Annual Sheridan Circle Memorial Service

Annual Sheridan Circle Memorial Service

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.

Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Ceremony

Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Ceremony

Join IPS as we honor the National Day Laborer Organization Network (NDLON) and the Honduras Human Rights Platform. There will also be a special recongition award for the Guatemalan Police Archives and our special musical guests will be Sweet Honey In The Rock.

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.

Remembering Ronni

In 1976, Ronni Karpen Moffitt was killed on her way to work as the car she was riding in succumbed to a car bomb planted by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The 33rd Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

The 33rd Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

In 1973, 10 years after the Institute for Policy Studies opened its doors with the belief that progressive thought, advocacy, and action can build a better society, Chile’s democratically elected government was overthrown by a military coup.

These two histories became inextricably linked on September 21, 1976, when agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet detonated a car bomb that killed former Chilean diplomat and director of the Institute’s Transnational Institute, Orlando Letelier, and IPS development associate Ronni Karpen Moffitt in Washington, D.C.

Following these assassinations, IPS established the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards to honor their fallen colleagues and recognize individuals and groups in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas most dedicated to the struggle for human rights.

We are delighted to hold the event again for the 33rd consecutive year, and applaud Domestic Workers United and La Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería en El Salvador as they continue the struggle for basic human needs and demonstrate the courage and dedication which the awards were established to honor. More information on the awardees can be found on our Letelier-Moffitt awards page.

The celebration starts at 5:30PM, with a reception and light fare. The human rights program begins at 7PM. You can purchase tickets here.

 

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.

Sheridan Circle Annual Memorial Service

Sheridan Circle Annual 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. Letelier and 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 three decades, the pursuit of justice for their murders has been a symbol of hope for victims of tyranny everywhere.

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: Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez, Rodrigo Leiva (nephew of Orlando Letelier); Sherry Weiss (cousin of Ronni Karpen Moffitt); Gabriel Kornbluh, Emira Woods (IPS Foreign Policy In Focus Co-Director) and others.

Music: Ayanna Gregory (daughter of comedian and human rights activist Dick Gregory)

Poetry: Saul Landau (IPS Fellow)

For more information, call Sena Tsikata at IPS at (202) 787-5277.