terror in Bhopal.
Pressure the Government of India
Carbide may have turned Bhopal into a gas chamber, but since then
the Indian Government has played a leading role in the oppression
of its own citizens. Today the Indian Government continues to deny
such basic requests as the need for safe drinking water, free from
Carbide’s poisons. Join the Bhopal survivors in demanding
justice - and force the Government to take
City Council Resolutions
Has your City or Town Council passed a resolution in support of
the Bhopal campaign? Probably not, but they should. Organize a campaign
to put your City Council on the record in support of justice –
and in favor of the basic human right to an environment free of
Public Shareholder Activism
Your state (and perhaps your city as well) manages a pension fund
for public employees, and it may be invested in Dow. Your city or
state treasury may be as well. Find
out – and if so, make sure that they use their shares
to support the Bhopal
Money is always a nice thing to have, especially when you’re
battling a $40 billion company. Funding is needed to support the
international campaign, the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, and essential
development work for gas-affected communities. Host a benefit concert,
a silent auction, or a community drive to support the struggle for
justice in Bhopal.