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Support the Rachel Corrie Resolution!

July 21st, 2003


ACTION REQUESTED:

Fax,call, and/or email your Representative in Congress and ask him/her to cosponsor the Rachel Corrie Resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 111).

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Upon introduction of the resolution by Rep. Brian Baird [D WA-3], the Rachel Corrie Resolution was sent to the House International Relations Committee. As of March 13, 2004, the resolution had 56 cosponsors (see below for a list). The resolution is unlikely to move out of the committee without a critical mass of Representatives who sign the resolution as cosponsors. Our goal is to get as many Members of Congress as possible to sign on as cosponsors.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

To find fax and phone numbers for your Representative, see the US Campaign's Congressional Report Card at:  http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=59.  Unless indicated otherwise, all numbers begin with (202)22.

Or you can call the Congressional Switchboard at: 202-224-3121 or 800-839-5276.

To send an email to your Representative, see: http://www.cflweb.org/congress_merge_.htm.

Note: Faxing is considered to be the most effective way to influence Members of Congress. Phone calls are the next most effective way. Email is considered to be the least effective way.

OUTREACH TIPS:

If your Representative has already decided to cosponsor this resolution, please consider doing one or more of the following:

1) Contact your Representative and thank him/her for cosponsoring this resolution.

2) Contact your Representative and ask him/her, along with Rep. Baird, to circulate another Dear Colleague letter urging other Members of Congress to sign on to the resolution.

3) Contact your Senators and ask them to introduce this bill in the Senate. The Rachel Corrie Resolution is a "concurrent resolution," meaning that versions of it must be passed by both Houses.

BACKGROUND:

Rachel Corrie was a 23 year-old American college student who was killed by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer while trying to prevent nonviolently the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

Rachel was a constituent of Rep. Brian Baird [WA-3], who introduced a resolution in the House calling on the United States "to undertake a full, fair, and expeditious investigation into the death of Rachel Corrie." (full text below.)

According to the June 26, 2003 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) concluded its investigation into Rachel's death and "no disciplinary measures will be taken against any of those involved in the incident in which Corrie was killed." The IDF Southern Command concluded that the driver of the bulldozer did not see Rachel and did not intentionally run over her, despite eyewitness accounts to the contrary.

TALKING POINTS:

* It is important to pay our respects to those American citizens who died to protect the values that make our country great. Rachel Corrie died protecting the home of a family from being demolished by the army of a foreign military occupation. In so doing, Rachel was defending such American values as freedom, dignity, and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

* Rachel Corrie was an American citizen killed by a foreign army and a U.S. investigation is necessary to determine the circumstances of her death and ensure that this type of incident does not happen again.

* According to the June 26, 2003 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) concluded its investigation into Rachel Corrie's death and "no disciplinary measures will be taken against any of those involved in the incident in which Corrie was killed." The IDF Southern Command concluded that the driver of the bulldozer did not see Rachel and did not intentionally run over her, despite eyewitness accounts to the contrary. The contradiction between the IDF and eyewitness accounts makes an independent U.S. investigation into Rachel's death even more imperative.

* Supporting this resolution is not being "anti-Israel." On the contrary, this resolution strengthens the U.S.-Israel relationship by encouraging the two countries to work together to ensure the protection of the lives of American citizens engaged in human rights and humanitarian work.

MODEL LETTER:

Dear Representative __________,

I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor to H.Con.Res. 111, the Rachel Corrie Resolution. Rachel Corrie was a 23 year-old American college student who was killed by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bulldozer while trying to prevent nonviolently the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

It is important to pay our respects to those American citizens who died to protect the values that make our country great. Rachel Corrie died protecting the home of a family from being demolished by the army of a foreign military occupation. In so doing, Rachel was defending such American values as freedom, dignity, and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This resolution calls for a U.S. investigation which is necessary to determine the circumstances of her death and ensure that this type of incident does not happen again. The resolution is not "anti-Israel." On the contrary, this resolution strengthens the U.S.-Israel relationship by encouraging the two countries to work together to ensure the protection of the lives of American citizens engaged in human rights and humanitarian work.

According to the June 26, 2003 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, "no disciplinary measures will be taken against any of those involved in the incident in which Corrie was killed." The IDF Southern Command determined that the driver of the bulldozer did not see Rachel and did not intentionally run over her, despite eyewitness accounts to the contrary. The contradiction between the IDF and eyewitness accounts makes it even more imperative for the United States to conduct an impartial investigation into Rachel's death.

I look forward to receiving a reply from you and will continue to follow developments regarding this important resolution.

