Call-In Day of Action for Bhopal

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal Demands Justice for the 1984 industrial disaster

As I mentioned earlier in the week, US President Barack Obama is in India.  At this very moment, he’s in New Delhi after a day in India’s financial center of Mumbai.  Now is the time to call the White House and tell them that you want justice for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak from a plant operated by a US based company now owned by Dow Chemical.

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB), a partner of AI’s efforts to seek redress for the victims of this awful gas leak, aims to get Bhopal on the agenda for Obama’s visit, so Bhopalis will be staging a day-long sit in, and ICJB is organizing an international solidarity call in action to support them.

AIUSA has been an integral part of the coalition for justice for the people of Bhopal.  In fact, just before Obama left for India, Amnesty International issued a letter to the White House saying in part that

“It is essential that your administration and the Government of India cooperate to ensure that  those accused of causing the Bhopal disaster, including UCC, are made to face trial, and that Bhopal survivors are able to obtain redress.”

Please join Amnesty International USA’s Corporate Action Network and the South Asia Regional Action Network in helping to promote the ICJB action today and in the future. We are asking AIUSA supporters to call the White House comment line and express their concern for Bhopal.

After calling the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 (between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST) on November 8, 2010, here are some ideas on how you can further support this effort:

  1. Post a link to this blog post, including a blurb on the action (suggested blurb: “We are asking AUSA supporters to call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 (between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST) and express their concern for Bhopal, on your website.
  2. Set this as your Twitter/Facebook status: Today I’m calling Obama’s office to ask him to support justice in Bhopal while in India. Join the action! http://www.studentsforbhopal.org/raiseyourvoice [or use this short URL: http://tiny.cc/mgozc]
  3. Post this Facebook message:

Dear friends: Today I am asking concerned citizens worldwide act in solidarity with the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal, India Gas Disaster who staged a protests in New Delhi today. While Obama is in India, we would like him to properly address the unresolved human rights crisis and support real justice for the people of Bhopal. Please call the White House comment line to make this request: (202) 456-1111.  If we all take action together, maybe he’ll realize how many people feel that his Administration’s position on Bhopal needs to change. More information at http://www.studentsforbhopal.org/raiseyourvoice.  Thank you for your continued support!

Thank you for supporting Bhopal’s human right to health and a clean environment.  If you want more resources on AIUSA’s work on Bhopal, just ask down in the comments.

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28 thoughts on “Call-In Day of Action for Bhopal

  1. Good work, dear Govindji! We are all with you in this cause. By the way, I do not think White House will entertain my call since I am an Indian. What can I and other Indians do to support you in this effort?

  2. Ritesh: thanks for the question– post it to your facebook/twitter accounts. And, contact your MP and ask her/him to take up the issue. 26 years is a long time to wait for justice.

  3. You are most Welcome. Just one more question: Any suggestions on how may I get to my MP? (I am just asking for ideas so that my communication reaches my MP and does not get blocked in between.) One more thing, I want to do much more for the Cause. I am actually inspired by it. If you have got any ideas, please do suggest.

  4. Thank you. I will contact those people listed, tomorrow during office hours. My MP is Sonia Gandhi. I knew her email ID and phone number is listed on the Parliament of India website (this is nice as it encourages transparency). I have already mailed her (after you asked me to), but I really doubt that the message will reach her. That is why I asked you.

  5. Oh, if your MP is Sonia Gandhi, then I wouldn't expect any response. However, a respectful letter to her might just have an impact. You never can tell.

  6. I concur with you. By the way, if I mail many politicians from all sectors and sections, will it help according to you? If it does, I will start today itself.

  7. Sure, then off I go. Thank you again for a really nice post. I will also do other things like sharing on Social Networking Websites but the sites are blocked here right now. I will do it later.

  8. Good work, dear Govindji! We are all with you in this cause. By the way, I do not think White House will entertain my call since I am an Indian. What can I and other Indians do to support you in this effort?

  9. Ritesh: thanks for the question– post it to your facebook/twitter accounts. And, contact your MP and ask her/him to take up the issue. 26 years is a long time to wait for justice.

  10. You are most Welcome. Just one more question: Any suggestions on how may I get to my MP? (I am just asking for ideas so that my communication reaches my MP and does not get blocked in between.) One more thing, I want to do much more for the Cause. I am actually inspired by it. If you have got any ideas, please do suggest.

  11. Thank you. I will contact those people listed, tomorrow during office hours. My MP is Sonia Gandhi. I knew her email ID and phone number is listed on the Parliament of India website (this is nice as it encourages transparency). I have already mailed her (after you asked me to), but I really doubt that the message will reach her. That is why I asked you.

  12. Oh, if your MP is Sonia Gandhi, then I wouldn’t expect any response. However, a respectful letter to her might just have an impact. You never can tell.

  13. I concur with you. By the way, if I mail many politicians from all sectors and sections, will it help according to you? If it does, I will start today itself.

  14. Sure, then off I go. Thank you again for a really nice post. I will also do other things like sharing on Social Networking Websites but the sites are blocked here right now. I will do it later.

  15. But I will be in such staggering debt by the time I'm through med school, I will be compelled to require a good deal of money for my services. In other words, if the American People continually vote to live in a "screw or be screwed" society, then even the well-meaning are faced with choosing one or the other. And if it comes to that, you know which one I will pick. I'd much prefer that it didn't.

  16. But I will be in such staggering debt by the time I’m through med school, I will be compelled to require a good deal of money for my services. In other words, if the American People continually vote to live in a “screw or be screwed” society, then even the well-meaning are faced with choosing one or the other. And if it comes to that, you know which one I will pick. I’d much prefer that it didn’t.