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Another September 11

Dear Editor:

You may not know it, but you have a sister society that could use your help to heal.

Colorado and Chile have a lot in common. Majestic valleys encompassed by phenomenal mountain ranges. Creative, hard-working, passionate people of character who endeavor to build concrete communities. And a collective memory of a catastrophic event that occurred on September 11. This is my reason for writing you today.



September 11 is a shared date of sorrow. We all know what happened to us on Sept. 11, 2001, and we know of our struggle to commemorate it. Few of us know what happened in Chile on Sept. 11, 1973, or of their long struggle to commemorate it.

On Sept. 11, 1973, a U.S.-backed coup d’etat (military overthrow of a government) resulted in the instillation of a neo-fascist junta (military-led government) in Chile. The coup replaced the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende with a military dictatorship run by Augusto Pinochet. Subsequently tens of thousands of people from multiple countries, including (but not limited to) North American, Latin American and European nations, and, of course, Chilean citizens were interrogated, tortured, maimed and killed. It has been 37 years since the coup, and finally a successful effort is being made to commemorate these events with a national memorial project. Social justice is on the line, please answer the call.




An organization, http://www.chilenationalstadiummemorial.com, needs your help to install pedestals that will memorialize specific locations at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. This fundraising effort is the brainchild of my mother, Dr. Pat Garrett (a U.S. citizen and living victim of the coup).

Chilenationalstadiummemorial.com is attempting to raise $10,000 to install comparative pedestals at the Estadio Nacional (which was one of the primary detention/execution centers). I am writing to implore you to support this worthy cause and help our joint healing of this cultural scar we both bear.

I am planning public showings of relevant documentaries and fundraising events in order to spread the word about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring closure to this dark chapter in our shared social consciousness. Please log on to chilenationalstadiummemorial.com or e-mail estadionacionalmemorial@gmail.com for more information regarding local events, how to contribute or volunteer opportunities.

Aaron Garrett-Schesch

New Castle


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