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29 Aug

Rachel Corrie’s death – We Divest Campaign

WeDivest.org
Dear The McGlynn, As you likely have heard by now, this morning in Haifa, Israel the verdict was
announced in the civil case brought by the Corrie family against the State of
Israel. The verdict was truly devastating. The judge found Rachel Corrie’s death
to be an accident, with no fault or responsibility for the Israeli
military. When she was killed, Rachel was attempting to defend a civilian home
in Rafah, Gaza from demolition with a Caterpillar bulldozer. This  verdict
reflects the impunity of the Israeli army and confirms the deficient
investigation undertaken by Israel after Rachel’s death.  You can see the press
release from the We Divest Campaign here.

In response to the verdict, Cindy and Craig Corrie, Rachel’s parents
said:

“We are deeply saddened and troubled by what we
heard today in the court of Judge Oded Gershon. This was a bad day, not only for
us, but for human rights, for humanity, the rule of law, and the country of
Israel. From the beginning, it was clear that there was a system to protect the
military and soldiers, to provide them impunity. This extends to the courts. The
diplomatic process failed us. The Israeli court system demonstrated that it
failed us too. Rachel was a human being who deserved accountability, and we as
her family deserve that too.”

With no justice in the courts, we are all responsible to bring justice and the end to
the occupation. The nonviolent tactics of boycotts and divestments campaigns as
called for by Palestinian civil society are the best tools we have. We and the
Rachel Corrie foundation urge you to take action and help spread the word about
the We Divest Campaign and our work to push TIAA-CREF divest from companies that
are profiting from the Israeli occupation, including the $1 billion they have
invested in Caterpillar Inc. in their general funds.

You can take action, and encourage others to, in the coming days by:

  1. Delivering a letter to TIAA-CREF offices, and remember
    Rachel as you do. Combine this with a larger event, or designate a few people to
    deliver the letter.  Register your planned action hereDownload a copy of our
    sample TIAA-CREF letter and we will e-mail you a poster of a Palestinian
    family impacted by demolitions using CAT equipment.  Our goal is to deliver
    letters to half of the 60 TIAA-CREF offices–some offices have already been
    visited!
  2. Print this image of Rachel.  Photograph yourself with it, and post it on our
  3. new Tumblr blog. We will gather images worldwide and also send them to the U.S. Department of
    State.
  4. Take part in a live conference call with the Corrie
    family, TOMORROW Wednesday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time/ 9:30
    p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To participate in the call, RSVP to rochelle@rachelcorriefoundation.org.
  5. Post news and announcements on Facebook and follow @WeDivest and @rcfoundation today on twitter and retweet!

Thank you for all you do,

Alissa Wise
National Coordinator of the We Divest Campaign

The We Divest Campaign is a national coalition initiated byJewish Voice for Peace in July 2010 and includes the American Friends Service Committee, Adalah-NY,Grassroots International, the US Palestinian Community Network, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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