Sincerely,

(Add personal contact information here)

US Campaign's Congressional District Coordinators Network

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Text of the Rachel Corrie Resolution

H. CON. RES. 111

Expressing sympathy for the loss of Rachel Corrie in the Palestinian village of Rafah in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 25, 2003

Mr. BAIRD (for himself, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. INSLEE, Mr. SMITH of Washington, Mr. DICKS, Mr. LARSEN of Washington, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. WU, Mr. HONDA, Ms. ESHOO, and Mrs. CAPPS) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing sympathy for the loss of Rachel Corrie in the Palestinian village of Rafah in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) expresses its sympathy to Craig and Cynthia Corrie and to their extended families, friends, and co-workers for the loss of Rachel Corrie in the Palestinian village of Rafah in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003;

(2) calls on the United States Government to undertake a full, fair, and expeditious investigation into the death of Rachel Corrie; and

(3) encourages the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel to work together to determine all the circumstances that led to this incident and to ensure that an incident of this kind never occurs again.

Current Cosponsors of the Rachel Corrie Resolution

Sponsor

Rep Baird, Brian - 3/25/2003 [WA-3]

Cosponsors

Rep Abercrombie, Neil - 3/31/2003 [HI-1] Rep Baldwin, Tammy - 5/15/2003 [WI-2]
Rep Bell, Chris - 11/20/2003 [TX-25] Rep Blumenauer, Earl - 4/3/2003 [OR-3]
Rep Camp, Dave - 4/29/2003 [MI-4] Rep Capps, Lois - 3/25/2003 [CA-23]
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 9/3/2003 [MI-14] Rep Davis, Danny K. - 5/20/2003 [IL-7]
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 4/29/2003 [OR-4] Rep Dicks, Norman D. - 3/25/2003 [WA-6]
Rep Dingell, John D. - 4/3/2003 [MI-15] Rep Doggett, Lloyd - 5/21/2003 [TX-10]
Rep Dunn, Jennifer - 4/3/2003 [WA-8] Rep Emanuel, Rahm - 7/23/2003 [IL-5]
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. - 3/25/2003 [CA-14] Rep Etheridge, Bob - 7/23/2003 [NC-2]
Rep Farr, Sam - 10/28/2003 [CA-17] Rep Grijalva, Raul M. - 6/2/2003 [AZ-7]
Rep Holt, Rush D. - 9/3/2003 [NJ-12] Rep Honda, Michael M. - 3/25/2003 [CA-15]
Rep Inslee, Jay - 3/25/2003 [WA-1] Rep Issa, Darrell E. - 6/26/2003 [CA-49]
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. - 5/5/2003 [IL-2] Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 9/24/2003 [TX-18]
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice - 6/26/2003 [TX-30] Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. - 4/8/2003 [RI-1]
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. - 6/2/2003 [MI-13] Rep Kind, Ron - 5/13/2003 [WI-3]
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. - 5/1/2003 [OH-10] Rep LaHood, Ray - 7/8/2003 [IL-18]
Rep Larsen, Rick - 3/25/2003 [WA-2] Rep Lee, Barbara - 4/3/2003 [CA-9]
Rep Lewis, John - 3/25/2003 [GA-5] Rep Lofgren, Zoe - 4/29/2003 [CA-16]
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. - 2/25/2004 [MA-9] Rep Markey, Edward J. - 7/9/2003 [MA-7]
Rep McCarthy, Karen - 1/27/2004 [MO-5] Rep McDermott, Jim - 3/25/2003 [WA-7]
Rep McGovern, James P. - 4/8/2003 [MA-3] Rep Miller, George - 4/29/2003 [CA-7]
Rep Moran, James P. - 5/13/2003 [VA-8] Rep Myrick, Sue - 4/29/2003 [NC-9]
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 6/10/2003 [DC] Rep Oberstar, James L. - 6/10/2003 [MN-8]
Rep Olver, John W. - 4/29/2003 [MA-1] Rep Payne, Donald M. - 2/3/2004 [NJ-10]
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II - 3/31/2003 [WV-3] Rep Sabo, Martin Olav - 5/20/2003 [MN-5]
Rep Sanders, Bernard - 3/4/2004 [VT] Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh - 3/4/2004 [NY-28]
Rep Smith, Adam - 3/25/2003 [WA-9] Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 4/8/2003 [CA-13]
Rep Udall, Mark - 5/15/2003 [CO-2] Rep Watt, Melvin L. - 4/29/2003 [NC-12]
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 4/29/2003 [CA-6] Rep Wu, David - 3/25/2003 [OR-1]