Bhopal: Cambridge City council to boycott Dow Chemical

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 16:02 IST

Showing solidarity towards gas tragedy survivors, the city council of Cambridge in Massachusetts has decided to boycott the Dow Chemical — the present holder of the Union Carbide company that was responsible for the industrial disaster.

The Cambridge City council on November 24 adopted a policy order (resolution) announcing the ‘city’s boycott and divestment from all manner of engagements with Dow’. The boycott would mean that the citizens of Cambridge would not get into any economically beneficial deal with Dow.

The policy order is available on the official website of Cambridge city council.

The order, adopted unanimously, was moved by councilor Nadeem Mazen.

The city manager has been asked by the council to confer with the with the Board of the Cambridge Retirement System to determine if they hold Dow stocks and bonds and what steps can be taken to divest from Dow.

The divestment of Dow from retirement system would mean that none of the citizens would purchase the stocks or bonds of the company for retirement benefits.

The policy order mentions that the “council goes on the record in support of Dow Chemical Corporation assuming responsibility for the disaster and taking steps to ensure that crucial issues such as economic rehabilitation and the clean-up of the site are taken up forthwith”.

Bhopal Group of Information and Action (BGIA), a city-based survivors’ organisation, highlighted the solidarity action of the US city on its website. “It is a big morale booster for us and a lesson for the Indian government that is failing to nail Dow,” Rachna Dhingra of BGIA said.

Charity event
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, Fiona Case, a long-time supporter of the United Kingdom-based charitable institute Bhopal Medical Appeal will hold a charity auction on December 2 in Pilton (Somerset England).

The case is associated with the famous Glastonbury musical festival. Her event will be held at the Old Pilton Working Men’s Club. The huge list of programmes includes auction range from theatre tickets to festival goody bags, family days out, local Cider and Yeovil Football Club tickets.

Some international events

Organiser: Amnesty International and Students of Technical
What: Photo exhibition at Kreuzberg Library, Berlin (Germany)
When: October 29 to December 13 at University, Berlin

Organiser: “Bhopal’s Second Disaster” photo exhibition by Alex Masi at Singapore International Photography Festival
What: Singapore Photo Exhibit
When: October 3 to November 30

Organiser: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London, United Kingdom
What: #BhopalFacing30 Photo Exhibit
When: November 17 to December 17 at Shoreditch, London

Organiser: Conference plus Raghu Rai photo exhibition, The Tetley, Leeds, UK. Raghu Rai was one of the first to document the Bhopal disaster in 1984
What: Reframing Disaster exhibition and conference
When: November 26 to December 7

What: WALiB (We All Live in Bhopal) commemoration week for the tragedy
When: December 1 to December 7 at Berkeley, California (USA)

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