News from Lori's Parents

19 June 2002

In this update:

"Free Lori" web site wins prestigious "Webby Award"

Last night the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences selected the Web site as the winner of the 6th annual Webby Award for Best Personal Web site for 2002. Congratulations go to webmaster Ken Dubberly who attended the ceremonies in San Francisco.

In addition, the Web site finished second in the public voting for the People's Voice Award, defeating the four other nominees but losing to a "write-in" candidate. Many thanks for your support and your vote.

Webby Award acceptance speeches were limited to five words! Ken's five-word acceptance speech was, "Thank you - free Lori Berenson!"

Events to commemorate one-year anniversary of Lori's wrongful sentencing - Washington, Boston, and Burlington

As further details concerning these and other events are known they will be placed on the homepage of the Web site.

Washington "get-together/ fundraiser"

Washington DC area supporters will have a "get-together/fundraiser" on Thursday, June 20th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Aloysious Church, 19 I Street (between H and K Streets on North Capitol). There will be a bake sale, silent auction, and live Peruvian music.

Washington "brown-bag lunch" discussion on Peru's Truth & Reconciliation Commission

A "brown-bag lunch" discussion will be held on Friday, June 21st, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Stuart Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue NE (across from the Supreme Court). Larry Birns, Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), and Martha Honey, Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus and Director of the Peace and Security Program at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), will lead a discussion about the Commission. It will be moderated by Laura Furst, National Organizer of The Committee to Free Lori Berenson.

Washington vigils

A vigil will be held at the Peruvian Embassy, 1700 Massachusetts Avenue NW, on Friday, June 21st from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. to show the Peruvian government that we haven't forgotten the injustice that Lori is suffering and ask President Toledo to confirm Peru's commitments to human rights by abiding by any rulings and recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding her case.

At 5:00 p.m. supporters will proceed along Massachusetts Avenue to the Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and assemble there. At 5:30 p.m. a vigil at the Japanese Embassy will be held in order to emphasize that it is the disgraced former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori who is to blame for Lori's wrongful incarceration and to urge the government of Japan to extradite him to Peru where he has been charged with many crimes against the Peruvian people and against humanity.

Boston vigil

A vigil will be held in Boston on Friday, June 21st at 12:30 p.m. in Kenmore Square at the corner where Brookline Avenue comes into the square.

Vermont vigil

A vigil will be held in Burlington on Saturday, June 22nd from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. by the Peace and Justice Store at 21 Church Street.

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson