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Tweeting in the Time of Cholera: Networking, Social Media and Justice in Haiti

Friday, November 21
12:30 p.m.
Barat House 1st floor, Boston College Newton campus

With Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.  Part of the Center's Works in Progress Colloquium Series this fall, an initial presentation from our speaker will be followed by dialogues with attendees on the subject matter.

In 2011, reckless disposal of human waste at a UN peacekeeping base generated a cholera epidemic in Haiti that has killed over 9,000 people and sickened over 700,000. The UN has repeatedly recognized an obligation to compensate people injured by UN operations, but refuses to even receive claims by Haiti cholera victims. A broad, loosely connected network has been developed to advocate for a just response to the epidemic, centered around legal claims against the UN. The network includes lawyers, students, cholera victims, scientists, doctors, journalists, members of Congress and even UN insiders, and has managed to exert substantial, if not yet adequate, pressure on the UN. This session will discuss the cholera justice network as a model for social justice advocacy in the 21st century.

A light lunch will be served.