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#BhopalFacing30 – book coming soon.

Oct 23 2014 by

Francesca Moore’s excellent #BhopalFacing30 photography project is soon to be launched in book form. News will follow, when the book is released, but to find out more about the book and all of the various events and exhibitions surrounding the project, please visit Francesca’s blog: #BhopalFacing30

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Assist Bhopal- Fundraising Dinner in Milwaukee.

Oct 22 2014 by

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Megan with some of the children at Chingari

Megan Dogra (seen above, in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture) is hosting a fundraising dinner on December 3rd to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster.

It will be at the Bollywood Grill, on North Jackson Street, Milwaukee and you can find further details on Megan’s ‘Assist Bhopal’ events page. For anybody near to Milwaukee, please consider coming along to this event where you’ll have the chance to enjoy yourself, in support of a good cause, and have the opportunity to meet a remarkable young lady putting an awful lot of effort in to raise funds for those much less fortunate.

Megan’s Fundraising Dinner, Click Here

 

 

 

 

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Timeline Toward: 30th Anniversary, Bhopal Disaster. 2nd & 3rd December 2014

Oct 20 2014 by

 Timeline Toward: 30th Anniversary, Bhopal Disaster. 2nd & 3rd December 2014

This timeline includes significant events involving the survivors’ organizations in Bhopal, and the Bhopal Medical Appeal, along with significant others.

The timeline also includes significant events around the release of ‘A Prayer for Rain’ a Bhopal Disaster feature film about to be released in the US & India. The film stars: Martin Sheen, Kai Penn and Mischa Barton.

The Bhopal survivors organizations, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, and the Bhopal Medical Appeal are all endorsing the film, on the basis that it represents a fair portrayal of the main facts of the disaster story, and hope that it will bring these facts to a new, much wider audience.

Other important announcements will be made as time moves on toward the anniversary date.

August 31st- October 26th

Bhopal’s Second Disaster photo exhibition by Alex Masi

Noordelicht PhotoFestival, the Netherlands.

September 18th – 4th December

Survivors’ Organisations announce beginning of direct action campaign leading up to the 30th anniversary date.

October 3rd-November 30th

Bhopal’s Second Disaster photo exhibition by Alex Masi

Singapore International Photography Festival

October 29th – November 23rd

Bhopal’s Second Disaster photo exhibition by Alex Masi

Zoom Photo Festival, Saguenay, Canada.

November 5th

Prayer for Rain Celebrity screening, NYC (with Martin Sheen).

 

November 6th

Prayer for Rain Celebrity screening, NYC.

 

November 7th

Prayer for Rain Opening, (official world premiere) NYC, The Village East Theatre.

November 12th

Criminal Case Hearing, Bhopal Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court

 

Dow’s wholly owned subsidiary Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) is wanted on CRIMINAL charges of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ and is a ‘proclaimed absconder’ from Indian justice. Dow has total control of UCC but has not produced UCC in court.

A summons has been issued to Dow requiring it attend court on November 12. Dow will be required to explain why UCC has repeatedly ignored court summons in the ongoing criminal case.

Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Director for Global Issues, recently said: “The time has come for Dow to appear in an Indian court and account for the failure of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Union Carbide, to respond to the criminal charges against it.”

November 13th – 23rd

Prayer for Rain Screenings, St Louise International Film Festival.

2 screenings (Dates TBC)

November 14th

Prayer for Rain Opening, Los Angeles (with Martin Sheen).

November 15th  (TBC) – indefinite

Bhopal Survivors Fast

Survivors of Bhopal Disaster will embark on an indefinite fast demanding that Central Government pursue the ‘curative petition’ that seeks to redress the ‘gross inadequacy’ (Indian Govt’ official position) of the 1989 settlement.

November 17th- December 17th

#BhopalFacing30 Photo exhibition, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, Shoreditch, London.

November 19th

Book Launch #BhopalFacing30 Housman’s Radical Bookshop, London.

Launch of book with speakers: Francesca Moore (authour), Colin Toogood (Bhopal Medical Appeal).

