This spring Sanjay Verma, who lost 7 family members in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster, will travel to the U.S. to testify against the production of methyl isocyanate (MIC) in Institute, West Virginia. Institute is the home of the Bhopal Sister Plant, now owned by Bayer, one of the few pesticide plants in the United States still using the dangerous chemical MIC. MIC is the chemical compound that leaked from the factory in Bhopal, killing thousands instantly and causing generations of long-term health consequences.
Following the trial, Sanjay will travel to six cities in the U.S. for film screenings of Max Carlson's "Bhopali," an award-winning documentary featuring his and other Bhopalis' stories.
Please make a generous donation to support our collective effort. Your donation will help to make Sanjay's trip possible, and to support the fight for justice in Bhopal and for safety in Institute. Contributions will be split between the following two organizations:
The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) is a coalition of survivor groups in India, as well as a solidarity movement in the U.S., campaigning to hold Union Carbide Corporation (now owned by Dow Chemical) accountable for the ongoing crisis in Bhopal, India. To this day, a mere 10% of the exposed population in Bhopal have received compensation. 25,000 people have died since the disaster, and over 100,000 people are still too sick to work. The factory still remains intact in Bhopal, leaking its toxic poisons into the groundwater.
People Concerned About MIC (PCMIC) is a community organization in the Kanawha Valley, WV dedicated to the protection of health and safety of all who reside, work, and study in the vicinity of local chemical plants producing highly toxic chemicals. PCMIC was formed around the time we learned that the same chemical that killed and injured thousands in the Bhopal disaster, MIC, was being produced at our neighborhood plant. PCMIC is currently leading the legal battle to stop Bayer from producing MIC at the Institute plant.
(Please note that Pesticide Action Network North America is the fiscal sponsor for this initiative)