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Come to Charlotte on Tuesday for a Major Day of Action!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
July 12th, 2011

Next Tuesday, eyes will be on Charlotte, North Carolina, for a big protest outside the annual shareholder meeting of financial services giant TIAA-CREF! People are flying in from thousands of miles away. Will you be there?

For more than a year, tens of thousands of people around the country have taken part in the
"We Divest" Campaign, calling on TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola, Veolia, and other companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.

Last year, dozens protested outside TIAA-CREF's annual shareholder meeting in New York City. This year, TIAA-CREF moved the meeting to Charlotte, perhaps to avoid protests by supporters of Palestinian human rights?

I know from touring the region that TIAA-CREF has underestimated the Southeast! Let's show TIAA-CREF how people of conscience respond to organizations profiting from human rights abuses. Like Caterpillar, which also recently
moved its shareholders meeting to try to avoid us, TIAA-CREF can run but it can't hide!

Be there Tuesday!
Where:
TIAA-CREF Charlotte Office
8500 Andrew Carnegie Blvd.
Charlotte, NC

When:
Tuesday, July 19th, 12:30 pm

Email "We Divest"
Campaign organizer Liza Behrendt now for more details.

View an invitation to Tuesday's protest, which you can download and distribute.

Protesters will deliver an open letter to TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson.
Click here to sign it too!



Above: York City flash mob calls for "We Divest" action on July 19. Click to watch.


With Charlotte's protest at the center, there will also be actions around the country on July 19th. New York City activists put on an amazing flash mob in Times Square to educate others about TIAA-CREF's investment in the occupation, and the day of action. View the inspiring video here and spread the word!

If you can't be in Charlotte, but still want to demonstrate, 
email "We Divest" Campaign organizer Lev Hirschhorn now.

Earlier this spring, TIAA-CREF -- which presents itself as committed to social responsibility and transparency --
suppressed a resolution proposed by shareholders asking TIAA-CREF to start engaging persuasively with companies profiting from the occupation.

Converge on Charlotte next Tuesday to tell TIAA-CREF to stop censoring its investors and to stop investing in the occupation!


Anna Baltzer
National Organizer





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