22nd Annual Salem Award Honors
Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph
for their efforts to restore democracy, justice, and human rights to Haiti
Photos by John Andrews
Before a capacity crowd in the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem State University President Patricia Maguire Meservey, and Salem Award Chairwoman Julie Rose presented Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph each with a framed photograph of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and a $7,500 check.
Concannon and Joseph, founders of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, received the 2014 Salem Award for their work to combine traditional legal strategies with the empowerment of victims’ organizations and political advocacy. There is almost no area in which they are not actively working with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights.
The award has been given each year to a modern-day champion of human rights who refused to stay silent in the face of injustice, symbolizing the lessons and tragedies of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. This is the first time that we have given the award to two individuals representing two separate causes since our inception in 1992. According to Mayor Driscoll, “The Salem Award is always a highlight of the year for me because it says that Salem has learned a vital lesson from the witch trials.”
Learn more in The Salem News article.
2014 Salem Award Winner featured
in The Boston Globe
Yesterday the work of Brian Concannon, head of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Boston, was featured in a Boston Globe article depicting his work on behalf of the poor in Haiti. Concannon, along with Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Haiti, will receive the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice on March 23rd in Salem. Read the article.
R.D. Sahl and expert panel discussed the nature of bullying at Salem State University
R.D. Sahl moderated an expert panel including representatives from: Anti-Defamation League, BAGLY, D.A.’s office, Daughters of Abraham, HAWC, Social Psychology of Bullying, as well as a victim of a hate crime.
The symposium, "Taking Action Against Intimidation: A forum on abuse of power, bullying, and what we can do about it" was sponsored by Salem State University, Center for Holocaust Studies, Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, and Salem No Place for Hate Committee.
Taking Action Against Intimidation
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Salem State University
The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to recognize those who are speaking out and taking action to alleviate discrimination and promote tolerance.
In recognizing and honoring them, we publicly acknowledge the powerful significance and practical consequence of their work and join them in fostering acceptance, compassion and reconciliation. The Salem Award Foundation also sponsors lectures, panel discussions and other programs on topics related to promoting human rights and social justice, and supports the public Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
Thanks to all who made the rededication possible!
The restoration of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial
would not have been possible without the
support and teamwork of the following:
The City of Salem • The Peabody Essex Museum • Eastern Bank •
Beverly Cooperative Bank • The Salem Witch Museum •
The Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation •
And many businesses and residents of Salem and surrounding communities!
Support the Salem Award and the maintenance of the
The Salem Award was established in 1992 as part of the activities marking the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The first award was given to GregAlan Williams, hero of the South Los Angeles riots, at the dedication of the then new Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
The memorial has welcomed more than 6 million visitors since 1992, and by 2012 it was in serious need of restoration. This important work has been completed, and the beautiful, award-winning public monument is now ready to welcome even more visitors in the future.