News from Lori's Parents

25 November 1997

In this update:

Events Commemorating 2nd Anniversary of Lori's Imprisonment

Burlington, VT
Candlelight Vigil, Sunday, Nov. 30, 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society -- Church Street and Market Place

Olympia, WA
Zen Vigil and Discussion, Sunday, Nov. 30, 7:00 - 8:30
Coach House at the State Capital Museum, 21 St. and Columbia St.

Los Angeles, CA
Candlelight Vigil, Monday, Dec. 1, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Peruvian Consulate, 3460 Wilshire Blvd, near Normandie

New York City
Candlelight Vigil , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, 47 St. Between 1st and 2nd Ave.

Washington, D.C
Candlelight Vigil, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Peruvian Embassy, 1700 Massachusetts Ave NW

Olympia, WA
Zen Vigil and Discussion, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:00 - 8:30
368 Sawyer St. NE

Cambridge/Boston, MA
Candlelight Vigil and March
Cambridge City Hall, Monday, Dec. 15, 5:00 pm

Kansas City, MO
Prayer Meeting and Discussion
(Several Churches -- E-mail the Berensons for further details)

High Point, NC
Prayer Meeting and Discussion
(Several Churches -- E-mail the Berensons for further details)

Note that events will be taking place at least through December 15 and some additional ones may be planned for January 11 which will mark two years since Lori's sentencing.

Campaign of Postcards to President Clinton

We have started a "Postcards to the President" campaign. We plan to have these cards hand delivered (in a large sack!) to the President by a group of Congressional Representatives. We have pre-printed post cards ready for signatures. If you would like a batch of cards, please e-mail your request to us and specify the number you'd like and your address. We will be collecting them from across the country at least until the end of December -- depending on when delivery to President Clinton can be arranged.

U.N. Delegation to Investigate Perú's Arbitrary Detentions

A Reuters wire this morning stated that a U.N. delegation will visit Perú at the end of January 1998 to investigate "arbitrary detentions" and that Lori is one of the political prisoners being evaluated. This result is due to the efforts of Lori's sister Kathy who immediately wrote to the U.N. Committee on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva when she found out about Lori's arrest. This Committee works out of the Human Rights Office in Geneva. Both the Peruvian government and Lori's lawyers Thomas H. Nooter and Ramsey Clark have responded to the the Committee's requests for information at a first level.

Congressional "Dear Colleague" Letter Winds Down

Thanks to all your help our Congressional "Dear Colleague Letter" in the House and Senate is finishing up. As of this morning there were more than 170 signatures in the House of Representatives and 48 signatures in the U.S. Senate. The letter is to Secretary of State Albright urging her to do all in her power to insure immediate due process and justice for Lori. The letters will be completed next week and a listing of all signors will be given. The number of Congressional signatures has more than doubled from last year, showing that Lori's support is growing and will continue to grow -- she must be given justice in Perú.


We approach this Thanksgiving Holiday extremely grateful for your help and support which continue to sustain us through difficult times. We want to express our gratitude and to wish you all the best for the holiday.

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson