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Mat & Dom complete Robin Hood Marathon for the BMA!

Sep 29 2014 by

The world of running may have recently been shocked and delighted by Denis Kimeto’s recent world record Marathon time in Berlin, but more imporantly for the BMA a huge congratulations has to be made to Mat Homewood and Dom Osman-Allu who, on Sunday the 28th September 2014,  ran the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham to raise funds for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

Both Mat and Dom, members of the Lewes Athletic Club, have been keen runners for the BMA over the years. Mat has notched up four Brighton Marathons already and both him and Dom plan to run in the 2015 Brighton Marathon on the 15th April.

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Mat and Dom

Completing the Robin Hood runs holds special significance for Mat who, in February of this year, half way into training for his 5th consecutive Brighton Marathon, was falsely diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome (Sudden Death Syndrome) and was told he could never run again. 2 months later he was given the all clear and him and Dom set out to run the in Nottingham.

Mat and Dom have done a great job with their fundraising, and reached their target before the day of the race. Their JustGiving page is still open and if you would like to donate please click here. It’s never too late to donate!

From everyone at the BMA, we’d like to send a huge congratulations to both runners and a big thank you to them for choosing to support the Bhopal Medical Appeal. We wish them luck in their future challenges!

If you are interested in running for charity and would like to help raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal please get in contact with us here or call us at 01273 603278. We currently have places in the 2015 Brighton Half Marathon, 2015 Brighton Marathon and the 2015 British London 10km.

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30th Anniversary ‘Music for Bhopal’ Concert

Sep 26 2014 by

Friday 28th November 2014 at 7.30pm
Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF 

The Bhopal Medical Appeal will be holding their annual evening of music to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster.

Thousands were killed or injured on the night of 2/3 December 1984, when a cloud of toxic gas escaped Union Carbide India Limited’s pesticide plant. The struggle for health and justice goes on.

The concert, which will be held in the elegant surroundings of Brighton Unitarian Church, will feature an enjoyable blend of traditional Indian music and classical pieces. Highlights will include: Akash Indian Flute and Tabla Duo, plus a piano recital by Georg Michael Grau. We will also be showing a film of the Maria Fidelis Catholic School Gospel Choir performing their song for Bhopal, Breathe Fire.

Wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available during the interval (contributions to the cost much appreciated).

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Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concessions). Following last year’s sell-out concert, this promises to be a very popular event. If you would like to join us, please call us on 01273 603278 or email admin@bhopal.org to book tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door but we do advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing our supporters there.

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Sep 10 2014 by

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B.Dolan, Lucifer R.S.V.P

A strong, passionate rap, from B.Dolan, an American rapper, spoken word artist and activist from Providence, Rhode Island with some very interesting lyrical content about Union Carbide and erstwhile CEO Warren Anderson. As an activist, B. Dolan is known as a co-founder of Knowmore.org, a wiki devoted to connecting consumers with social responsibility information about corporations.

The track is FREE to download so please pass it on. You can hear it & download here: Lucifer R.S.V.P

The lyrics are below (includes some ‘bad language’)

I’m from the murder capital
Where we murder for capital.

Where the powerful stay silent
as thousands lay dying.

What kind of evil would let people drown in their lungs?
Bury their daughters and sons down in the mud?
Place the blame with the fortunate ones
The same who made a profit from agent orange
Sprayed Vietnam with napalm
Mutations for generations in the places they bomb
But escape to the states to evade law
Like December 3, 1984
40 tons of lethal gas leak from a factory in Bhopal
Safety catches turned off by the company boss
More than 20,000 dead and negligence was the cause
and 100,000 more were injured and stillborn
and the rat fuck to blame for it all
ain’t never had a day in court.
Private jets take off
Arrive in the U.S.
Where they send in a bomb threat if you harbor a ‘terrorist’
Body count of Bin Laden times ten
Got a million dollars house in the fucking Hamptons…

And his name is Warren Anderson…
929 Ocean Ave.
Bridgehampton NY 11716

When the doctors on the ground
Who were treating the sick
Needed to know from the CEO
the composition
of chemicals that choked victims in their hospital beds,
they begged for Mr. Anderson to put a stop to the death
He was response-able but not non-responsive
didn’t choose to save people.
Lucifer knew the truth but he called it a trade secret
Flew the coop,
Touched glue,
Paid off the bail easy.
Supposed to be in hiding but thanks to the DMV
the location of a snakeden is still public information
got with any car registration
so you ain’t hard to reach…
Run and tell the State Department “No justice no peace!”
For the Butcher of Bhopal and all killer companies
R.S.V.P.
for the cocktail party.

