During September, and coinciding with the Paralympics taking place in London, two of the prominent individuals of the Bhopal Survivors movement will be touring Britain and Ireland.
There will be various engagements in different parts of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and many of these will be open to the public. For those who are interested in hearing the Survivors speak or have anything to input to the tour then please contact us at [email protected]. Some of the exact details are still to be confirmed but the tour will run as follows:
31st Aug- 2nd September, National Hazards Conference Keele. Bhopalis as keynote speakers plus workshop.
3rd September, Corby. Visit the former Corby Steelworks.
4th- 8th September, London. Including:
4th (afternoon), UNISON, Public Meeting, Walthamstow.
4th (evening), Bhopal Survivor’s Meeting with the ‘Justice fro Bhopal Survivors’ community group, Park Royal.
5th-7th, various meetings with politicians in Parliament and in the London Assembly.
6th, radio interview with NuSound Radio in Newham (Olympic borough with high Asian/ Indian population).
7th- 9th September, Bristol. Green Party of England and Wales Conference.
10th- 13th September, Bradford/ Yorkshire. Including:
11th, Visit Leeds Friends of the Earth, evening public meeting and performance at Kala Sangam, with specialist consultants from Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Wed 12th, Meet the Lord Mayor of Bradford at Bradford City Hall. Visit the Bhopal Memorial Tree at Mogul Gardens, Lister Park. Visit Salts Mill in Saltaire
Thur 13th, Swop artefacts, visit the Peace Museum.
14th- 19th September, Scotland. Including:
14th, 7pm, public meeting Augustine United Church halls, Edinburgh.
Details from Ingrid Neill, Scottish Friends of Bhopal [email protected]
15th, 2pm, activists’ meeting with Environmental Justice Forum in Edinburgh (communities tackling environmental injustices). Details from Ingrid Neill, Scottish Friends of Bhopal [email protected]
16th, Faslane Nuclear Weapons Base ‘Rise Up Singing’ protest [email protected]
17th, Meeting with Scottish Trades Union Congress workplace campaigners Glasgow. Visit pollution impacted communities in West (Greengairs, Motherwell, Clydebank)
18th, Scottish Parliament cross party group on international development. Visit Scottish religious leaders tbc
18th, 8.30pm, Dinner and opportunity to meet and talk with Bhopal survivors. Namaste Kathmandu Restaurant. 17-19 Forrest Road, Edinburgh. 8.30pm. Availability for 20 to attend. Please RSVP top [email protected]
19th, Visit to Dundee, TBC.
20th- 23rd September, Liverpool/ Manchester. Including:
Visit Greater Manchester Hazards centre
University vent with students and academics.
Meetings with PCS, Unison, RMT, Institute of Employment Rights
Screening of Bhopali feature film.
All details TBC.
24th September- 3rd October, Ireland & Nortern Ireland. Including:
Dublin Seomra Spraoi autonomous centre
Dublin meeting with TDs
Visit Belfast Northern Ireland Assembly, meet with representatives
Rossport, meeting with Shell campaigners.
All details TBC.
ABOUT THE SURVIVORS
Safreen is the nineteen year old daughter of gas exposed parents, who has grown up in a community close to the Union Carbide factory and exposed to the water contaminated with chemicals left abandoned there. She is a founder member of Children Against Dow-Carbide, which was formed in 2008 by young generation survivors to sustain the campaign against Dow and the ongoing disaster.
Balkrishna Namdev organised street traders and pensioners before the gas disaster and after exposure to the gas he became leader of the Gas Affected Destitute Pensioners’ Front which campaigns on behalf of the most vulnerable of gas affected Bhopalis. He is a member of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.