Special Online Event: 2 weeks after, what perspectives for Haiti?
2 semenn aprè, ki pèspektif pou peyi a?
Wednesday, July 21, 11-12:30 EDT
Co-Organized by the Haitian Studies Association, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Response Coalition, Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, and North American Congress on Latin America.
Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, University of California, Irvine
Rosy Auguste Ducena, RNDDH
Velina Elysée Charlier, Nou Pap Dòmi
Magali Comeau Denis, Komisyon pou Jwenn yon Solisyon Ayisyen
Mario Joseph, BAI
Sabine Lamour, SOFA
Josué Merilien, UNNOH/ Konbit
David Oxygène, MOLEGHAF
The international press exploded with coverage of the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse, who was executed in the early hours of Wednesday, July 7, 2021. That same day, several large non-Haitian institutions opined about what Haiti needs. Some called for a new military occupation despite multiple flawed and failed past interventions in Haiti, while others angled to have a role in decision-making and the electoral calendar. The press reported the speeches of one individual who claimed power shortly after the assassination, but that authority was contested shortly thereafter. Where do things stand two weeks later? What are today’s movements in Haiti demanding? What are their models for Haiti? This panel provides Haitian activists and civil society representatives with a platform to share their analyses of recent events, provide additional context through their lived experiences and put forth proposals for the future of Haiti. Speakers’ nuanced perspectives will continue to layer the conversation and help inform media professionals, scholars, students, members of solidarity organizations, civil society, the Diaspora and the general public–anyone interested in Haitian organizations’ voices is welcome.