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Writers Live! – The Water Defenders

March 24, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers LIVE!, the flagship author event series of the Palm Beach County Library System, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. The 2022 line-up of bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning authors will be discussing their work virtually via Zoom.

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh, authors of “The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed,” are a husband-and-wife team who have been involved in the Salvadoran gold mining saga since 2009.

Broad is an expert in international development, winning a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for her work on this project, as well as two previous MacArthur fellowships. A professor at American University, she served as an international economist in the US Treasury Department, in the US Congress and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Cavanagh is director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, an organization that collaborates with the Poor People’s Campaign and other dynamic social movements to turn ideas into action for peace, justice and the environment. Previously, he worked with the United Nations to research corporate power. With Broad, he helped build the network of international allies that spearheaded the global fight against mining in El Salvador.

“The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Save a Country from Corporate Greed,” tells the David and Goliath story of community groups in El Salvador and their international allies rallying together to prevent a global mining corporation from poisoning the country’s main water source while providing valuable lessons for those fighting against destructive corporations in the United States and across the world.

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March 24, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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