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Rachel Corrie Verdict to Be Announced -- TAKE ACTION!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
August 22nd, 2012

Rachel Corrie

After more than 9 years of struggling for justice for their daughter, Cindy and Craig Corrie are in Haifa awaiting the verdict of their civil lawsuit against the Israeli Ministry of Defense and State. The Corries are seeking long-overdue transparency and accountability for Rachel's 2003 murder with a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer as she attempted to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in Rafah, Gaza.

Cindy, Craig, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (RCF) are asking you to stand with them as the verdict is announced next Tuesday, on the morning of August 28th in the following ways:

Between this Sunday, August 26th and Sunday, September 2nd, deliver letters to TIAA-CREF offices, and remember Rachel as you do. Honoring Rachel includes ending corporate profiteering from Israel's occupation and home demolition policies and supporting efforts like the We Divest Campaign to pressure investment firm TIAA-CREF to divest from companies like Caterpillar. These companies profit from destruction wreaked upon Palestinian families, their farms, their economy, and their lives. You can combine this with a larger event, or designate a few people to do the delivery. While TIAA-CREF recently removed Caterpillar from its Social Choice accounts, it still holds over a billion dollars of Caterpillar stock.

Will you help the Rachel Corrie Foundation exceed their goal of delivering letters to half of the 60 TIAA-CREF offices nationwide? 

Please click here to:

A. Register your plans so RCF can post your action to their website and e-mail you a poster to use.
Download a copy of the sample TIAA-CREF letter.
C. Send photos and videos from your action for a nationwide social media campaign to show the strong support for TIAA-CREF to divest. 

Photograph yourself with this image of Rachel and post it to the RCF's new Tumblr blog.  Deliver the photo to the nearest Israeli Consulate, demanding accountability and an end to home demolitions. The RCF will send every image to the U.S. Department of State.

Join the Corries for a Live Conference Call on Wednesday, August 29th, 9:30 pm Eastern Time. Click here for more details and to RSVP. Host a house party or community gathering for those who want to join the call. 

Sign this petition in support of the campaign to pressure TIAA-CREF to divest.

As Palestinians and their supporters mark Rachel's verdict with actions to challenge the escalation of home demolitions and displacements in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, the Hebron Hills, the Negev, and beyond, we here in the United States have a particular responsibility to oppose U.S. institutional support for Israel's occupation and apartheid policies and the impunity that allows it to continue.

In the words of the Rachel Corrie Foundation:

[We] hope the outcome will provide some measure of justice for Rachel's killing; but regardless, the larger struggle for justice and equal rights continues [inspired] by Rachel's work and her belief that all Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace with dignity and equality... Together, we can seize the moment. We can tell Rachel's story. Most of all, we can cry out with her message of equality and human rights and for her call to end home demolitions and the Israeli occupation!

Let us come together for this tremendous opportunity to honor Rachel and her commitment to justice.