Mission & Guiding Principles
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish, and carries out that work with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind. We conduct and support programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities. The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace.
- Education: We conduct and support projects that educate for peace and justice.
- Connections: We conduct and support projects that foster connections and understanding between peoples on global and local levels with initial and continuing emphasis in the Middle East.
- Art & the Written Word: We conduct and support projects that promote the use of art and the written word in fostering justice and peace.
- Grassroots Participation: We conduct and support projects that educate for, encourage, and facilitate active, individual grassroots participation in bringing to fruition a positive world vision.
In its work the Foundation is guided by the following principles which reflect the vision, philosophy, spirit, and style of Rachel Corrie in whose memory it was founded:
- We believe that injustice must be challenged and that human rights and resistance to oppression “must be included in the way we define ourselves as a community.”
- We believe that education for justice and peace is a basic skill that must be universally nurtured.
- While supporting the advancement of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for all, we will emphasize efforts to alleviate the burden on women and children, who too often suffer the most.
- We are committed to the principles and practice of non-violence and to their advancement as means of effecting change.
- We view art, the written word, and other forms of creative expression as valuable tools for building understanding, respect and appreciation for differences and cooperation between peoples. We value and seek creative, and even unconventional, approaches to problems.
- We agree with Rachel that it is important to make commitments to people and places. We will continue the commitment to Rafah that she initiated and intended to maintain.