November 21st

Gala Event with London Assembly Member Navin Shah, ‘London Living Room’, City Hall.

Plus launch of City Hall showing of #BhopalFacing30 (showing Nov 21-28)

Speakers from Amnesty International (plus other high profile speakers TBC)

November 26th- December 7th

Conference plus Raghu Rai photo exhibition, The Tetley, Leeds

The Reframing Disaster exhibition and conference focuses on the politics of remembering, commemorating and supporting the long-term recovery in relation to global disasters. The exhibition at The Tetley will present the work of world-renowned Magnum photographer Raghu Rai, the first to document the Bhopal disaster in 1984.

November 28th

Music for Bhopal 30th Anniversary Concert

Brighton Unitarian Church. An evening of traditional Indian music and classical pieces. Highlights include: Akash Indian Flute and Tabla Duo, plus a piano recital and other yet to be confirmed acts.30 November – 1st December 11:00 – 21:00

Mela of the alternatives

Iqbal Maidan, Bhopal

 

Indian and international groups showcase models of socially just and environmentally sustainable alternatives to current practices and systems.1st December 18:00

Drum Out Dow

 

A ritual condemnation and visual humiliation of Dow Chemical tapping in to the spirit of the rich tradition of performance protests, for which the Bhopal campaign is well-known, with a gathering of ‘traditional’ Indian drummers.

1st December 18:30 – 20:30

Globalisation Series Lecture with Dr.Vandana Shiva & Ravi Rajan

Brunei Theatre, SOAS London

 

Bhopal Medical Appeal to host major lecture- simulcast to international universities: GLOBALIZATION SINCE BHOPAL:

THREE DECADES OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

 

Featuring VANDANA SHIVA a leading member of the International Forum on Globalisation and prominent figure of the alter-globalisation movement & RAVI RAJAN associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California.

 

In commemoration of the Bhopal Disaster, with this symposium our speakers reflect back on the decades since that tragic night and ask what lessons have been learned. Did the disaster entrench the inequalities inherent in exporting a risky and hazardous technology in to a developing country, or have regulatory advances since 1984 produced a safer and more equitable world?

Have the humanitarian, legal, and scientific institutions that were so inadequate to respond to Bhopal become more sophisticated with time, or has the legacy of Bhopal become a dangerous precedent for globalized corporate impunity?

December 1st- 7th

Prayer for Rain, INDIA release

 

Bhopal, Open Air Screening for Bhopal Disaster survivors (with Martin Sheen) on December 3rd with concert from Canadian band AutoRickshaw

 

Mumbai, Screening/ Premier  (with Martin Sheen).

 

New Delhi, Screening/ Gala Event/ Charity Auction paintings  (with Martin Sheen).

December 1st- 7th

Trades Union Deputation to Bhopal

 

Representatives of various UK trades unions will be visiting Bhopal for a programme of commemorative and relationship building events. Including:

 

Meetings with representatives of survivors’ organisations; visit to the remains of the Union Carbide factory; meeting with former workers Union Carbide factory workers; visits to neighbourhood communities including those affected by the contaminated water; visits to our two, innovative centres which were established by disaster survivors and funded by the Bhopal Medical Appeal (Chingari Trust children’s rehabilitation centre; and Sambhavna Trust health care clinic); meeting in New Delhi with leaders of India’s central trades union congresses (INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, IFTU) and those of the New Trade Union Initiatives in India (NTUI);

 

International Trades Union Solidarity Event- 2nd December 16:00- 17:00

A joint statement will be released for the 30th anniversary of the disaster.

 

Current delegates include representatives from Unison, Unite, CWU, Community, UCU, STUC disabled workers committee, Edinburgh TUC and Hazards campaign

December 2nd 11:00 – 16:00

National Solidarity Meet

Iqbal Maidan, Bhopal

 

Various other organizations will be in attendance including Amnesty International, Rotary Peace Fellows, others TBC

December 2nd 16:00- 17:00

International Trades Union Solidarity Event

 

A joint statement will be released for the 30th anniversary of the disaster.

