Sunday, April 5, 2009

Help Free American woman wrongly imprisoned in Peru

Please spend 2 minutes of your time and call to free this woman, wrongly imprisoned for 14 years in Peru. There are many reasons we should care for her release. Aside from the human rights issues, Lori is a feminist who helped imprisoned Peruvia women behind bars. Her mother, Rhoda Berenson, was an adjunct at Hunter College. Please call.

From Mark and Rhoda Berenson – Now that President Obama has settled into office, it is time for us to put a concerted effort into enlisting his help in securing Loris release.

Wrongfully imprisoned in Peruvian hellholes, Lori has now served 13 years and five months of her 20-year sentence. She has been a model prisoner, and she is eligible for conditional liberty in November, 2010. However, given the precarious nature of her health and the forthcoming birth of her baby, we will be urging President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to secure Lori’s immediate release.

Background.

Lori is in her eighth month of pregnancy and very excited and busy preparing for the birth. Unfortunately the pregnancy has exacerbated her back pain and she expects to have back surgery as soon as appropriate after the baby is born.

1-Please call the White House hotline operator, 202-456-1111. Tell the hotline operator that you would like President Obama to secure the release of Lori Berenson who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Peru for more than 13 years and whose health is precarious.

2-Please contact Secretary of State Clinton. For your convenience a letter for you to print and sign appears on the recently updated www.freelori.org website.

Send your letter to:

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
US Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20510
202-647-4000
202-647-6575

Mark and Rhoda Berenson
berenson@freelori.org

English Website: www.freelori.org
Spanish Website: www.lorilibre.org

Posted by:
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
President, Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition (HWRC)