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Take Action: 10 Years Later, Remember Rachel Corrie

March 12th, 2013

Honor Rachel by Continuing Struggle for Peace and Justice 

On Saturday, March 16, our member group the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice will mark the 10th anniversary of Rachel's stand in Gaza.

In 2003, 23-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by the Israeli military with a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in Rafah, Gaza. Ten years later there continues to be a lack of a proper investigation and accountability for her death on the part of both the Israeli and U.S. governments. 

The organization and the Corrie family are calling on individuals, groups, and communities to take action this week to remember Rachel and continue the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. As Rachel wrote: “The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable. We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.”

Let's mark this anniversary by renewing our commitment to ending U.S. institutional support for Israeli occupation and apartheid and to working for Palestinian human rights, equality, and freedom.

What you can do!

Tell Caterpillar to own up to its business with Israel and to end its complicity in violations of human rights and international law. At the recent AIPAC policy conference, Caterpillar was featured on a panel entitled "Foreign Aid: The Vital Role of U.S. Assistance." Call Caterpillar out for continuing to profit from crimes against Palestinians.  

Tell President Obama to use his upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank to demand Israeli compliance with U.S. laws and policies. Remind him that there has been no accountability for Rachel, Furkan Dogan-a U.S. citizen killed by Israel on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and other U.S. citizens harmed by Israel, or for the countless Palestinian civilians injured and killed by U.S. weapons in Israeli military attacks. Choose from these talking points and send your own message. 

Plan an event, show a film, and/or write a letter to the editor. Use this week to make some noise and be visible in our support for Palestinian human rights! Check out these ideas for actions and visuals or come up with your own. Email your plans and then photos to info@rachelcorriefoundation.org.

Honor Rachel and her commitment to justice by taking action this week and beyond to support dignity, equality, and freedom.