December 2nd 17:00 – 18:00

Festival of street theatre and music

Iqbal Maiden, Bhopal

December 2nd 18:30 – 22:00

Torchlight parade & homage to the dead.

Iqbal Maiden to Union Carbide factory

December 3rd 12:00 – 15:30

30th anniversary Rally & Public Meeting

With the traditional, and spectacular, burning of giant effigies.

Bharat Talkies Crossing to Union Carbide Factory

December 3rd 18:00 – 22:00

Open Air Screening for Bhopal Disaster survivors (with Martin Sheen). Concert from Canadian band AutoRickshaw. Venue TBC

December 4th

International Action TBA

 

 

 

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Black workers’ conference of Scottish TUC passes motion in support of Bhopal struggles

Oct 13 2014 by

On the 6th October the Black Workers’ Conference of the Scottish trade union congress unanimously passed a motion in support of the Bhopalis’ struggles

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Bhopal Disaster 30 Years On
“That this Conference notes the forthcoming anniversary of 30 years since the catastrophic Bhopal disaster, still considered the world’s worst industrial accident with 20,000 deaths, 500,000 injured and approximately 150,000 still struggling with serious medical conditions.
“The owner of the plant at the time of the leaks was Union Carbide and is now Dow Chemicals. Dow has inherited liability, but never paid appropriate compensation. The environmental impact continues to devastate communities, health and livelihoods within a large impoverished area.
“In December 2014, a delegation of Scottish trade unionists will visit Bhopal. Their invitation comes in recognition of the support Scotland has given to Bhopal Medical Appeal, which continues to run free health clinics for all the victims of the toxic exposure and contamination.
“Conference congratulates the Scottish Friends of Bhopal and agrees to send a message of solidarity to the December events, as well as encourage all affiliates to support the Bhopal Medical Appeal.”

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Bhopal’s Second Disaster at Zoom Photo Festival

Oct 10 2014 by

Alex Masi’s outstanding photo project ‘Bhopal’s Second Disaster’ goes from strength to strength with the announcement of yet another award and exhibition. Alex’s work wins the ‘Man and the Environment’ award and will be shown at the ZOOM Photo Festival in Saguenay, Canada. The exhibition will run from the 29th October to the 23rd November.

Zoom Photo Festival CLICK here

We send Alex our congratulations for this latest award.

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Reframing Disaster, 26 November- 7 December, Leeds

Oct 9 2014 by

Reframing Disaster, 26 November- 7 December, Leeds

As a part of the ‘Representing Postcolonial Disaster’ research project, Leeds University will be hosting a number of interesting events examining the representation of various disasters commemorating significant anniversaries this year- including the Bhopal Disaster.

Amongst these will be an exhibition of Raghu Rai’s famous Bhopal work, which will be shown at the Tetley Gallery, along with other events- including a two-day conference on the 28th- 29th November, a special event in partnership with the University of Leeds including dance, talks, readings and interviews.

Reframing Disaster- Raghu Rai photo Exhibition

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Post-colonial Disaster Conference

“2014 is a significant year for commemorating and thinking through the legacies of major global catastrophes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Disaster in India, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, and the 10th anniversary of the South Asian tsunami. While much attention is being paid to the centenary of World War I, we would like to counterpoint this by considering the politics of remembering, commemorating, and supporting long-term recovery in relation to a range of compound catastrophes that have deep colonial roots. Given that Bhopal, Rwanda, and the Tsunami have all generated significant media interest alongside diverse forms of creative response (from art to social activism), this conference will explore how these and other postcolonial disasters have been defined and represented following the initial event. It will examine the particular challenges posed by different forms of disaster (industrial, environmental, social), and connect these with aid and reconstruction work across multiple sectors.

