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Join the 2013 We Divest Day of Action as TIAA-CREF Shareholders Meet!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 20th, 2013

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In less than five weeks, cities around the U.S. will take action for justice in Palestine. Will your city be one of them?

On July 16, TIAA-CREF -- target of the national We Divest Campaign to compel the financial retirement fund giant to divest from companies involved in the Israeli occupation -- will hold their annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. In preparation, last week, millions of CREF investors received proxy reports allowing them to vote on resolutions related to their investments.

But the ballot had a very troubling omission.

Missing was a resolution filed by more than 200 investors calling on CREF to divest from companies doing business in support of Israel's egregious abuses of Palestinian rights. In spite of the growing movement to end U.S. institutional support for the Israeli occupation -- with increasing mainstream media attention, campus and church boycott and divestment victories, and so much more -- TIAA-CREF claimed that the occupation was not a "significant social policy issue" and so the company had no need to hear the perspectives of its clients on the issue.

If TIAA-CREF thought it could silence support for divestment, it thought wrong! It's time to mobilize!

Join the We Divest National Day of Action on July 16th! No matter who or where you are, you can help send a strong, unified message that home demolitions, segregated roads, and military assaults on Palestinian communities do not fit TIAA-CREF's tagline: "for the greater good."

Please click here if you'd like to organize an action in your local community!

The We Divest Campaign can provide posters, flyers, chant/song sheets, and ideas for where you can stage the protest. Please sign up today for more details!

If you can be in Charlotte on July 16th, even better! TIAA-CREF participants supporting divestment are entitled to attend but cannot, and many are asking supporters like you to attend as proxies in their stead. Will you or someone you know help boost attendance?

Please click here to let us know if you can be in Charlotte!

In 2011, when TIAA-CREF did the same thing, 22 cities participated in a Day of Action. From Charlotte to all corners of the country, let's match or exceed that number this year. Click here to sign up and get started!

And don't forget to spread the word easily on Facebook and Twitter!