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Protest at a Dow Facility

Do YOU live near a Dow facility? If so, organize a vigil outside, rope off the fenceline with “Crime Scene: Do Not Cross” caution tape, draw chalk outlines in the street outside, or attempt to meet with the plant manager as a delegation to express your concerns about Dow's continuing inaction in Bhopal.

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What To Do

In San Diego, 2005

The no-frills plan is simple: hold signs or a banner outside the plant, near the entrance/exit, and hand out information about Bhopal to the workers as they enter in the morning or exit at night (depending on when their shift ends). This is important because the workers may not know much about Bhopal (and Dow would like to keep it that way) and because you can invite the local media to cover your event (they like to cover protests). If you'd like to engage Dow more directly, you can present them with a jhadoo or a sample of contaminated water from Bhopal.

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Go on a reconnaissance mission. Scope out the site as far in advance as you can. Drive by it beforehand so that you have an idea of what it looks like, what might be public property, where you can hold your protest, where you can park, etc. All this information will be very useful to you later on. Also, find out when the workers enter or exit the plant, and for how long - this will help you decide when in the day to hold the protest.

In Dallas, Texas, 2003

Contact National Lawyers Guild in your area to ask for a legal observer if you can get one. You may also want to think about what is public property and what is private, and whether you'll need a permit (and what to do if you don't get one, and they tell you that you need one).

Make signs. (this is fun)

Decide what you want to hand out to the workers. Something simple, describing what happened in Bhopal and how Dow is responsible should be fine.

Put out your media advisory and invite the media to come with you for the protest. Local TV may be interested - they like protests.

Bring along a camera or two yourself to take photos of the event.

If you’ve chosen to, ask to speak with the plant manager. Even if you aren’t allowed to see the plant manager, you should insist on leaving any objects that you may have brought with you to deliver. Your protest shouldn’t last longer than an hour.

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In Rhode Island, 2003

..........Nationwide list of Dow facilities
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Request a jhadoo or sample of Bhopal water
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights

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The international student campaign to hold Dow accountable for Bhopal, and its other toxic legacies around the world.
For more information about the campaign, or for problems regarding this website, contact
Shana Ortman, the US Coordinator for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
Last updated: April 30, 2008


"The year 2003 was a special year in the history of the campaign for justice in Bhopal. It was the year when student and youth supporters from at least 30 campuses in the US and India took action against Dow Chemical or in support of the demands of the Bhopal survivors. As we enter the 20th year of the unfolding Bhopal disaster, we can, with your support, convey to Dow Chemical that the fight for justice in Bhopal is getting stronger and will continue till justice is done. We look forward to your continued support and good wishes, and hope that our joint struggle will pave the way for a just world free of the abuse of corporate power."

Signed/ Rasheeda Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Employees Union
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal