Bhopal activist to speak in Toronto: TONIGHT

    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - Cost cutting, diminished safety regulations and
corporate negligence have a real human toll. Bhopal activist and engineer
Satinath "Sathyu" Sarangi sees it first hand at his clinic each day. The
Sambhavna Health Clinic provides free medical care to over 18,000 chronically
ill Bhopal poisonous gas survivors, many of whom lost their families in the

    What:   Bhopal activist Satinath "Sathyu" Sarangi to speak about the
            ongoing struggles after the Union Carbide leak

    When:   Thursday, March 29, 2007 (TONIGHT) at 7 pm

    Where:  519 Church Street Community Centre, East room North, Toronto

    Who:    Community groups, South Asia Left Democratic Alliance members
            -  MEDIA WELCOME

    Within the first two days of the December 3, 1984 gas leak at the Union
Carbide factory (now Dow Chemical), more than 5,000 people died. The death
toll in the following months rose to 20,000 people. Upwards of 100,000 people
are still chronically ill and the drinking water has been poisoned by
chemicals leaking from the abandoned factory.
    Twenty three years after the world's largest industrial accident, the
town of Bhopal is still the site of misery, suffering, but also of hope. On
his first Canadian tour, Justice for Bhopal campaign member and founding
clinic member, Sathyu will be speaking across the country about the ongoing
health crisis and how the clinic's community health workers are teaching lay
people how to spot symptoms and help themselves and others. The health workers
have also trained other international groups to do health outreach in their
own communities.
    Sathyu will also discuss how the globalization of hazardous material
production is being felt in India and the ways that international solidarity
work has influenced government actions. The implications and continuing
struggles of Bhopal are far reaching. Media are welcome.

For further information:

For further information: To reach Satinath "Sathyu" Sarangi for an
interview or more information, call (514) 836-4714

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