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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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The Ones Who Must Decide

The Ones Who Must Decide

Social Movements in the Reconstruction

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(p.86) 10 The Ones Who Must Decide
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Fault Lines
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Beverly Bell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.003.0011

This chapter examines the involvement of social movements in the reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the earthquake. Some local activists were eager to start organizing right after the earthquake. As days passed, growing numbers braved recurring aftershocks to make their way across unidentifiable landscapes by foot, because many roads were impassable by vehicle. Grassroots organizations were soon building coalitions to map out emergency responses and advocacy strategies. This chapter considers the social movements' strategies to activate public engagement in the reconstruction process and how they reacted to their exclusion from meetings with foreign donors, such as France and the United States.

Keywords:   social movements, reconstruction, Haiti, earthquake, activists, grassroots organizations, foreign donors

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