News from Lori's Parents

10 December 1997

In this update:

Rep. Maloney Delivers "Dear Colleague" Letter to Sec. Albright

175 Signatures Are Largest Total in Recent Memory, Human Rights Groups say

Last week a letter containing the signatures of 175 Representatives was delivered to Secretary of State Madeleine K.Albright requesting that she do all within her power to impress upon the Peruvian government the importance of providing an open trial in a a civilian court for Lori.

This outpouring of Congressional support may be the largest single block of signatures for any incarcerated American since Terry Anderson almost two decades ago! Many thanks to Congresswoman Maloney and her staff for their help.

The sponsors of the letter are Representatives C. Maloney, Leach, Dellums, and Morella. In addition, Representative Capps, a strong supporter of due process for Lori, had agreed to sign the letter shortly before his death. It should also be noted that Representatives Royce and J. Johnson intended to send their own letters to Secretary of State Albright, Representative Gilman sent a letter directly to Lori through the U.S. Embassy, and Speaker Gingrich sent a personal letter to the Berenson family.

U. S. Representatives Supporting Due Process for Lori

Here are the representatives who signed the "Dear Colleague" letter. Please remember to thank them for their support in your next correspondence!

If you'd like to send a thank-you now, click on the highlighted names. Or use the mailing service for the House of Representatives.

