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Event & Action Ideas

Are you ready to take action for Bhopal?! These are a few ideas that should help get you started. Keep in mind that ideas are infinitely variable, and that you’re limited only by your own creativity. However everything you organize should fit into a larger campaign that you’ve already chosen – if not you run the risk of being scattered and ineffective. No matter what you do, make sure you take photos and keep us updated! Also, don’t forget to consult our urgent action page for more ways you can get involved. Note: events are ranked by approximate time and effort on a five-star scale.

Education Multipurpose Ideas
Targeting Dow At Your School Halloween Ideas
Targeting Dow Host a Fundraiser House Party
Targeting the Indian Government Still More Ideas (if you need them)


Education

Host a Film or Video Screening **
A dozen short documentaries and at least one full-length feature film about the Bhopal disaster are available for FREE. Show them on your campus, and follow up the screening with a discussion about what people can do. Then get involved!

Resources:
..........Request a film
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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At the University of Colorado

Host the Bhopal Photo Exhibit **
"We are not Flowers, We are Flames!", a powerful exhibition of photographs by Raghu Rai and Maude Dorr, is touring the United States and available for exhibition on your campus. "We are not Flowers, We are Flames!" documents both the horror of the disaster and the perseverance and determination of those who survived to demand justice, corporate accountability, and their basic human right to an environment free of chemical poisons. Thumbnails of the 24-piece exhibit, as well as comments from those who have seen it and other details, are available here. Shipping costs are estimated at $90-$120 dollars.

Resources:
..........Request the exhibit
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Publicity fliers (One & Two) about the exhibit at the University of Michigan
..........• A bus advertisement about the exhibit at the University of Michigan
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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At the AID Conference in Pittsburgh

Host a Speaker, Teach-in, Panel Discussion, or Debate **
Invite a speaker from the Bhopal campaign to come and discuss the disaster, its aftermath, and the ongoing struggle for justice. Then invite your friends, classmates, professors, and members of the University administration to attend or participate. Browse the Bhopal Speaker’s Bureau to find out more.

Resources:
..........Request a speaker
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Perform Bhopal, a Play by Rahul Varma ***
Bhopal, first performed at the Teesri Duniya Theatre in Montreal in November 2001, “tells the story of how complex forces struggled to bury the truth, expose it, or shape it to the needs of self-interest, and how an unspeakable disaster ended all speculation. Ultimately, though, it is about - and for - those without means or influence, whose voices are seldom heard and yet who are made to pay the cost.” More information, including reviews, is available here.

Resources:
..........Request the play
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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AID-Bay Area vigil, 2003

Coordinate an Anniversary Vigil or Commemoration **
On Dec. 3rd, organize a vigil on campus, in your community, or near the home of a Dow Boardmember or a Dow facility. Invite participants to remember the dead and vow to fight for those who still suffer today. Consider including speakers, music, survivor testimonials, poetry readings, and candle-lighting.

Resources:
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Bhopal poetry
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Don't forget the candles!

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At Brown University

Recitation of Names **
Among all those who died in Bhopal it’s easy to lose track of the individuals that Carbide killed. Reminding everyone that 20,000 deaths is more than just a number can be a powerful event. Organize a public reading of the names of some of those who gave their lives. Alternately, you could do so visually, by chalking a list of names on your campus crossroads. You could also build gravestones (relatively easy) or human-size silhouette cut-outs in black and print the name and story of a Bhopali killed by Carbide.

Resources:
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........Bhopal poetry
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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In Togo, West Africa, 2005

Build A Bhopal Memorial **
The only memorial ever built in Bhopal was designed by a descendant of the Holocaust. Inscribed on its sides are the words “No Hiroshima, No Bhopal – We Want to Live.” Design your own Bhopal memorial in your community. You might want to include a list of names, or it may be more symbolic (like a dry ice “gas leak” surrounded by a swathe of body outlines in chalk, a pile of body bags, or a funeral procession).

Resources:
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........Bhopal poetry
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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An art competition in Bhopal

Organize a Poetry/Art Contest ***
Invite the students from your school to participate in a poetry or artistic competition with a Bhopal theme. Organize an exhibition/recitation that’s open to the public, and hand out prizes donated by area businesses. Consider sending the winning entries to Dow.

Resources:
..........Visit the home of Bhopal Arts on the web for inspiration
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Spread the Word *
Write an article about Bhopal for your campus newspaper, ask the paper to do a story on your group’s activities, or submit an op-ed column with a local angle (sample articles are available on the Students for Bhopal website). Or set up an interview for yourself or a member of the campaign on campus radio!

