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Sheridan Circle Memorial Service
September 19, 2010 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Until September 11, 2001, the car bombing on Massachusetts Avenue was the most infamous act of international terrorism ever to take place in our nation’s capital. On September 21, 1976 agents of the Augusto Pinochet regime planted a car bomb at this location which brutally took the lives but not the memory of two IPS colleagues, who fought for equality and justice through reason, not violence.
Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt were colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies, where Letelier had become one of the most outspoken critics of Pinochet. Moffitt was a 25-year-old development associate. For more than three decades, the pursuit of justice for their murders has been a symbol of hope for victims of tyranny everywhere. Every year the human rights community, friends, family, colleagues, and supporters gather in remembrance of these tragic assassinations.
- Emcee: Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies
- Invocation: Reverend Sheila McCurdy
- Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law
- Poetry: Saul Landau, IPS Fellow, author of “Assassination on Embassy Row”
- Music: Patricio Zamorano
- Rodrigo Leiva, nephew of Orlando Letelier and Executive Director of Latino Federation of Greater Washington
- Chilean Ambassador Arturo Fermandois Vöhringer
This program will take place outdoors at the site of the assassination and end with a laying of flowers on the Letelier-Moffitt memorial across the street from Sheridan Circle. Please bring flowers.