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Protest Outside Office of Caterpillar Board Member
Wednesday, April 13th 2005 4:15 pm
New York City, New York


SAVE THE DATE AND ENDORSE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13 at 4:15 PM IN NYC
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST CATERPILLAR
PROTEST CATERPILLAR'S SUPPORT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

The International Solidarity Movement in Chicago and The US Campaign to End the Occupation have called for an International Day of Action Against Caterpillar on April 13, 2005.

Please plan to join us in New York City at 4:15 PM on April 13th at 845 3rd Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets as we protest outside the office of a Caterpillar Board Member. Groups, please also endorse this event, organized by Palestine Activists Forum of New York (PAFNY) and endorsed to date by the International Solidarity Movement - NYC and Jews Against the Occupation - NYC.

On April 13, 2005 cities all over the world -- from San Francisco to Stockholm, from Mobile
to Chicago -- will join in a day of action against Caterpillar human rights abuses. That day, Caterpillar shareholders will meet in Chicago and will discuss a resolution on sales of bulldozers to Israel. Groups around the world will be organizing local demonstrations at CAT-related locations, such as board of directors' offices or CAT dealerships, to send a strong message that cooperation in human rights abuses is unacceptable.


Caterpillar equipment is being used by the Israeli army to destroy roads, orchards, greenhouses, agricultural land and the homes of over 50,000 Palestinians. Dozens have died such as Nabila al-Shu'bi, who was pregnant when she was killed along with seven other family members in an illegal home demolition. Rachel Corrie, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, was murdered on March 16, 2003 in Rafah (Gaza) as she attempted to stop an illegal demolition. While US taxpayers foot the bill, Caterpillar profits from this illegal destruction.

At Caterpillar's 2004 annual shareholders meeting, CAT's Board of Directors successfully urged the defeat of a resolution calling on CAT to investigate whether it was adhering to its own "Corporate Code of Conduct" with regard to its sales to Israel. After calls from human rights organizations (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch), members of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, religious and social groups and victims themselves, CAT has the responsibility to investigate the ethics of selling bulldozers as weapons and profiting from human rights abuses.

On Wednesday April 13, CAT shareholders will meet again in Chicago. Join our peaceful protest in New York City to oppose Caterpillar's sale of bulldozers to Israel. Let's send the Board of Directors and CAT dealerships a strong message that complicity in human rights violations will not be tolerated.

Please e-mail ism_nyc@hotmail.com with endorsements and questions.



Contact:
International Solidarity Movement NY
ism_nyc@hotmail.com

Sponsored By:
Jews Against the Occupation - NY, International Solidarity Movement - NY, Palestine Activists Forum of New York, (more to come)


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