September 2014 – LowDOWn Newsletter

Brought to you by:
The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, North America


  1. Hot Off The Press

US Judge rules in favor of The Union Carbide Corporation

Dow Clean Up Bhopal NowAs has been done on several previous occasions, Judge Keenan of the Southern District of New York recently ruled in favour of The Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical) on the issue of ongoing soil and groundwater contamination. This is despite evidence,  presented by the survivors’ US-based legal defense (EarthRights International, Sharma & Deyoung LLP, and the Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko), proving that the Union Carbide Corporation played a central role in designing and maintaining their Bhopal plant.

This decision will be appealed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which has previously reversed several of Keenan’s prior dismissals of cases against The Union Carbide Corporation.

For more information on the ongoing legal struggle:

Blog by Marco Simons, the Legal Director of EarthRights International

Blog by Pesticide Action Network North America

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Protest at Dow Chemical’s Washington D.C. Office

On June 24th, 2014, Amnesty International organized a protest outside Dow Chemical’s office in Washington D.C.  Amnesty International and ICJB demands that Dow accept the summons issued by the Bhopal District Court, to explain why it has not yet presented its wholly owned subsidiary, The Union Carbide Corporation.

For more information, see Amnesty International’s Press Release

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UN Campaign Update

On June 26th, 2014, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to develop an international, legally binding mechanism to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights abuses worldwide. We welcome this very important step forward in corporate accountability.

Judy Hatcher, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network North America, commented, “From Bhopal to West Virginia, ordinary people around the world have been suffering the human health, environmental safety, and livelihood impacts of unchecked corporate misconduct. It is time we hold transnational corporations such as Monsanto, Syngenta, and Dow Chemical accountable for human rights violations.”

Women's Protest Bhopal Giles

Photo Credit: Giles Clarke, Reportage by Getty
http://www.gilesnclarke.com/

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Adbusters’ KillCap – The Dirty Dozen

Thanks to you all, Dow Chemical is now #1 on the Adbusters’ Dirty Dozen Corporations list! Thank you for helping us show Dow that we see through their greenwashing.

Adbusters Killcap Screenshot

  1. Petition

Justice at 30Please take a minute to ask the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers: Mr. Ananth Kumar to:

  1. Revise the figures of death and extent of injuries caused by the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal
  2. Move for the urgent hearing of the curative petition in the Supreme Court after this revision

Do sign this petition, share the link, forward to your email lists, and publicize on social media, click here.

  1. Hiring Update – Thank You!

A huge thanks to everyone who gave to the Indiegogo campaign to hire a contractor to help finish up the Bhopal.net project. With your support, we raised more than $6,000 and have hired two people to work who are busily working on the site.  Stay tuned for our new and improved website!

  1. Call for Art Submissions related to theme: “We All Live in Bhopal”

All over the world, individuals are fighting battles against corporate evasion of responsibility and prioritization of profit over human and environmental safety. We would like to hear your stories expressed through your art. What and where is your Bhopal? Please feel free to understand and realize our theme however it inspires you. Your art can include 2D: Photography, Paintings, Drawings, Protest Signs; or Media: Animation, Video, Short Films; or Performance Art: Dance, Theatrical Skits, Comedy, Puppetry, Songs, Musical Recordings, Poetry, Writing, and Stories.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to October 1st!

Pieces will be showcased at “We All Live in Bhopal: Commemorating 30 years of the Carbide disaster” taking place in Berkeley, California from December 2nd – 7th, 2014.

Organizers will respond by October 15. Art must arrive in San Francisco by November 1. If your art is selected, visual art will be exhibited from Dec 1-8 and performance will take place the evening of Saturday, December 6th. Submissions should be sent to WALIBhopal1984 (at) gmail (dot) com.

For more information please visit http://beyondholistic.org/walib/

If you’d like to volunteer at this event, please contact WALIBhopal1984 (at) gmail (dot) com, with “Volunteer” in the subject line.

Bhopal mural

  1. Take Action

Bhopal.net needs your help! In the run up to the 30th anniversary, we’re looking for volunteers to help organize old posts so the site is more accessible. Volunteers will make all the difference in making our website shine! All you’ll need is a computer and a steady internet connection. Can you spare just 1 or 2 hours a week to help out? Email the website content manager Adriane at adriane DOT raffcorwin AT gmail DOT com and she’ll get you started right away!

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