Resources:
..........Draft Op-eds
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal

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Seattle, 2004

Organize Public Bhopal Readings **
This is easy to plan; all you need are things to read and people to read them! Host a regular reading session about the Bhopal disaster and campaign, perhaps at a local coffee shop, and invite the public.

Resources:
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Bhopal poetry
..........Bhopal books
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Targeting Dow At Your School

Pass a Student Government Resolution ****
Draft a resolution calling on your school to divest, reject Dow’s funding, or expel Dow recruiters. Present the resolution to your student government with a supporting petition from the student body, faculty, and alumni.

Find out more

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University of Michigan

Dow Buildings ***
Do you have a Dow Building (or lounge, or plaza) on YOUR campus? If so, perhaps you should rename it! Do so at night (if you modify the signs, make sure your changes cause no permanent damage) or organize a public ceremony and invite the media. Tell them that Dow’s money isn’t welcome at your school so long as they neglect their responsibilities in Bhopal.

Alternately, you can organize a “quarantine” of the building. Dress in white biohazard suits and white face masks and advise students that entry into the building might be unsafe, given Dow's history of environmental contamination.

If you’re really creative, you can borrow a projector, design a skull and crossbones slide, and project it onto your campus Dow building.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights

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Disrupt Dow Recruiting Sessions ***
Thwart Dow’s ability to recruit on campus by disrupting their recruiting sessions. Seal off planned recruitment venues with “Crime Scene: Do Not Cross” caution tape. “Quarantine” the session by dressing in white biohazard suits and white face masks; advise students that entry might be unsafe, given Dow's history of chemical contamination. Deliver a jhadoo to the Dow recruiter, or attend the session wearing Pinocchio noses to highlight Dow’s lie-ability. Even asking persistent questions about Bhopal – questions Dow doesn’t want asked – can be a disruptive influence.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights

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Pledge Not to Work for Dirty Dow! **
Collect pledges from students, promising not to work for Dow until they resolve their responsibilities in Bhopal. Collect the resumes of students who’ve promised not to work for Dow and deliver them to the company so they’ll know what they’re missing.

Resources:
..........• Pledge sheets: PDF and Excel
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Educate Potential Dow Recruits About Bhopal **
Dow won’t tell potential recruits the truth about its dirty legacy, but shouldn’t potential employees know what they’re getting into? Educate them about Bhopal and Dow’s devastating legacy. Flier at career fairs, hand out information to those attending Dow recruitment sessions, or even pretend to be a Dow recruiter yourself, offering students jobs in exchange for their consciences.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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The Run-Around ***
Are you getting the run-around from your college or university? Organize one yourself: run in a circle around the home of your college President or Chancellor to highlight the treatment you’re getting from your school, and demand action.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights

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Alumni Support ***
As a major source of financial support for your school, alumni carry great weight with the administration. Circulate a sign-on letter to gather alumni support for your campaign, and make it public if your school refuses to take action. In extreme circumstances, you may want to organize an alumni boycott of donations to your school, or collect donations in a separate fund that you’ll release to the school when they agree to your demands. Check with your Alumni Office for a list of major donors to your school.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters

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Sit-Ins *****
Sit-ins are a tactic that first gained popularity in the Thirties in the labor movement, then in the Sixties in the Civil Rights movement. They have recently gained notoriety for their successful use by the student anti-sweatshop movement. Occupying (or sitting-in) a building is one of the strongest non-violent forms of action that a group can take. By sitting in your school president’s office, or an important part of the administration building, you reduce their ability to operate. The result can be anything from confusion, to intense hostility, to capitulation. You risk punishment and arrest, but by acting boldly you’ll get extensive media coverage and greatly increase the likelihood of negotiations and their success.

You should NOT hold a sit-in until you have worked through the initial stages of educating people and holding one or more protests. A sit-in is a last resort, and should not be done out of the blue. However if, after having worked on an issue for a long time, you’re hitting your head against a brick wall, then the time might be ripe for a sit-in.

You’ll need a core group of people to start the effort. Organize a series of meetings over the course of which you introduce and discuss the sit-in option. Don’t force reluctant people to commit, but over a couple weeks build up a list of people willing to sit-in. Get them to sign a pledge and repeatedly verify that they are comfortable doing so. Aim for group consensus on the decision to sit-in. Members who do not want to sit-in will hopefully be supportive of those who do, and you need some activists on the outside to organize rallies in your support. Discuss what you’ll do if security tells you to leave. Scout out the site. It should be strategic (a site of power), ideally near the center of campus (where you can gather supporters), and large enough to accommodate your group of people for a couple days or more.

To avoid security stopping you before you can get in the building, you should keep the discussion of doing a sit-in off all email lists (especially details of date and time). Rely upon word-of-mouth, calling people and group meetings.

Don't forget your hippopotamus

Here’s a list of things to bring:
..........• Backpacks
..........• Food and water
..........• Deodorant (and other personal hygiene items)
..........• Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows
..........• Books, cards, homework
..........• Cameras
..........• Signs
..........• Laptops
..........• Cellular phone(s): to call outside supporters and the media
..........• List of outside supporters and media to call
..........• Scanner radio: for $50-$100 you can buy a handheld scanner that will let you listen to your security and city police, hopefully giving you advance warning before they take any action (though using it to do so is slightly illegal). Tip: Try Ebay or this site for a cheap scanner. Also you should be able to find a list of frequencies on the web.
..........• Reporter(s): the more reporter present, the better you will get treated by your target (the more likely they are to negotiate and grant your demands).
..........• Don’t overpack.

You might have the freedom to come and leave, in which case you can arrange to deliver assignments and stay on top of your courses. Leave the space neat and tidy. Don’t punish the underpaid secretaries and janitors who will have to clean up any mess you leave.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights
..........Sit in! A Tactical Analysis by Aaron Kreider

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Targeting Dow

Confront Dow Board Members ****
If a Dow Board member lives nearby or has close ties with your university, they should be told - repeatedly and creatively - that Dow needs to take responsibility for Bhopal. See if you can arrange a private meeting with them, or present them with a list of demands, a jhadoo, a sample of Bhopal water, or the photo of a Bhopal victim. Hold a candlelight vigil or a protest outside their house if they refuse to meet with you, and invite the media.

Find out more

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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.

Find out more

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Ask your Professors to Sign the National Faculty Petition *
Ask your professors to consider signing the Faculty Petition for Justice in Bhopal. The petition calls on Dow to face criminal trial in India (its subsidiary, Union Carbide, has been charged with culpable homicide for the thousands of deaths caused by the disaster); provide long-term healthcare for the victims; fund a clean-up of the abandoned site; and sponsor income-generating opportunities for those too sick to continue in their previous occupation. All you need to do to collect signatures for it is ask!

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal

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Targeting the Indian Government

Organize a Call-in Day **
Set up a table in your campus crossroads and organize a mass call-in or fax-in to the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC. Ask for the Ambassador or a senior official, and tell them to comply with ICJB’s demands.

Neend Udao

Shri Babulal Gaur, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
+91 755 2442231
+91 755 2442241
+91 755 2540500
+91 755 2540501 (residential numbers at Chief Minister's house)

Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister, Department of Gas Relief
+91 755 2431011
+91 755 2763536 (residential numbers)

Shri Iqbal Ahmed, Principal Secretary, Department of Gas Relief
+91 755 2441681 (residence)

Find out more

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Neend Udao **
“Neend Udao”, or “Wake Up!” in Hindi, is what the politicians in Bhopal need to do. Organize a mass call-in and give them a real "Wake Up!" call: tell them to fulfill their duty and support the needs of the Bhopal survivors. Naturally, given the time difference, it may be impossible to avoid calling at odd hours and disrupting their sleep. Be polite but firm: it’s time to agree to the demands of the Bhopal survivors.

Their home numbers are given on the right, together with a useful clock showing the current time in Bhopal. Please make good use of it.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Need a cheap phone card?

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Organize a Protest ****
If you live near the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, or near one of the other consulates in the United States (New York, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco), consider organizing a demonstration to call on the Indian Government to do what it should have done long ago – comply with the demands of the Bhopal survivors.

Outside the New York Consulate, 2005

Resources:
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights

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Multipurpose Ideas

Summon the "Dow Grim Reaper" **
Dress up as the Dow Grim Reaper by painting or taping Dow's symbol on the front of a Grim Reaper costume. Then cull your student body by handing them “death slips” that explain how and why your victims have died. It’s a fun way to spread the word about Bhopal - and let everyone know who’s responsible.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Hand out “Bhopal Water” **
Concoct a nasty brew of foul-tasting ingredients and hand it out to students on a silver platter. Dress up as a waiter and approach people on your college green or in your school’s cafeterias. Invite them to try the Bhopal water but insist that they sign a liability waiver in case of injury or death. Educate yourself beforehand about the toxins found in actual Bhopal water.

