December 6, 2011
BHOPAL, INDIA - Condemning the violence triggered by precipitate police action on a peaceful rail roko staged by Bhopal victims on 3 December, five survivors organisations today said they will organise a detailed enquiry presided over by a retired judge of the High Court or Supreme Court. The enquiry is expected to help survivors in their attempts to gather evidence and initiate formal proceedings against those responsible for the violence, including the police. The survivors groups apologised to the media persons who were hurt, and said they will work towards ensuring that those responsible for the violence against media persons are identified and punished.
Calling the State Government's actions vindictive, the organisations laid the blame squarely on the police for the violence that ensued on 3 December. "The first act of the police was to snatch away our PA system through which we could have stopped protestors from responding to police brutalities through violence," said Rashida Bee, President, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh. Rashida said that she is an eye witness to the police instigating violence and creating a situation for criminal elements to join in.
Rashida introduced several women among the over 50 gas victims who were beaten with sticks and left bleeding while protesting peacefully. Even after peace was restored and the agitation called off, a large gang of policemen entered individual homes and shops in Umrao Dulha Baug area and beat up people, damaged furniture, doors, windows and vehicles.
The organisations appealed to all citizens who had recorded the violence on 3rd on their cameras and mobiles to send them the evidence for successful prosecution of police officials.
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December 6, 2011
Register for the 7th Annual North American Bhopal Conference!
Early Bird Registration: Register by September 21nd and the fee is $35 for professionals and $20 for students.
Registration Deadline: Everyone must register by October 10! After September 21, the fee is $50 for Professionals and $35 for students.
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What is this conference all about?
Our 7th Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bhopal Conference isn't just a ton of fun; it is also an opportunity for activists, allies, students, and supporters of the Bhopal campaign to meet, strategize, and discuss our plans for the year ahead. This year, the conference will be better than ever, with guest speakers, and in-depth conversations about improving our work.
June 7, 2011
GREENWASHING: false expressions of environmental concern especially as a cover for environmentally-unsound products, policies, or activities (adapted from Merriam Webster).
"Join 60 leading thinkers as they explore the future of water for our world today. Covering global systems and specific "megatrends," featuring personal stories from the frontlines as well as reflections on the human dimension of water, The Future of Water will examine how different fields, sectors, and stakeholders can meet the challenge of supplying a growing global population with clean and sustainable water." http://www.futurewecreate.com/
Sounds benign, even commendable, right? The so-called leaders asked to join the conference were in fact perpetrators of drinking water contamination and unjust privatization of water worldwide. Involved parties in the conference included Coke, BottledWaterWeb.com, and the infamous Dow Chemical. Surprisingly, Dow Chemical had contacted Anna Lappe, world-renowned author, public speaker and activist, with a request for a 60-second video for the virtual conference. Her response was more honest then the company would have hoped for, and obviously was rejected:
Read the full press release here.
Their attempts at greenwashing were met with opposition from individuals and organizations like Lappe's Small Planet Institute, Corporate Accountability International and the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (us!).
Where does the Bhopal Gas Disaster fit into this story? Dow acquired Union Carbide in 2002 and thereby acquired its assets and liabilities. You can read more on the legal background of Dow's liability. By refusing to clean up in Bhopal, and allowing water and soil contamination to seep deeper into an aquifer, Dow is committing crimes against humanity.
As for the Future We Create conference, the "personal stories from the frontlines" it advertises should sound more like young Bhopali Amir's story. "The Human dimension of water" in reality looks more like these picture I took at the eerie Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal this past February, where it continues to leak its water toxins:
Don't let these greenwashing attempts go unnoticed. To take action, tweet something clever @Futureswecreate or post something on its Facebook page. Check out Justice4Bhopal's twitter account for ideas.