Send your R.S.V.P. to:
111 S. Catalina Ct.
Vero Beach, FL 32963

Calling all cars, calling all cars…
This is an APB: mass murderer at large…
Be on the lookout for a black cadillac
with a white man inside
sitting on fat stacks.

Calling all cars, calling all cars…
This is an APB: mass murderer at large…
Give the dead rest,
Give victims the truth
or don’t get upset when chickens come home to roost.

This guys got a lot of houses…

4 Sound Shore Dr. #6
Greenwich, CT 06830

Mailing address:
6001 N. Highway A1A PMB 8091
Indian River Shores, FL 32963

Send him a love letter.

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Assist Bhopal says Megan Dogra

Sep 8 2014 by

Megan 72 484x321 Assist Bhopal says Megan Dogra bhopal medical appealA young student, from the US, recently visited the Chingari Rehabilitation Centre. She has been deeply moved by her experience and inspired to get involved. Please visit her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AssistBhopal Here is Megan’s story in her own words:   My name is Megan Dogra and I am a 10th grade student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As you may recall, the Bhopal gas leak was one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. On the morning of December 3, 1984, more than 40 tons of methyl isocyante (MIC) gas leaked from the Union Carbide India Limited plant, creating a dense cloud over a resident population of about 500,000 people. That night about 8000 people died due to the toxic gas inhalation and over time there were another 20,000 fatalities related to this disaster. The crisis isn’t over yet; today an estimated 200,000 people suffer from chronic illnesses as a result of this accident. The children being born to the victims of the gas disaster have an increased risk of congenital birth defects, physical malformations and mental disabilities. The toxic waste from the abandoned Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) still lies in the “Solar Evaporation Ponds” and continues to contaminate the ground water. The people who live in these communities are poor, illiterate and helpless. During my recent trip to Bhopal in March 2014, I had the opportunity to meet with some of the survivors of this horrific incident and hear the heart wrenching stories of their continued pain and suffering. I has been a very moving, a very life changing experience for me. I have produced a documentary Assist Bhopal, which has been selected to screen at the Milwaukee Film Festival 2014. This documentary is a window for the world to see the ongoing disaster in Bhopal. My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AssistBhopal I am doing fundraisers to help the second and third generation victims of the Bhopal gas leak. I am raising funds to help sustain a nutrition program, which provides these children with an afternoon meal at Chingari Rehabilitation Center, Bhopal, India. DSC2291 484x321 Assist Bhopal says Megan Dogra bhopal medical appeal

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Chingari celebrates Eid and Rakshabandhan

Aug 14 2014 by

Children at the Chingari Rehabilitation Centre in Bhopal celebrated Rakshabandhan and Eid last week, with members of their families and  staff at the clinic.

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Children celebrating Raksha Bandhan and Eid with their families and friends

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu Festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister like protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. Celebrations started with a small speech by Shankar, Shadab and Vidya (Community health workers) explaining the messages and significance of Raksha Bandhan and Eid to the children. This was followed by a small inspiring speech from Apa and Didi (Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla).

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Girls at Chingari tie Rakhi’s to boys wrists to symbolize their love and prayers

 

The girls at Chingari then tied Rakhi’s (sacred threads) onto the hands of boys, symbolizing a sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. Afterwards children and mothers hugged each other and greeted Eid. An open house dance followed where the children danced to some of their latest, favorite Bollywood songs.

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Children at Chingari dancing and celebrating Raksha Bandhan and Eid

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Mat & Dom’s Robin Hood Marathon 2014

Aug 14 2014 by

Mat and Dom from Lewes Athletic Club are running the Robin Hood Marathon at Nottingham on 28th September. They’re both raising money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal, having previously ran for the BMA in the Brighton Marathon for the last 3 years.

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Mat and Dom

Why Nottingham? Well, in February of this year, half way into training for his 5th consecutive Brighton Marathon, Mat was falsely diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome (Sudden Death Syndrome) and was told he could never run again. 2 months later he was given the all clear, but he had missed the Brighton Marathon. Knowing he was desperate to run a marathon this year, Dom said he would join him in an Autumn marathon. For Mat and Dom the Robin Hood Marathon looked like such a great race, so both signed up.