“The conference is connected to an AHRC-funded research project led by Dr Anthony Carrigan, entitled ‘Representing Postcolonial Disaster’, and will be part of a week-long series of activities designed to coincide directly with the Bhopal disaster’s 30th anniversary on 2–3 December, and with the South Asian tsunami’s 10th anniversary later that month. The overall event has been planned in collaboration with the Bhopal Medical Appeal and local community groups, and will be inclusive and public-facing, with film screenings, school workshops, and exhibitions being staged throughout the week with the core aim of stimulating public visibility and discussion. It will include an exhibition by world-renowned Indian photographer Raghu Rai (the first photographer to document the Bhopal disaster), to be held at the Tetley Gallery (http://thetetley.org/), along with contributions from writers, artists, filmmakers, publishers, and charity representatives who have worked to publicise and support recovery efforts in relation to these disasters.

“The conference will be self-consciously public-facing,  speaking across diverse sectors and audiences, featuring presentations from a range of disciplines and stakeholders with a particular focus on: issues of political and artistic representation (including novels, poetry, films, popular culture, and visual art); colonialism and disaster; the politics of remembering, commemorating, and forgetting; the geopolitics of aid; and social activism and remediation. Possible topics include:

  • Historical and contemporary responses to postcolonial disasters in art and media;
  • The challenges of recovery, reconstruction, remediation, and justice;
  • Local, ethnographic, and diasporic perspectives on disasters;
  • Bhopal, Rwanda, and the South Asian Tsunami in comparative frame, including relationships with other forms of postcolonial disaster;
  • Charity and humanitarian perspectives and critiques;
  • State responsibilities and global justice campaigns;
  • Defining postcolonial disaster, including complex emergencies, chronic catastrophes (e.g. underdevelopment and systemic poverty), and slow violence.”

 

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B’eauPal featured in the ‘Museum of Water’.

Sep 24 2014 by

 

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Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. Accumulated over two years by artist Amy Sharrock, in different sites worldwide, Museum of Water is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

“In a time of relative plenty in Britain, we are gathering a collection of water for future generations to consider. Clean water is more and more difficult to access across the world: will people look back at our current profligacy with horror and amazement…will the notions of fountains, swimming pools and baths become as archaic as the Broad St Pump now seems? We need to hold on to it, consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might save it for the future.”

In a 2006 speech to the UN Andrew Liveris (Chairman and CEO of Dow) said: “Water is the single most important chemical compound for the preservation and flourishing of human life…  “And yet today, more than a billion people are in peril every day because they do not have enough water or the water they have is unhealthy. Lack of clean water is the single largest cause of disease in the world and more than 4,500 children die each day because of it.”

B’eauPal is a spoof mineral water brand conceived by the BMA and TheYesMen. It is intended to draw attention to the hypocrisy demonstrated by Dow Chemical with their willingess to make glib sounding statements, such as the above whilst, apparently, being happy to allow a water contamination disaster to continue in Bhopal with which it is connected.

B’eauPal Water CLICK HERE

Bhopal’s Second Disaster- Facts:

  • The groundwater aquifer in Bhopal, around the abandoned Union Carbide factory (site of 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster), is heavily contaminated with highly toxic chemicals.
  • This groundwater has been the only reliable drinking water source for tens of thousands of people for many of the years since the gas disaster. It remains the principle supply for an unknown number to this day.
  • The contamination is being caused by water leaching through toxic waste that was buried on the factory site and by leakage from solar evaporation ponds located just outside of the factory site.
  • The solar evaporation ponds are known to have been leaking years before the disaster (an internal Union Carbide memo from 1982 reveals this).
  • Union Carbide was aware of the environmental and groundwater contamination, after carrying out tests in the area, but chose to keep the findings of these tests secret.
  • The toxic contamination of the area only became public knowledge when Greenpeace tested the area and published a report, in 1999, labeling the area a ‘global toxic hotspot’.
  • The US courts accept that the water contamination is a separate issue from the gas disaster.
  • Dow Chemical, as current owner of Union Carbide, is responsible for the continuing contamination.

Is it any wonder that Dow Chemical has just been given the ethecon 2014 Black Planet Award?

Museum of Water- B’eauPal CLICK HERE

Dow Chemical’s Black Planet Award CLICK HERE

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