A Fond Farewell to Dennis Brutus

Throughout his entire life, Dennis Brutus fought systems of exploitation and oppression. In one of his last interviews he discusses his past, the latest attempts of social movements to fight global oppression, and the role of the United States in the world.

Human Rights Abuses: Taking on Chevron

A new powerful international campaign on Chevron presents an exciting new organizing model for corporate campaigners and human rights activists everywhere. The new Chevron Program at Global Exchange links Chevron affected communities across the United States and around the world to expose the true cost of Chevron and reign in the entire oil industry.  Learn about the campaign and communities in struggle against Chevron in Nigeria, Burma, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, California, and elsewhere in defense of their human rights.

Kerry Kennedy, acclaimed human rights activist and author, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights (on Ecuador)

Antonia Juhasz, author, The Tyranny of Oil (on book tour for the paperback release, updated with a new foreword), Director, The Chevron Program, Global Exchange and an Associate Fellow with IPS (The Chevron Program)

Paul Donowitz, Campaign Coordinator, EarthRights International (Burma, Nigeria)

Kate Watters, Executive Director, Crude Accountability (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan)

Steven Donziger, lead plantiffs attorney, Aquinda v. Chevron (Ecuador)

Legacy of Abuse in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has brushed aside Western criticism of its abusive practices. But that might be about to change.

The Annual Sheridan Circle Memorial Service

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.

Speakers:  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.

Postcard from…Goma

Postcard from…Goma

The international community has promised assistance to refugees in Congo. But not much has reached them.

U.S.-Trained Human Rights Abusers

Obama should end the institutional impunity to which American commanders and U.S. military allies have become accustomed.

Human Rights City Toolkit

Transform social awareness in your city to address human rights issues on a local level.

Naval Gazing

Before the Chinese show up off the coast of California for some imperial quid pro quo, the United States should wake up, sign the Law of the Sea, and actually abide by its provisions.