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Haiti Justice Alliance

The Haiti Justice Alliance (HJA) is a coordinated effort between student groups at Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota. We work with partner organizations in Haiti to establish a collaborative model of seeking sustainable change in Haiti. We believe that education, understanding, and compassion for Haiti's historical struggles are critical to actively responding to Haiti's issues. At Carleton, we put on fundraising and awareness building events, bring speakers to campus, and collaborate with St. Olaf students to put on a community-wide concert called "Hearts for Haiti" in the winter.

The HJA meets every Thursday at 9:00PM in the CCCE (Sayles-Hill 150) to plan our efforts. Join us!

To join our mailing list e-mail Nimita Iyer (iyern@carleton.edu).

Some of the things that the Haiti Justice Alliance of Northfield has accomplished already include:

  • Hosted Margaret Trost, founder of What If? Foundation (http://whatiffoundation.org/), raised close to $10,000 as a result
  • Hosted informational panels on Haiti at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges
  • Hosted a community-wide fundraiser concert at The Grand in Northfield with local and regional bands
  • Supported student Haiti earthquake relief efforts at Northfield High School, Carleton, and St. Olaf
  • Hosted Joia Mukherjee, the Medical Director of Partners in Health (www.pih.org)
  • Organized Haiti Human Rights Week in February 2011 which included hosting Brian Sirchio (founder of Crosswinds Music Ministries and Haiti activist) and Brian Concannon (Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti), in addition to other presentations and film showings
  • Organized "Date an Ole" blind dating event in collaboration with St. Olaf College in 2012 and 2013 to raise hundreds of dollars for charity.
  • Brought Rea Dol, founder of the SOPUDEP School, to campus.
  • Brought Bev Bell, author of "Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide", to campus.
  • Raised hundreds of dollars for the SOPUDEP School in a Valentine's day themed concert, Hearts for Haiti, in February 2014.
  • Brought Law Professor Fran Quigley, who specializes in Health and Human Rights, to speak at Carleton in October 2014.