  1. Maloney, Carolyn(D-NY)
  2. Leach, Jim (R-IA)
  3. Dellums, Ron (D-CA)
  4. Morella, Constance (R-MD)
  5. Abercrombie, Neil (D-HI)
  6. Allen, Tom (D-ME)
  7. Andrews, Robert (D-NJ)
  8. Becerra, Xavier (D-CA)
  9. Berman, Howard (D-CA)
  10. Bilirakis, Michael (R-FL)
  11. Blagojevich, Rod (D-IL)
  12. Blumenhauer, Earl (D-OR)
  13. Bonior, David (D-MI)
  14. Borski, Robert (D-PA)
  15. Boucher, Rick (D-VA)
  16. Brown, Corrinne (D-FL)
  17. Brown, George (D-CA)
  18. Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)
  19. Calvert, Ken (R-CA)
  20. Clay, William (D-MO)
  21. Clayton, Eva (D-NC)
  22. Clement, Bob (D-TN)
  23. Clyburn, James (D-SC)
  24. Conyers, John (D-MI)
  25. Costello, Jerry (D-IL)
  26. Coyne, William (D-PA)
  27. Cummings, Elijah (D-MD)
  28. Cunningham, Randy (R-CA)
  29. Danner, Pat (D-MO)
  30. Davis, Danny(D-IL)
  31. Davis, Tom (R-VA)
  32. DeFazio, Peter (D-OR)
  33. DeGette, Diana (D-CO)
  34. Delahunt, William (D-MA)
  35. DeLauro, Rosa (D-CT)
  36. Deutsch, Peter (D-FL)
  37. Dixon, Julian (D-CA)
  38. Doggett, Lloyd (D-TX)
  39. Dooley, Calvin (D-CA)
  40. Doyle, Mike (D-PA)
  41. Engel, Eliot (D-NY)
  42. English, Phil (R-PA)
  43. Eshoo, Anna (D-CA)
  44. Evans, Lane (D-IL)
  45. Faleomavaega, Eni (D-AS)
  46. Farr, Sam (D-CA)
  47. Fattah, Chaka (D-PA)
  48. Fawell, Harris (R-IL)
  49. Fazio, Vic (D-CA)
  50. Flake, (D-NY)
  51. Forbes, Michael (R-NY)
  52. Fox, Jon (R-PA)
  53. Frank, Barney (D-MA)
  54. Franks, Bob (R-NJ)
  55. Frost, Martin (D-TX)
  56. Furse, Elizabeth (D-OR)
  57. Gejdenson, Sam (D-CT)
  58. Gephardt, Richard (D-MO)
  59. Gilman, Benjamin (R-NY) sent his own letter to Lori.
  60. Gingrich, Newt (R-GA) sent a personal letter to the Berensons.
  61. Gonzalez, Henry (D-TX)
  62. Gutierrez, Luis (D-IL)
  63. Hall, Ralph (D-TX)
  64. Hall, Tony (D-OH)
  65. Hamilton, Lee (D-IN)
  66. Harman, Jane (D-CA)
  67. Hastings, Alcee (D-FL)
  68. Hilliard, Earl (D-AL)
  69. Hinchey, Maurice (D-NY)
  70. Hoekstra, Peter (R-MI)
  71. Holden, Tim (D-PA)
  72. Holmes-Norton, Eleanor(D-DC)
  73. Hooley, Darlene (D-OR)
  74. Horn, Stephen (R-CA)
  75. Jackson, Jesse (D-IL)
  76. Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX)
  77. Jefferson, William (D-LA)
  78. Johnson, Eddie B. (D-TX)
  79. Johnson, Jay (D-WI) sent his own letter to Sec. Albright.
  80. Johnson, Nancy (R-CT)
  81. Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH)
  82. Kelly, Sue (R-NY)
  83. Kennedy, Joe (D-MA)
  84. Kennedy, Patrick (D-RI)
  85. Kennelly, Barbara (D-CT)
  86. Kildee, Dale (D-MI)
  87. Kilpatrick, Carolyn (D-MI)
  88. Kind, Ron (D-WI)
  89. King, Peter (R-NY)
  90. LaFalce, John (D-NY)
  91. Lampson, Nick (D-TX)
  92. Lantos, Tom (D-CA)
  93. Levin, Sander (D-MI)
  94. Lewis, Jerry (R-CA)
  95. Lewis, John (D-GA)
  96. Lipinski, William (D-IL)
  97. LoBiondo, Frank (R-NJ)
  98. Lofgren, Zoe (D-CA)
  99. Lowey, Nita (D-NY)
  100. Maloney, James (D-CT)
  101. Manton, Thomas (D-NY)
  102. Markey, Edward (D-MA)
  103. Martinez, Matthew (D-CA)
  104. Matsui, Robert (D-CA)
  105. McCarthy, Carolyn (D-NY)
  106. McCarthy, Karen (D-MO)
  107. McDade, Joseph (R-PA)
  108. McDermott, James (D-WA)
  109. McGovern, Jim (D-MA)
  110. McInnis, Scott (R-CO)
  111. McKinney, Cynthia (D-GA)
  112. McNulty, Mike (D-NY)
  113. Meehan, Martin (D-MA)
  114. Meek, Carrie (D-FL)
  115. Miller, George (D-CA)
  116. Minge, David (D-MN)
  117. Mink, Patsy (D-HI)
  118. Moakley, Joe (D-MA)
  119. Moran, Jim (D-VA)
  120. Nadler, Jerrold (D-NY)
  121. Neal, Richard (D-MA)
  122. Oberstar, James (D-MN)
  123. Obey, David (D-WI)
  124. Olver, John (D-MA)
  125. Owens, Major (D-NY)
  126. Pallone, Frank (D-NJ)
  127. Pappas, Michael (R-NJ)
  128. Pascrell, Bill (D-NJ)
  129. Payne, Donald (D-NJ)
  130. Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA)
  131. Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND)
  132. Porter, John (R-IL)
  133. Poshard, Glenn (D-IL)
  134. Price, David (D-NC)
  135. Pryce, Deborah (R-OH)
  136. Rahall, Nick (D-WV)
  137. Rangel, Charles (D-NY)
  138. Rodriguez, Ciro (D-TX)
  139. Romero-Barcelo, Carlos (D-PR)
  140. Roybal-Allard, Lucille (D-CA)
  141. Royce, Edward (R-CA) sent his own letter to Sec. Albright.
  142. Rush, Bobby (D-IL)
  143. Sabo, Martin (D-MN)
  144. Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA)
  145. Sanders, Bernie (I-VT)
  146. Sawyer, Thomas (D-OH)
  147. Schumer, Charles (D-NY)
  148. Scott, Robert (D-VA)
  149. Serrano, Jose (D-NY)
  150. Shays, Christopher (R-CT)
  151. Sherman, Brad (D-CA)
  152. Skaggs, David (D-CO)
  153. Skelton, Ike (D-MO)
  154. Slaughter, Louise (D-NY)
  155. Smith, Adam (D-WA)
  156. Smith, Christopher (R-NJ)
  157. Smith, Linda (R-WA)
  158. Spratt, John (D-SC)
  159. Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
  160. Stark, Pete (D-CA)
  161. Strickland, Ted (D-OH)
  162. Stupak, Bart (D-MI)
  163. Talent, Jim (R-MO)
  164. Thompson, Bennie (D-MS)
  165. Tierney, John (D-MA)
  166. Torres, Esteban (D-CA)
  167. Towns, Edolphus (D-NY)
  168. Traficant, James (D-OH)
  169. Turner, Jim (D-TX)
  170. Underwood, Robert (D-GU)
  171. Velazquez, Nydia (D-NY)
  172. Vento, Bruce (D-MN)
  173. Waters, Maxine (D-CA)
  174. Watt, Mel (D-NC)
  175. Waxman, Henry (D-CA)
  176. Whitfield, Ed (R-KY)
  177. Woolsey, Lynn (D-CA)
  178. Wynn, Albert (D-MD)
  179. Yates, Sidney (D-IL)

Cambridge/Boston Candlelight Vigil -- Monday, December 15th

On Monday, December 15th a "Candlelight Vigil for Lori Berenson -- Citizen of Cambridge" will take place under the theme "2 Years in a Harsh Peruvian Prison Without a Trial is Enough!"


Gather on the steps of MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue (weather permitting).

Procession up Massachusetts Avenue to Cambridge City Hall.

Candlelight Vigil for Lori on steps of Cambridge City Hall.

Public "speak out" in support of Cambridge City Council Resolution on behalf of Lori during "public comment" period of the Monday night City Council meeting. Make your voice heard!

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson