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Support the March to Delhi for Justice and Dignity!

Today some of the poorest people on earth, sick, living on the edge of starvation, illiterate, without funds, powerful friends or political influence, are demanding what many of us take for granted: unpoisoned water. Medical care, rehabilitation and social support. Justice for those who stole their health, their dreams, and the lives of their loved ones.

More than 20,000 were killed and 150,000 severely injured by a devastating chemical leak at a Union Carbide plant in 1984; since then the survivors have lived daily with the legacy of chemical terror.

On February 20 they will begin marching 500 miles on foot - a 33-day journey through the blistering heat of central India - to ask this of their government. So long as it refuses to listen, the Bhopalis - gassed by Carbide, poisoned by contaminated water, weakened by their grueling march - have pledged to starve themselves to death when they arrive.

They need our support.

Take Action! The March
Posters & Graphics Read the latest updates!
Resources The Demands
  The Route


Take Action!
Bhopalis protest in Delhi, and find themselves arrested for their trouble
 

The support of caring and compassionate people around the world has played a critical role in the victories we’ve won thus far. This March to Delhi is the biggest and most important action ever organized by the Bhopal campaign, but it won’t be successful without your support. Here’s what you can do to help:

Support the Bhopalis by joining our Global Week of Action, starting March 20!

 

Send a FREE FAX to the Indian Government, demanding that they agree to the survivors’ demands.

Call your nearest embassy or consulate! Ask to speak with the consul general or ambassador’s office and ask them to support the demands of the Bhopal survivors.

In the United States...
Washington DC Embassy: (202) 939-7010
New York Consulate: (212) 774-0601
Chicago Consulate: (312) 595-0412, (312) 595-9235
Houston Consulate: (713) 626-3153
San Francisco Consulate: (415) 668-0998

..........Ask your friends, neighbors, & pets to call
..........• Forward information to listserves asking other folks to call as well
..........Need a cheap phone card?

Actual conversation* with an Indian Consulate:

CSF: “Hello, Indian Consulate of San Francisco, can you please hold?”
Somnath: “Sure”

CSF: “Hi, sorry about that, it’s been a crazy day.”
Somnath: “Oh. Why is that?”
CSF: “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing! Everyone’s calling in support of the March to Delhi.”
Somnath: “Hmmm. About that…”
CSF: (groan)
Somnath: “I’d like to make a comment.”
CSF: (wearily) “Go ahead.”
Somnath: “My name is Somnath Baidya Roy and I’m an Indian National living in the United States. I support the Bhopalis’ March to Delhi and their right to justice and a life of dignity. Are you familiar with their demands?”
CSF: “By now, we’ve memorized them!”
Somnath: “Great. Then you already know how important they are. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I hope you’ll communicate my support to the Indian Government in Delhi.”
CSF: “Yes, we’re keeping a list. A long list. Thanks for your call.”
Somnath: “Have a great day!”

* Not an actual conversation

Protest! Organize a demonstration outside your nearest embassy or consulate. Or ask for a meeting with the Consul General so you can present the Bhopalis demands.vc

Washington DC Embassy: 2107 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008
New York Consulate: 3 East, 64th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Chicago Consulate: 455 N Cityfront Plaza Drive (NBC Tower Building) Suite #850 Chicago, IL 60611
Houston Consulate: 1990 Post Oak Blvd. # 600 3 Post Oak Central Houston, TX 77056
San Francisco Consulate: 540 Arguello Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94118

..........• Invite the media. Let us know and we can help.
..........Understand your rights
..........• Read up gpast protests at the DC Embassy

..........• Amnesty International report: Clouds of Injustice
..........The March Demands
..........Posters & Graphics
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal, & you can modify these fact sheets about the 2006 March to Delhi
..........• Modify these M2D half sheet flyers (doc) or these additional M2D flyers (doc) or even these M2D Action Cards! (doc)
..........Survivor testimonials, Marchers' stories, Bhopal poetry, and a partial list of dead & injured
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........M2D Media Kit (doc) and a draft Media Advisory/Press Release and a draft op-ed! (doc)
..........• This draft advertising poster may come in handy, or these draft Bhopal quartersheets: One & Two

Print, sign and mail these postcards to the Prime Minister. Share them with your friends!

Add the following banners to your webpage or the signature line of your email account (active gif files). Ask your friends to do the same!

Organize a Vigil. Do so on campus, in your community, or outside your nearest embassy or consulate. 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.

AID-Bay Area vigil, 2003

..........• Invite the media. Let us know and we can help.
..........Posters & Graphics
..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal, & you can modify these fact sheets about the 2006 March to Delhi
..........• Modify these M2D half sheet flyers (doc) or these additional M2D flyers (doc) or even these M2D Action Cards! (doc)
..........Survivor testimonials, 2006 Marchers' stories, Bhopal poetry, and a partial list of dead & injured
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........M2D Media Kit (doc) and a draft Media Advisory/Press Release and a draft op-ed! (doc)
..........• This draft advertising poster may come in handy, or these draft Bhopal quartersheets: One & Two
..........Don't forget the candles!

A suggested plan of events…

Once everyone has gathered and has a candle (a tea light in a cup should help with the wind!), the leader of the group introduces themselves and tells the story of what happened in Bhopal and the events that have led up to the event.

You can ask the people who’ve come to introduce themselves, mention where they’re from, and what brought them out (if people fasted that day, make sure those people talk a bit about why they fasted).

You could go around and ask selected people read the latest news from the hunger strike in Delhi or alternatively read the stories of that night.

You can end by thanking everyone for coming, reminding them of any upcoming events, passing around things to sign, dates you need participation and help. Ask everyone to say a few closing words if appropriate and disperse.

Don’t forget! Pens, candles, matches, signs/banners etc.

Inform the Media. Write a Letter to the Editor to your local paper, expressing your support for the March to Delhi. If it’s published, send a copy to the Indian Embassy nearest you.

Dear Editor:

Today some of the poorest people on earth, sick, living on the edge of starvation, illiterate, without funds, powerful friends or political influence, are demanding what many of us take for granted: unpoisoned water. Medical care, rehabilitation and social support. Justice for those who stole their health, their dreams, and the lives of their loved ones.

More than 20,000 were killed and 150,000 severely injured by a devastating chemical leak at a Union Carbide plant in 1984; since then the survivors have lived daily with the legacy of chemical terror.

They are in Delhi now after marching 500 miles on foot - a five-week journey through the blistering heat of central India - to ask this of their government. So long as it refuses to listen, the Bhopalis - gassed by Carbide, poisoned by contaminated water, weakened by their grueling march - have pledged to starve themselves to death.

They need our support. Please call your nearest embassy or consulate and ask them to agree to the survivors’ demands, or send a FREE FAX to the Indian Government at http://www.boston4bhopal.org/write_fax.htm. With our help, the justice that has been so long delayed in Bhopal cannot be denied.

Sincerely,

..........• Use this M2D Media Kit (doc) and this draft op-ed! (doc)
..........• If there’s a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) newspaper in your community, ask them to cover the march! Media inquiries can be directed to Aquene Freechild at 617-524-6018.

Submit your Letter to the Editor...

editbombay@hindustantimes.com
editor@expressindia.com
toieditorial@timesgroup.com
asianage@vsnl.com
decnet@blr.vsnl.net.in
editor@the-week.com
editor@gujaratsamachar.com
letters-bombay@express2.indexp.co.in
outlook@outlookindia.com
observer@bom3.vsnl.net.in
thestatesman@vsnl.com
starmail@vsnl.com
editor@tribuneindia.com
htedo@giasdl01.vsnl.net.in
pioneer@del2.vsnl.net.in
uni_editorial@hotmail.com
expressindiaweek@aol.com
ttedit@abpmail.com
editor@deccanherald.co.in
letters@thehindu.co.in
frontline@thehindu.co.in

Are you a member of an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) organization, or do you know someone who is? Ask them to issue a formal statement in support of the March to Delhi and the Bhopalis’ demands, and send it to the Indian embassy or consulate nearest you.

..........Contact Sudarshan if your organization would like to sign on!

Raise awareness. Tell people about the march and why it’s important:
..........• Circulate updates about the march on progressive and interested listserves and ask people to take action.
..........• Organize documentary screenings or other educational events and ask people to take action.
..........• Reach people by distributing awareness material outside popular Indian shops and restaurants, and ask people to take action.
No matter what you do, don’t forget to ask people to take action!

Donate. While we rely heavily on donated time and services there are some expenses, like phone calls and internet access, which cannot be avoided. You can donate online here.

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The March

See pictures from the 2006 march!

Several dozen Bhopal survivors began their second march to New Delhi in two years on February 20, 2008, demanding justice and a life of dignity for those affected by the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster and those poisoned since by ground water contaminated with Carbide chemicals. The march is being led by four Bhopal-based survivor and advocacy organizations: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action, and Bhopal ki Aawaaz. Lasting about 700 km, the marchers are covering about 30 kms every day, and are completely dependent on local communities for food and shelter.

The Bhopal marchers expect to reach New Delhi in the last week of March when they have sought a meeting with the Prime Minister. The marchers have a two demands to present to the Prime Minister; depending on the response of the central government the marchers may decide to go on an indefinite fast to press their demands.

