Lecture/Discussion: Lori Berenson - Political Prisoner in Peru, 4/24

The Story of an American Woman Trapped in a Peruvian Prison

A Lecture and Discussion
Mark Berenson
(Montclair State Management & Information Systems)
about the case of his daughter Lori

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Student Center Room 411-412
1 - 3 p.m.

On Tuesday Lori Berenson will have completed 11 years, 4 months and 24 days of wrongful incarceration in Peruvian maximum security prisons. She is now 37 years old.

A social activist who spent her teenage and adult life committed to issues of human rights and international justice, Lori Berenson detests terrorism in all its forms and abhors violence -- yet she is serving a 20-year sentence in Peru for collaboration with terrorism. In March 2002, President Bush and then Secretary of State Powell visited Lima and urged the Peruvian government to consider a humanitarian resolution to her case and to use a forthcoming decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as justification for such an act. Peru refused and the US government leadership, already six months into its so-called " Global War on Terrorism," stepped back -- providing no further relief for a US citizen who was acquitted by Peru of participation in any violent acts.

The presentation will include films as well as Lori's music, artwork, poems and essays.

The program is sponsored by MSU's Students for Progressive Change (SPC).

The contacts should be Mark Berenson at berensonm@mail.montclair.edu.