A creative twist: befoul (but do no damage to) a public fountain. Dress up as Dow executives and angrily assert that the water is clean, and fine for drinking. Refuse to drink the water yourselves but insist that others do so.

Resources:
..........Request an actual sample of Bhopal water
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Chalkings *
Get a couple buckets of sidewalk chalk and decorate campus. Chalking is cheap, fun, creative, and effective. Some schools don’t like it, but it’s pretty harmless and if you do it late at night, you’ll avoid scrutiny. You can use it to educate, advertise, or put pressure on your administration (Ex.: by chalking the night before a lot of alumni or parents are visiting campus).

At Brown University

One possibility: sketch body outlines around campus (particularly around the Dow Building, if you have one, or the President’s house) and write the names of Bhopal victims inside, or Bhopal slogans.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights
..........Partial list of dead & injured

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Petitions *
Petitions are the time-honored way of demonstrating public support for your campaign and can also be a useful tool for introducing people to an issue.

Rather than assigning a few people to sit at a table and collect signatures, it’s more efficient for everyone in the group to get in on the act, and collect 20 or so signatures per week (or more if you can) from friends, folks in their dorms, etc. Give people a basic rap to say, hand out the blank petitions at a meeting and send them off!

As with other kinds of sign-up sheets, it’s good to put yourself and a few friends at the top of the sheet so nobody has to be the first. Keep the original petition and send copies of it to your target(s).

Add everyone who signs up to a low-traffic “action alert” email list, so that they’ll know about other opportunities to support your efforts.

Resources:
..........• Sample petitions for students and faculty to sign
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Effective Campus Petition Drives: A Strategy

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Balloon Petition **
As a creative variation on traditional petitioning, write a brief slogan (such as “Justice for Bhopal Now”) on helium balloons and collect signatures on the balloons before tying them all over campus.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Effective Campus Petition Drives: A Strategy

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A thousand bloody handprints of Bhopali children

Bloody Handprints ***
Build a toxic waste drum out of chicken wire and paper mache (if you can’t find a real one), paint it white (red for Dow’s symbol) and then plant it in a major thoroughfare. As people pass through, you can ask them to leave their bloody handprints in red fingerpaint. Then take photos to send to Dow or even send the real thing. Or deliver it to a key member of your college with a demand for action. The same can also be done with a large cloth banner.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Blood Money ***
Send some creatively designed “blood money” to Dow to symbolize its continuing profits at the expense of human lives. If there’s a Dow facility or Dow Boardmember nearby, make a delivery – or plaster the sidewalk out front with their dirty dollars. Alternately, if your school has close ties with Dow, dress up as a Dow executive and attempt to donate your bloody money to the school.

Dow's Address

They'd love to hear from you...

The Dow Chemical Company
2030 Dow Center
Midland, MI 48674

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal graphics
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Organize a Run for Your Life!! Race *****
Organize a short race to dramatize and re-create the disaster. Begin with a (dry ice) gas “leak” (outside a Dow building if you have one on campus, or a nearby Dow facility) and urge the runners to dash for safety. Dress up as the Grim Reaper, catch people as they flee, and give them death certificates at the end. Award the “survivors” (the winners) with “metals” symbolizing the continuing chemical and heavy metal contamination that burdens the people of Bhopal.

View more photos from the race!

At the University of Michigan, the “Run for Your Life!!” race served three purposes: raising awareness about the disaster among the student body in an engaging and participatory way; drawing attention to the University’s unacceptable association with Dow, and garnering valuable publicity for the campaign. Participants were asked to sign away their rights by a "Dow representative" sporting a Pinocchio nose. The Dow rep spoke grandly about Dow's discussions with survivors and attempts to develop a philanthropic strategy for Bhopal, but the runners weren't buying it. Instead they signed allegations of liability, charging the company with ignoring its clear legal responsibilities in Bhopal.

