Advisory Board

2013 Mission Statement

 

ICJB-NA Advisory Board

 

Mission Statement 2013

 

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, North America (ICJB-NA) is the North American branch of an international solidarity network of students, professionals, and activists (environmental, social justice, human rights and more) that was set up to address the grave injustices suffered by half a million Bhopalis. Using education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, ICJB-NA works to hold Dow Chemical and the Indian Government accountable for the ongoing chemical disaster in Bhopal. Through empowering and advising campaigners in this worldwide movement, ICJB-NA strives to further the Bhopalis’ demands for justice, appropriate monetary compensation, and remediation of the abandoned factory site.

 

Our Vision

 

  • The ICJB North American Advisory Board (AB) stands by the campaign slogan, "We all live in Bhopal". By this, we mean that, in a world in which corporations operate with impunity, the chemical tragedy that happened in Bhopal could happen, and in fact is happening, even in our own communities and work-places. The AB strives to educate the world of this fact by carrying the story of Bhopal and its survivors into the global consciousness, in an effort to inspire action and change.

  • The AB is responsible to two communities: The Survivors themselves of the continuing Bhopal Disaster in India, and the community of activists in North America (NA) working for justice on behalf of those Survivors.

  • The AB creates and implements campaign strategies and actions throughout NA designed to further the demands and goals of the Survivors. These two main goals are:

    1. Remediation of environmental damage caused by the abandoned factory.

    2. Adequate monetary compensation and medical care for the victims of the disaster, including second and third generation children born with contamination-related congenital birth defects.

The AB seeks to bring about these goals by putting pressure on Dow Chemical and the Indian

Government, the entities liable for the disaster as well as for monetary compensation and

environmental remediation.  
 

  • The AB uses a variety of methods to achieve its goals, including non-violent direct action, media outreach and education.

  • The AB fundraises in an effort to provide resources not only for Survivors, but also for North American supporters of the Survivors who wish to take action in their own communities and universities

  • The AB works in solidarity with other communities affected by Dow Chemical and other incidences of gross corporate negligence.

  • AB campaigns to increase corporate accountability in North America and abroad through public awareness of the Bhopal disaster.

  • The AB fights for a toxic-free future for all.
     

We all live in Bhopal.


 

WHO WE ARE

The AB is currently comprised of 8 volunteers representing activists across NA. Volunteer AB Members serve 1-year terms and are vetted and approved by ICJB leaders around the world. The AB is fortunate to be a diverse, dedicated and passionate group of people. Our commitment to transparency and equality in decision-making helps us function sustainably. Having direct lines of accountability to Bhopal survivors is key to our success. To communicate with our supporters, we use email, regular e-newsletters, and social media. Currently our email list includes 5,000 supporters. Our annual N.A. conference creates a crucial face-to-face engagement opportunity. Please click here to join our mailing list!


 

 

Our Team


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Our Team consists of:

1. The Coordinating Committee
2. Members of Three Individual Working Groups 

Please read our Team's Mission Statement here.

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1. The Coordinating Committee is the leadership & voting body representing the North American grassroots supporters of ICJB. Composed of 5 volunteer members, the Coordinating Committee oversees the actions, projects, and initiatives undertaken by ICJB in North America, while keeping the Campaign running.  Introducing the 2014 Coordinating Committee:

Rox Carter: Finance & Administration Coordinator

Rox describes herself as an artist, educator, leader and activist. She graduated in 2009 from Brock University with a degree in Drama in Education and Society, and received her Bachelor of Education in 2010.  Rox completed a Master of Education in Social and Cultural Contexts of Education in 2013. During her university years, Rox co-founded TAP (Turn Around Projects of the Arts) – a not for profit arts organization. Rox first got involved with the fight for justice in Bhopal when she produced the play Bhopal by Rahul Varma in 2010. Her passion for justice in Bhopal, gave her the inspiration and motivation to create a TAP program in Bhopal. TAP offers gas affected victims free arts and leadership workshops for 3 weeks each December. A confident public speaker, and improviser by night – Rox aims to encourage and inspire YOU through her passion and conviction and belief that you must BE THE CHANGE you wish to see.

Valerie: Fundraising Coordinator

Valerie first heard about the Bhopal gas tragedy on the eve of the 20th anniversary, when she was volunteering as the Corporate Action Network Coordinator for Amnesty International. She helped to organize events and a Seattle City Council resolution commemorating the anniversary. Valerie is inspired by the determination of the survivors to seek justice for all victims of environmental disasters and the cause has never been more relevant. Helping the ICJB raise money is the best way that Valerie can use her to skills to advance the cause. She is the Founder of Aril Consulting, a fundraising consulting business and she has 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. Valerie has a B.A. in International Relations and History from Boston University, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of  Washington, and is a Certificate student in Sustainable Design/Build at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She currently lives in Durham, NC and can’t wait to travel back to India again. Valerie Costa: Fundraising Coordinator, United States.