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Mat and Dom running in the 2010 Brighton Mararthon

RH Marathon Mat & Doms Robin Hood Marathon 2014 bhopal medical appealEveryone at the Bhopal Medical Appeal is hugely relieved for Mat and wishes the best of luck to him and Dom with their training. Hopefully we’ll see them back running in the Brighton Marathon some time soon.

If you would like to sponsor Mat and Dom you can do on their JustGiving page here.

If you are interested in running for charity and would like to help raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal please get in contact with us here or call us at 01273 603278. We currently have places in the 2015 Brighton Half Marathon, 2015 Brighton Marathon and the 2015 British London 10km.

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UCC Ownership- Briefing Paper

Aug 4 2014 by

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Dow Chemical Company’s Ownership of Union Carbide Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company continues to maintain, at the heart of its defence, that it is not responsible for the acts of its wholly owned subsidiary the Union Carbide Corporation.

Dow states that it is an entirely separate corporate entity to Union Carbide but that is not, of itself, a sufficient statement of law to divorce it from UCC’s legal liabilities. It is not possible to say, given that information, that “there is no justification for a claim being brought against Dow”.

A parent company may be held liable for the debts of its subsidiary in circumstances which vary between legal systems. But Dow has the legal power to control, and therefore the legal responsibility for, UCC’s current behaviour with regards to Bhopal.

 

This is because:

  • UCC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. UCC’s board of directors is appointed by Dow and Dow can, through its shareholding, exercise actual control over UCC. If Dow wishes UCC to take, or refrain from taking, any steps with regard to its business, Dow can in practice require UCC to take those steps.
  •  Dow’s relationship with UCC is much closer than a simple parent/subsidiary relationship: Dow manages all major aspects of UCC’s business: legal, accountancy, treasury, procurement, human resources, environmental, health and safety, management, etc. For all material purposes Dow runs UCC. This means that not only is Dow able to control UCC indirectly through its share ownership as a parent, it is able to control UCC directly because it manages all its business, including crucially its legal affairs. As a consequence, Dow cannot say that it is not responsible for UCC’s current behaviour when that behaviour is controlled, directly and indirectly, by Dow itself.
  • Dow elects every director to UCC’s board and the current Union Carbide CEO is a senior DOW management official.
  • Dow’s and UCC’s operations are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate the two. UCC’s submissions to the US Securities and Exchange Commission present its business as a “component” of Dow’s business. UCC’s business is fully integrated with Dow’s. In addition, UCC sells substantially all its products to Dow (and Dow sells UCC’s products under Dow’s name). This means that a distinction between the two companies exists only in terms of formal “corporate personality”. In commercial and reporting terms the two companies are one.
  • UCC’s behaviour actually benefits Dow in so far as not paying a debt enhances a subsidiary’s ability to pay dividends to its parent. Importantly, Dow has almost certainly procured that conduct (denying Bhopal liabilities) since it is responsible for legal and accountancy services for UCC. UCC has paid dividends to Dow since completion of the acquisition in 2001. From 2009-2011 these dividends amounted to $2200m. Dow has made the choice not to require these funds to be used to compensate Bhopal survivors or decontaminate the affected area.
  • Dow is wholly responsible for the current conduct of UCC, and for how UCC chooses to deal with the “issues outstanding in Bhopal, particularly in relation to the remediation of the site”. It follows that Dow is necessarily responsible for UCC’s refusal to give further compensation to the victims of the Bhopal disaster, and its refusal to pay for the environmental clean-up of the Bhopal site. To state that “these outstanding issues are not the responsibility of the Dow Chemical Company” is therefore incorrect.
  • Dow distances itself from UCC implying that it does not have a relationship with UCC but Dow provides UCC products and dealing with Dow is no guarantee that products supplied are not UCC products. Given the total convergence of Dow’s and UCC’s business, stockholders and management, there is no substantive difference between dealing with UCC and dealing with Dow. For all material purposes, including those relating to ethics and corporate responsibility, any suggested dichotomy between Dow and UCC is a false one.
  • If UCC refuses to compensate victims of the Bhopal disaster, pay for the environmental clean-up, or submit to the jurisdiction of the Indian Court in criminal proceedings, those are all decisions for which Dow has direct management control and therefore responsibility (further to point 2 above).
  • Dow is no less responsible for UCC’s conduct with regards to Bhopal than any other supplier would be with regards to a fully owned subsidiary found to be abusing human rights. For example, if UCC was found to be employing slave labour, then Dow, the supplier, as parent would rightly be held “responsible” for the acts of its subsidiary.

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