The race began with a dry ice "gas leak" outside of the Dow Chemistry Laboratories on Central Campus. Participants began to cough and soon they fled, chased by a resolute Grim Reaper sporting a nasty scythe. Before the runners reached the vicinity of the University Hospitals, more than 40% had been culled by the Reaper. Death certificates and stickers reading "I DIED: Ask Me How" were distributed to those who were caught; the winners were granted lead and mercury “metals”, symbolizing the continuing contamination that even the survivors of the Bhopal disaster continue to face. Water bottles reading "CLEAN WATER - What Bhopal Lacks" were distributed to all the participants, who had braved the weather and turned out to run in spite of near-freezing temperatures. The race received coverage in the local section of Monday's Ann Arbor News.

Resources:
..........• Check with university or city officials to see whether your race needs a permit.
..........• You may require race insurance. K&K Insurance offers reasonable rates.
..........• Dry ice (usually easy to find; ask around)
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........• Publicity fliers (One & Two) about the race at the University of Michigan
..........• A "Run for Your Life!" ad that ran in the Ann Arbor News
..........• A bus advertisement about the race at the University of Michigan
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Put Dow On Trial ****
This is a creative and engaging way of educating the campus community about the Bhopal disaster. It involves a presentation of evidence, a prosecution and a defense, and an impartial jury which can convict Dow on the basis of the evidence presented. You can invite law students, the mock trial group, or Dow representatives to participate, and notify the media - and Dow - of the outcome.

Alternately, you could empanel a group of students as a Grand Jury and ask them to issue an indictment. A Grand Jury would differ from a full trial in that:

..........• The standard of proof is lower. The Grand Jury simply needs to conclude that a "preponderance of the evidence" suggests that a party is guilty. A conviction requires reasonable doubt.
..........• In a trial, there is a prosecutor and a defendant. However the Grand Jury is simpler: there are no judges or opposing lawyers, only the prosecution and an impartial body of citizens. Evidence is presented, and on the basis of that evidence the Grand Jury decides whether or not to indict. A Grand Jury can also subpoena witnesses and evidence.
..........• An indictment leaves open the interesting possibility of a response from the company. In the indictment, you can demand that a Dow representative appear to stand trial at your school. In the unlikely event that one does appear, then you could have an actual trial - and that would certainly be interesting. However what you'll likely receive instead is a letter from Dow, espousing their PR talking points, which you'll be able to post for the whole school to read. If they fail to appear, you can declare them "absconders", just like the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Bhopal, and issue arrest warrants for the Board. These can then be “served” on Dow executives nationwide.

The whole process is interactive theater from start to finish, and it lends itself to media coverage: "Blah University Students Indict $40 Billion Company for Corporate Manslaughter". You can even give interviews "in character" as the prosecutor or as a juror.

Resources:
..........Survivor testimonials
..........• Amnesty International report: Clouds of Injustice
..........In-depth background information
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Present Dow with an "Award" ***
Give Dow an “award” for its infamous legacy in Bhopal. The award can be as fancy as a plaque or as easy as a certificate made from construction paper. Or, present a Pinocchio nose to congratulate Dow on their lie-ability. Give the award to a Dow representative at your school, a recipient of Dow funding, or to the Dow Grim Reaper, on hand to “represent” the company and accept the award. You can then send on the actual award and photographs of the ceremony to Dow headquarters in Midland.

Dow's Address

They'd love to hear from you...

The Dow Chemical Company
2030 Dow Center
Midland, MI 48674

Resources:
..........Order a plaque online for as little as $40
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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University of Michigan, 2002

Leaking Barrels ***
Dramatize the gas leak with toxic waste barrels and foaming dry ice. Makes a great spectacle!

Resources:
..........Bhopal graphics
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Fasts or Hunger-Strikes ****
Public fasts and hunger strikes can be a powerful way of demonstrating your commitment, generating media coverage, and winning supporters to your side. Consider a day-long collective hunger strike, a rotating hunger strike, or an indefinite hunger strike (although most people can go without food for several days, consult your doctor). If you’re planning an indefinite hunger strike, make sure that some of your leaders don’t join in – they’ll need their energy to organize support behind your struggle. Be sure to drink lots of water. Fasting is a traditional non-violent tactic that has been used by women suffragists, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, political prisoners and others. If you are going on a prolonged hunger strike (more than 1-3 days), read up on it first, so you know what you’re doing.

