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Re: STAFF - ICJB coordinators/board

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 396520
Date 2010-12-23 20:01:59
Yeah the whole thing is weird. Ortman was first working out of PANNA's
office (and on PANNA's staff list) but apparently ICJB is still under
PANNA's wing but PANNA no longer lists Ortman on staff. If you want to
send a donation to ICJB you still send it to PANNA c/o Ortman, though.

On 12/23/2010 1:56 PM, Joseph de Feo wrote:

Ortman has been the coordinator for years. Rosenfeld is newer to the
post -- probably this year. Anyway, seems odd that ICJB needs two.

On 12/23/2010 1:49 PM, Kathleen Morson wrote:

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 Justice.

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 continue.**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