On the 25th anniversary of the deadly chemical leak in Bhopal, India, Boston-area activists will stage a vigil on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, on behalf of the thousands of victims, and to protest what many survivors say is insufficient government and corporate action.
The Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal says it plans several actions starting at noon at Copley Square in Boston. Members will be fasting in solidarity with survivors in India, and will stage a "die-in." The coalition has members from MIT, Harvard, BU, Tufts and elsewhere in the region. The students demand that Dow Chemicals, which bought Union Carbide, do more for the victims and face legal action. Union Carbide settled with the Indian government five years later for $470 million, and Dow Chemical, which bought Union Carbide, says it is fulfilling all its responsibilities.
See this previous Worldly Boston post for links and more details on what happened on Dec. 3, 1984, and what has happened since.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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