Resources:
..........Health facts for hunger-strikers (courtesy of United Students Against Sweatshops)
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Rallies ****
The purpose of a rally is to show your level of support to your target, to invigorate your supporters and to attract media attention to bring new people into the campaign. Rallies can include chanting, signs, banners, music, marching, street theater, impassioned speeches, humor, presenting petitions and anything else you like. The advertising could and should include:
..........• Press releases to papers, radio, and TV (with follow-up)
..........• Announcements in classes and to other groups
..........• Chalking on the sidewalks and blackboards
..........• Mailings to your mailing list, and calls to your phone list
..........• Posters

Develop a sensible time-line and make sure everything gets done on time, with people assigned to specific tasks - as usual, you can do a good job at a reasonable pace with a lot of people, or a bad job frantically with just a few. It’s especially important to have some last-minute advertising the day of the rally - chalk on the sidewalks the night before, leaflet the day of, etc.

In front of the Indian Consulate in New York

Rallies usually begin with a short introduction by an MC and then a series of speeches, chants, music, and so on. Some things to help rallies go well:
..........• Keep speakers on strict time limits that you warn them about in advance. Have a fearless MC signal ‘timeout’ if they go over.
..........• Use the rally to promote your group. You deserve the reward for organizing it.
..........• If it’s outside, remember to put a rain location on the posters.
..........• Have a good diversity of speakers (gender, race, etc.) and don’t rely again and again on the same good speakers. New people need to develop those skills too, and they’ll have a blast. Trust them.
..........• Have several people designated as representatives to the press.
..........• Getting people to crowd together and having colorful banners in the background will make for good pictures.
..........• Have a few marshals on hand to direct the crowd, lead chants, and so on.
..........• Make the rally visually attractive - lots of signs and banners, T-shirts with slogans, costumes and theater and so on. You can cheaply make full color T-shirts with color inkjet printers, an iron, and T-shirt transfer paper (1.50 a sheet). How about a nighttime march, carrying torches? Ooooh!

Press tips:
..........• Find them - don’t wait for them to find you. Control the media, instead of letting them control you.
..........• Have several “sound bites” ready beforehand. Saying these, and repeating them if necessary, is a higher priority than answering the reporter’s questions (sad, but true).
..........• Don’t make long-winded speeches; they’ll be edited to death.
..........• A press packet prepared beforehand with detailed information might help.
..........• Do what you can to make the audience well informed - it looks bad for them to say, “Well, uh, I guess I came cause, well, yah know, I’m really concerned about stuff.”

Resources:
..........Bhopal slogans
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Organize a Fundraiser **
Organize a concert, dinner, raffle, or party to raise money for the Bhopal campaign or Sambhavna Clinic. Ask co-ops or local businesses to donate the supplies, food or prizes.

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Banner Drops ***
Drop a banner from a high spot. Big Banner. Good photo-op.

Resources:
..........Bhopal slogans
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Halloween Ideas

Dow Piñata ***
Build a Dow "piñata" out of wire mesh and paper mache and invite the campus to break it open. Build the piñata in the shape of a toxic waste drum and paint the Dow logo on its sides. Then have everyone take a swing at it! Design it to break open at the bottom, and fill it with chemical slime, blood and bones, or stink bombs. Be sure to have plenty of candy around for those who take a swing, so that no one goes away disappointed.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Dow’s Death Squad ***
Instead of attending a Halloween party as a harmless demon, why not come as something a bit more scary - a member of the DOW Death Squad! Wear faceless masks (or chemical suits!) and walk around campus with water from Bhopal, information about Dow & the history of the disaster, etc. Find out where the parties will be on campus and go with your squad. Hand out "Bhopal beverages" filled with 'chemical residue.' Educate yourself beforehand about the toxins found in actual Bhopal water. Make as big a show at the party as possible by bringing a boombox playing the Bhopal song Flames not Flowers as you walk through the party.

Alternately, hold your own Death Squad party. Turn up the boombox and insist that folks drink your revolting Bhopal beverages. Draw a chalk outline on the ground for those unlucky enough to do so.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Seize a Cemetery ****
Dress up as Dow executives and "seize" a nearby cemetery. Claim that the dead are your "intellectual property," and cite Agent Orange, DDT, Napalm and Bhopal to back up your claim. Invite the media - they'll love the spectacle!

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........Understand your rights

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Dow Haunted House ***
Build a Dow Haunted House for Halloween. Make the Haunted House educational, but scary too - perhaps this is another venue for the Dow Grim Reaper to stalk his victims.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release
..........Bhopal Posters
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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Halloween Trick or Treat *
Something your family can do! Instead of just giving out candy to the trick-or-treaters, include information about the real-life horror story that continues in Bhopal today.

Resources:
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Bhopal Posters
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two

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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: November 11, 2008

WE ALL LIVE IN BHOPAL

"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