12.03.2004

Bhopal: The Search For Justice

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Date/Time: 03/12/2004 12:00 am


BHOPAL: THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy – Dec. 2-3, 1984
20,000 KILLED
120,000 SEVERELY AFFECTED
20 Years Later – Dec. 3, 2004 – Global Day of Action
for Bhopal
WHAT: Join us for a free screening of the new
documentary Bhopal: The Search for Justice to
commemorate 20 years in the struggle for justice in
Bhopal, India. After the screening we will have a Q &
A with writer and producer Harold Crooks. We will
conclude the evening with a call for individuals and
organizations to mobilize for further NYC based
actions, in solidarity with the international campaign
led by Bhopal survivors.
WHEN: THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 3rd, 7:00 PM, screening
with discussion to follow
WHERE: New York Univeristy, Room 802 in the Silver
Center, 100 Washington Square East (at corner of
Waverly and Washington Place)
WHY: On the night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 1984, a Union
Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons
of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. None of the six
safety systems designed to contain such a leak were
operational, allowing the gas to spread throughout the
city of Bhopal. Half a million people were exposed to
the gas and 20,000 have died to date as a result of
their exposure. More than 120,000 people still suffer
from ailments caused by the accident and the
subsequent pollution at the plant site. These ailments
include blindness, extreme difficulty in breathing,
and gynecological disorders. The site has never been
properly cleaned up and it continues to poison the
residents of Bhopal. In 1999, local groundwater and
well water testing near the site of the accident
revealed mercury at levels between 20,000 and 6
million times those expected. Cancer and brain-damage-
and birth-defect-causing chemicals were found in the
water; trichloroethene, a chemical that has been shown
to impair fetal development, was found at levels 50
times higher than EPA safety limits. Testing published
in a 2002 report revealed poisons such as 1,3,5
trichlorobenzene, dichloromethane, chloroform, lead
and mercury in the breast milk of nursing women. In
2001, Michigan-based chemical corporation Dow Chemical
purchased Union Carbide, thereby acquiring its assets
and liabilities. However Dow Chemical has steadfastly
refused to clean up the site, provide safe drinking
water, compensate the victims, or disclose the
composition of the gas leak, information that doctors
could use to properly treat the victims. Twenty years
later, Bhopal survivors are at the forefront of the
struggle for human rights, environmental justice, and
corporate accountability.
WHO: This event is co-sponsored by Students for
Justice in Bhopal, the International Campaign for
Justice in Bhopal (ICJB), AID-NY, INSAF, the
Asian/Pacific/American Program at NYU, and United
Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) NYU.
for information contact Varsha Mathrani –
raincountry0@yahoo.com or
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