Protesting Dow Officials
On March 1st, 2005, a group of three AID (Association for India’s
Development) volunteers from New Orleans Chapter demonstrated non-violent,
peaceful protest against DOW Chemicals Co. urging them to take the
responsibility to clean up Bhopal from the after effects of Bhopal
Gas tragedy that had occurred 20 years ago in India. A representative
from Dow Chemical Co., Mr. Ruiz, was speaking at
the 2nd Annual Conference on Global Trends in Plastic Packaging
Films in New Orleans on March 1st, 2005. On realizing that a Dow
Chemical Representative was going to speak at a conference in town,
they jumped to grab this opportunity to show their contribution
for all those who have been affected by Bhopal Gas Tragedy. In spite
of being busy in their work schedules, the group chose to take time
off in the middle of the week from work to form a responsible group
to voice their feelings for their countrymen who are still experiencing
the ill effects of the tragedy.
They were not welcomed at the venue by greetings!! They were asked
to leave the premises as the organizers felt it was not the right
forum to address the issue, although they felt it was a noble cause.
This was an expected response for the group. So these people had
to leave the premises but they achieved in putting up posters outside
main entrance of Hilton Hotel. They did receive attention from passers-by
and other people walking in and out from the hotel. They held the
posters for an hour which coincided around the time Mr. Ruiz was
making his presentation from Dow Chemical Co.
Under the guidance of Chapter President, AID-New Orleans had also
organized a candle light vigil in December, 2004 in Uptown Campus
of Tulane University to commemorate 20 years of Bhopal Tragedy which
was received with much local attention. AID-New Orleans have also
received approval to hold a photo exhibition on Bhopal Gas Tragedy
in Dec.2005 at Caroll Art Gallery in Tulane University, New Orleans.
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