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.
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.
Michael Karpen (brother of Ronni Karpen Moffitt); Peter Kornbluh (National Security Archive); Francisco Machado Leiva (Executive President of the Association of Nongovernmental Organizations of Honduras); and a representative of the Chilean Embassy.
Emcee: Joy Zarembka (Institute for Policy Studies)
Music: Patricio Zamorano, Chilean songwriter, and Mauricio Betanzo, Chilean musician and master in cello.
For directions and more information, see: https://ips-dc.org/events/565 or call Sena Tsikata at IPS: (202) 234-9382×277.
IN CASE OF RAIN: The Chilean Embassy has generously offered to open up the Ambassador’s residence for us if it should be raining on Sunday morning. The Ambassador’s residence is just across the street from Sheridan Circle on the Northwest side, at 2305 Massachusetts Avenue NW.