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Re: CORP: Bhopal 25 coming up

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 404643
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
Maybe the Yes Men were the pinnacle. They made an argument in their way
on their terms -- that this is a corporate problem and a part of the a
larger whole that the Yes Men work. They're the only anti-corporate group
that has joined with the Bhopal groups.

Where is SCI or RAN or even Greenpeace on this? On one hand, the EHF
folks haven't found a way to branch out beyond occasional AI mentions, but
at the same time, the larger anti-corporate movement has avoided Bhopal
very nicely. Will Chevron get the same pass?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph de Feo"
To: "Bart Mongoven"
Cc: "Kathleen Morson"
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2009 11:06:36 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: CORP: Bhopal 25 coming up

The professional anti-Dow types have made a slight nod toward expanded
activity, but never followed through on it -- the idea of "other Bhopals"
that were the fault of Dow or others. For the past few years it has mostly
just been a spot on a website occasionally updated with a blog post about
different multinationals elsewhere in India (e.g., the SIPCOT work by the
Global Community Monitor affiliates). Now I don't even think blog posts go
up there anymore.

One area in which you might argue the Dow campaign has been successful was
in the R&D site battle outside Pune. Dow had to change its plans. But that
wasn't really a result of the Bhopal-based activists' strategic skills; it
seems they mostly provided one more weapon (the Bhopal issue) and likely
some small amount of funding that helped propel/prolong a campaign that
was going to be difficult for Dow just because of the religious
associations of the area near the site and political gain to be had by
pandering to some locals in an election year. The Dow people could try to
repeat that elsewhere, but I'm not sure they'd find the perfect storm

The Yes Men had their London "B'eau Pal" stunt in London, but again, that
wasn't any indication of an expansion. Same issue and complaints,
statement urging people to check out the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

Bart Mongoven wrote:

We're only a month away from the 25th anniversary of Bhopal. The
objective of the Dow Campaign, as far as I can tell, has been the same
as the upcoming RAN Chevron campaign -- to make an impossible demand
upon a major multinational in order to bring attention to the
fundamental problems with laws relating to corporate accountability.

With less than a month to go, you'd think that the major players --
especially Amnesty -- would have branched out from Bhopal to make a
broader set of issues. I don't see any evidence of it. AI Canada
included Bhopal in a Demand Dignity release in September. The
intenrational secretariat has a small link on its website. That's all
I've seen outside of the dedicated anti-Dow establishment -- those
groups paid to hate Dow (PANNA, SfB).

The anger is legitimate and the campaign framing has been done pretty
well. If they can't manage to use the 25th anniversary to broaden the
issue, they probably won't be able to. They may as well just let Dow or
some proxy clean the site because keeping the site unremediated hasn't
helped the anti-corproate cause; hasn't much helped the anti-Dow cause;
and probably isn't doing a heck of a lot of good for the Bhopalis on
whose behalf the activists claim to be working.

The Chevron campaign is remarkably similar in its unrealistic demand.
Is it a follow up or an admission that the first thrust failed?

Am I missing a node of activity or a major campaign that is to come?
Has the Dow campaign been more successful than I think?