The November Coalition recieves the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

June 22, 2000

November Coalition
795 South Cedar
Colville, WA 99114

Dear Nora:

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the November Coalition has been chosen to be the recipient of a Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights award in October 2000 in Washington, DC.

The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights awards were established 24 years ago to honor two of our colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies who were assassinated in Washington, DC by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet: Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt.

Each year, a committee made up of leaders of the human rights community selects awardees in two categories (one to honor Orlando and one to honor Ronni):

  • International human rights work: This award recognizes an outstanding organization or individual (or both) from Latin America and the Carribean that has championed human rights.
  • U.S. human rights work: This award recognizes an outstanding organization or individual (or both) in the United States that has championed human rights in this country.

The November Coalition has been selected to receive the 2000 award for domestic human rights work. The selection committee chose your organization in recognition of your collective struggle against one of the great injustices of our time. As with political prisoners the world over, the thought that keeps many other prisoners going is the knowledge that they have not been forgotten by the world they were forced to leave behind. Thank you for reminding us of our war against our fellow citizens - and for reminding us of our common obligation to seek their freedom.

I enclose a list of past recipients to give you a sense of the good company in which you are being honored.

The awards ceremony will be held in the National Geographic Society auditorium in Washington, DC on either Thursday, October 5 or Monday, October16 (the date will be determined by the availability of the entertainer). I or someone from our staff will get in touch soon to begin discussing details.

We hope you could spend 2-3 days with us in Washington, DC before the award ceremony during which we would help arrange meetings, press interviews, and other events that would be of help in your work. We will also pay for the costs of your travel and accommodations to Washington during this period.

On behalf of the entire selection committee, let me congratulate you for this award.


John Cavanagh
Director, Institute for Policy Studies

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