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STAFF - ICJB coordinators/board

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 385135
Date 2010-12-23 19:49:45
Shana Ortman and Claire Rosenfeld are the US coordinators for ICJB.
Advisory Board
The Students for Bhopal Advisory Board is the national leadership body for
SfB, representing the North American grassroots supporters of the
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. Composed of approximately 7
volunteer members as well as the US staff member of ICJB, the Advisory
Board coordinates the actions, projects, and initiatives undertaken by
ICJB/SfB in North America.

Who is on the Advisory Board?
Shana Blustein Ortman
U.S. Coordinator, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal; SfB
Advisory Board Member
Shana has worked on social and environmental justice for the past 10
years, and she is extremely moved and inspired by the struggle for Justice
in Bhopal. Before becoming the U.S. Coordinator for ICJB in April 2008,
she spent nearly four years at ForestEthics, where she was the Lead
Organizer on the Paper Campaign. Her work focused on leadership
development and creating grassroots organizing for a campaign that is
transforming the catalog industry and protecting Endangered Forests. Most
notably, in 2006, they won the Victoria's Dirty Secret campaign, a three
year campaign that included over 750 grassroots actions across North
America. Shana got her B.A. in Humanities, with a focus on Children's
Literature and Social Change from New College of California in 2005. She
also spent two years studying Anthropology at Grinnell College, where she
was very involved with student activism for environmental justice and
human rights.

Claire Rosenfeld
U.S. Coordinator, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal; SfB
Advisory Board Member

Claire got involved with ICJB when she spent a week in July/2008 at the
Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal. She interned over summer with Shana at
ICJB in San Francisco and organized the hugely successful curry cook-off
fundraiser. Claire earned her B.A. in Cultural Studies and Foreign
Languages (Spanish, Hindi) at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
As part of the advisory board, she hopes to collaborate with groups
committed to resolving the ongoing tragedy and provide her own insight
about the direction of the campaign in North America. She brings her
strong belief that corporate profit should never come at the price of
human lives.

Tony Millard
SfB Advisory Board Member
Tony graduated from the Northwestern University Medill School of
Journalism in 2006, and he is currently working as a producer, writer and
editor for an XM satellite medical radio station called ReachMD. In his
first year on the AB, he helped to coordinate our extensive media campaign
throughout the entire 2008 Padyatra, which included frequent press
releases and outreach to news and information outlets across a variety of
mediums throughout the United States.

Having volunteered at the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal for most of a year
spanning parts of 2006 and 2007, he hasa firm, first-hand perspective of
the situation on the ground in Bhopal. From Sambhavna to the dilapidated
factory, to Oriya Basti and Hamidia Hospital, to the oft-protested home of
the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in Shamla Hills, his knowledge of
Bhopal is a benefit to our strategizing and planning actions here in the
United States. This applies particularly from the standpoint of
communicating to others the extent of the devastation across Bhopal, but
more importantly, the spirit of the Bhopalis who continue to fight for

Diana Katgara
SfB Advisory Board Member
Diana had the chance to spend some time in Bhopal and get to know a number
of people there. These people who are strong, brillliant, loving,
creative, inspirational, funny, musical, articulate, insightful, caring,
full of hope and who will never ever give up fighting for justice for
themselves and fighting to ensure that what has happened to Bhopalis
doesn't happen to others have become an important part of her life.

The grave injustices that have happened and continue to
happen in Bhopal are unacceptable. From December 3rd, 1984 onwards
Bhopalies have witnessed the horrors of losing their loved ones and
continue to be lied to and cheated out of effective health care, clean
water, safety against deadly poisons, the ability to earn, the right not
to have to feed babies contaminated breast milk, just to name a few
things. And yet, they continue to have hope and love and show care to
eachother and those of us who ask if we can stand alongside them. They
continue to have hope and trust that the world will not let this injustice

Over the last year and a half she hasseen the
creative and meaningful ways that the SfB has supported the Bhopal
Campaign in the US and she thinks it would be great to bring some of that
over to Canada.

Yogesh Simmhan
SfB Advisory Board Member
Yogesh brings his passion for justice to the Advisory Board--he hopes to
improve the lives of Bhopalis, and fight corporate greed and government
apathy. Co-founder of AID at the Indiana University, Bloomington, Yogesh
organized all Bhopal-related events at his university from 2003-2007
including vigils, protests, panel discussions with Ryan Bodyani and Rajan
Sharma, and a Bhopal photo exhibit. Additionally, he has worked with
Amnesty International in picketing a talk by Dow CEO Andrew Liveris in
Indianapolis. In 2006 he helped host the Students for Bhopal conference
in Bloomington. Yogesh has experience in letter writing, media management,
and event organizing. He sees the approaching 25th anniversary of the gas
tragedy as an important opportunity: "The looming 25th anniversary is a
crucial juncture for our campaign and SfB needs all the support possible
to mobilize across the US. This is the time for everyone associated with
the campaign to stand up and be counted, and I'm answering this call."

Ellen Shifrin
SFB Advisory Board Member
A former professor and administer, Ellen has strong communication and
organizational skills. Her involvement with the campaign for justice in
Bhopal began in 2008, but she was involved with Amnesty International for
many years. She has been invited to table at the UN Association of
Canada, Toronto event on Water and the AI Business&Human Rights
conference, The Case for Water as a Human Right. Having traveled to the
subcontinent eight times, Ellen is looking forward to combining her
deep-rooted passions for human rights and India.
Why do you believe in justice for Bhopal?
"Bhopal serves not only as a situation in itself, but also as a model for
people in other places fighting the same type of violations. There are so
many levels on which to work for justice in Bhopal - human and
environmental rights, politics, economics, and the human spirit. So
because Bhopal will always be with us in one way or another, because the
fight of the gas and water-affected people is wholly non-violent, because
the spirit of the survivors is so strong--all these are reasons why I want
to be part of the Advisory Board, why I want to be more involved, and why
I feel it's such an important cause to be whole-heartedly committed to."

Leonid Chindelevitch
SFB Advisory Board Member

After being involved with the Bhopal campaign for 3 years at the local
level and gained experience in activities ranging from making banners and
folding my body in the shape of various letters to preparing budget
requests and coordinating the chapter's activities, Leonid has taken the
next step of joining the campaign's Advisory Board. He expects to make
significant contribution to SfB by organizing fundraising events,
recruiting new members to the campaign and contacting the media. In
addition, he hopes to bring new insights into campaign strategies on the
25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.

Interested in joining the Advisory Board?
In the fall there are Advisory Board nominations for positions that last
for one year. Occasionally there are openings during other parts of the
year. Email to learn more.

Past Members of the Advisory Board
Pragya Bhagat (2007-09)

Association for India's Development, Austin

Aqueue Freechild (2004-2009)

US Strategy Coordinator, ICJB

Daniel Yeow (2007-08)

Amnesty International, Columbia University

Raghav Kaushik (2006-2007)

Ryan Bodyani (2004-2007)

Student Coordinator, ICJB