Valerie first heard about the Bhopal gas tragedy on the eve of the 20th anniversary, when she was volunteering as the Corporate Action Network Coordinator for Amnesty International. She helped to organize events and a Seattle City Council resolution commemorating the anniversary. Valerie is inspired by the determination of the survivors to seek justice for all victims of environmental disasters and the cause has never been more relevant. Helping the ICJB raise money is the best way that Valerie can use her to skills to advance the cause. She is the Founder of Aril Consulting, a fundraising consulting business and she has 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. Valerie has a B.A. in International Relations and History from Boston University, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of  Washington, and is a Certificate student in Sustainable Design/Build at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She currently lives in Durham, NC and can’t wait to travel back to India again.

Reena Shadaan: Community Relations Coordinator

Reena first got involved with the Bhopal campaign in 2006. In 2010, she carried out her MA research work on Bhopali women’s activism and empowerment in the aftermath of the Bhopal gas disaster. Learning about the struggle from the perspective of women-activists, who have been the sustaining force in this movement, taught Reena a great deal about activism and solidified her commitment to the ongoing struggle for justice in Bhopal.

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2. Individual Working Groups
  • Website Working Group      
  • Community Relations Working Group
  • Education Working Group


Wendy Crumrine: Website Coordinator, Website Working Group

Wendy became personally acquainted with the continuing fight for justice of the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy when she spent three months in 2008 as a volunteer at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic.  Working closely with the survivors of the tragedy fostered within her a deep respect for their non-violent pursuit of justice, and simultaneously, a profound disquiet concerning the corporate prioritization of profit over human lives that infects the global economy.  She sees the fight for justice in Bhopal as the epicenter of an international movement towards corporate accountability and she is honored to take part.  She increased her involvement in the campaign by joining the Advisory Board in 2012, and is excited to move her commitment away from Administration & Finance and into Website Coordination. She received her B.A. from Harvard in 2006 where she studied Child Psychology and has been teaching high school math and science ever since.  

 

Matthew Fullerton: Research and Software Developer, Website Working Group

Matt works in Munich, Germany as a researcher and software developer.

He's been involved in the campaign since 2006 whilst living in Boston.

From then on he's worked on web services and sites for the campaign at various points including www.studentsforbhopal.org and smaller projects for email/fax campaign actions. 

 


Renu Pariyadath: Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Relations Working Group

Renu Pariyadath is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and studies activist citizenship practices within the Indian diaspora. She is interested in connecting the Bhopal campaign with US-based activist or community organizations that engage in social-, environmental-, reproductive-, or labor- justice. If you would like ICJB-NA to express solidarity with your cause, or vice versa, please write to Renu on icjb.us.ab[at]gmail.com with the subject line: Attention Renu 

 

William Fontenot: Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Relations Working Group

Before retiring in April of 2005 I served as the Community Liaison Officer for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office for twenty-seven years. My duties were to assist individuals, groups, local officials, other agencies, businesses and others, such as the news media, with environmental problems, issues, or questions. In this capacity I had the pleasure of assisting thousands of individuals and helped to organize more than five hundred groups with a wide variety of problems and issues throughout Louisiana and more than thirty other states in the USA.

I have also been very active with a number of organizations and currently serve on the board of directors of Friends of The Atchafalaya, The Louisiana Audubon Council and Clean Water Fund. For eighteen years I served on the board of directors of Clean Water Action. In past years I have also served on the board of Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), and the Labor Neighbor Project.  I have also served as the executive director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and as chairman of the New Orleans Group and the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Since January of 2011 I have been serving as Conservation Chair of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club, which covers Louisiana.

Much of my effort over the last forty years has been focused on assisting poor and minority communities, workers and others who were impacted by pollution, bad government or industrial decisions and who felt they had no where else to turn.

Several books which document some of my work are:

Deeper Shades of Green, by Jim Schwab, a Sierra Club book, 1994.

 Uneasy Alchemy, by Barbara Allen, 2003. This book includes a number of my photographs of individuals and industrial facilities.

American Environmental Leaders by Anne Becher and Joseph Richey,Grey House Publishing, September 2008.

McCastle v Rollins Environmental Services, Wikipedia. This was the first successful Environmental Justice effort in the country.

Save Ourselves: The Environmental Case that Changed Louisiana Oliver A. Houck, Louisiana Law Review, Number 72, Winter 2012.

Petrochemical America by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff, 2012 is dedicated to me.

Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, May 2013
 

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Interested in joining the Coordinating Committee or a Working Group? In the fall there are nominations for positions that last for one year.  However, there are frequently openings during other parts of the year, often for specific projects.  Email: icjb.us.ab[at]gmail.com to learn more.