Seekers of Justice
HOLDING THE U.N. ACCOUNTABLE
Why The U.N. Is Being Sued Over Haiti's Cholera Epidemic
by Richard Knox
NPR, Goats & Soda
It is widely believed that U.N. peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti during deployment from Nepal, where cholera is a perennial threat. Before Haiti's epidemic began in 2014, the disease hadn't been known in Haiti but has since spread throughout the entire country. Since late 2010, at least 770,000 Haitians have been struck down by cholera. And it only continues.
For several years, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti has been working on a lawsuit on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims. Their demands of the U.N.? To end cholera by installing a national water and sanitation system; pay reparations to cholera victims and their families; and publicly apologize for bringing cholera to Haiti. Has any of your work required perseverance in the face of long odds? How do you remain motivated?
Black Activism, Unchurched
by Emma Green
The Atlantic Magazine
Although "the spirit of the black church has long animated the movements for civil rights and social justice in America," the church hasn’t been nearly as visible over the past few years. This fact seems particularly apparent in the streets of Baltimore, a primary staging ground for organizing protests and political action. Local church pastor Jamal Bryant says: "The difference between the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the civil-rights movement is that the civil-rights movement, by and large, was first out of the church. The BLM movement, largely speaking, is not...The church is having to readjust: How do you become a part of something you don’t lead?” What, if any, is the connection between your own activism and religious institutions? Does this sentiment of separation and evolution speak to you?
"TRANSFORMING YOUR HEART"
My Journey of Conscience:
A Zen Priest Tries to Save the World
by Domyo Burk
"If we have any idealism or hope left, we are deeply stirred by the idea of transformation..." So writes Domyo Burk, a self-described Zen priest trying to save the world. In this meditation, he poses the question of what it means to "transform the heart." Is the heart where we hold our best version of truth about ourselves and the world? How are our perceptions of the world shaped by our hearts? "For a human being there is no experience of phenomena except as preceded by the heart and made by the heart." Read his entire meditation here.