New Delhi-based supporters of the Bhopal survivors will convey the demands of the marchers to the Central government on a daily basis. Nationwide, supporters of the Bhopal campaign will organize rallies, meetings and signature campaigns in solidarity with the Delhi Padyatra. International supporters in the USA, Europe, Japan and other countries will participate in fax actions and demonstrations before Indian embassies abroad.

The route for the Delhi Padyatra has been chalked out with a view to making connections with other pollution-impacted communities along the way. The marchers will organize poster exhibitions, film screenings and public meetings to make people aware of the need for justice in Bhopal for prevention of corporate crime everywhere.

This march is the biggest and most important action ever organized by the Bhopal campaign, but it won’t be successful without your support.

Learn more about what you can do!
Watch this video about the first leg of their march.
Read the latest news on bhopal.net!
Read more about the victories we’ve already won


23 Years is Enough! March to Delhi for Justice and a Life with Dignity

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The Demands

The 2008 March to Delhi is seeking two primary demands, with several components:

Set up a Special Commission on Bhopal for provision of...
..........a) Medical care, research and monitoring
..........b) Social and Economic Rehabilitation
..........c) Environmental remediation
..........d) safe drinking water
...to the people affected by Union Carbide's poisons and their children for the next 30 years. The Bhopal Commission must have survivors' representatives and the necessary funds and authority to carry out its tasks.

Take legal action against Dow
..........a) Pursue the Ministry of Chemicals' application in MP High Court: seeking money for toxic clean up in Bhopal from Dow Chemical
..........b) Move for extradition of Warren Anderson and the authorized representative of Union Carbide Corporation.
..........c) Revoke approval given to Reliance for purchase of Union Carbide's Unipol technology which is intellectual property that should be confiscated because the corporation is absconding since 1992.
..........d) Cancel registration for all four pesticides, including Dursban, obtained by bribing Agriculture Ministry officials as established by Securities & Exchange Commission, USA.

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The Route

The March to Delhi will take the Bhopalis through five different states, visiting several other pollution impacted communities along the way. The complete route may vary between 750 and 900 km, and may take the Bhopalis as long as five weeks to complete on foot.

Day
State
Start
End
kms
1
MP
Bhopal
Ethkhedi
15
2
MP
Ethkhedi
Berasia
23
3
MP
Berasia
Nazirabad
20
4
MP
Nazirabad
??
40
5
MP
??
Maksudangarh
6
MP
Maksudangarh
Janjali
25
7
MP
Janjali
Gaail
25
8
MP
Gaail
Guna
15
9
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN GUNA
10
MP
Guna
Miana
28
11
MP
Miana
Lukwasa
32
12
MP
Lukwasa
Shivpuri
36
13
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN SHIVPURI
14
MP
Shivpuri
Dohlagarh
35
15
MP
Dohlagarh
Mohana
25
16
MP
Mohana
Ghatigoan
18
17
MP
Ghatigoan
Gwalior
32
18
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN GWALIOR
19
MP
Gwalior
Morena
36
20
MP/Raj.
Morena
Dhaulpur
26
21
Raj./UP
Dhaulpur
Jagau
21
22
UP
Jagau
Agra
29
23
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN AGRA
24
UP
Agra
Farah
28
25
UP
Farah
Mathura
25
26
UP
Mathura
Chhata
31
27
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN MATHURA
28
UP
Chhata
Hodal
24
29
UP
Hodal
Palwal
29
30
UP
Palwal
Ballabgarh
28
31
UP/Har.
Ballabgarh
Faridabad
12
32
BREAK & PRESS CONFERENCE IN FARIDABAD
33
Har./Del
Faridabad
Nizamudin
30
34
Delhi
Nizamudin
Jantar Mantar
15
TOTAL KILOMETERS (Bhopal-Delhi)
725.5

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Posters & Graphics

From the 2006 padyatra:

More Bhopal posters & graphics are available here.

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Resources

Resources on the March:

..........• Updates from the march at bhopal.net!
..........Fact sheets about the March to Delhi!
..........M2D Media Kit! (doc)
..........• Use this draft op-ed! (doc)
..........• Use these M2D Action Cards! (doc)
..........• Use these M2D half sheet flyers! (doc)
..........Additional M2D flyers you can use (doc)
..........• March demands
..........• The 1989 long walk of the Bhopali women

And a few other Bhopal resources:

..........Handouts and fact sheets about Bhopal
..........Draft advertising poster
..........• Draft Bhopal Quartersheets: One & Two
..........• We have many education & action resources available. Make a request!
..........• Looking for more action & event ideas?
..........Need a cheap phone card?
..........Survivor testimonials
..........Bhopal poetry
..........Partial list of dead & injured
..........List of Bhopal slogans
..........Understand your rights
..........Draft Media Advisory/Press Release

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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

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