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End the Assault on Gaza: URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 7-24-2014

URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION THURSDAY, JULY 24

END THE ASSAULT ON GAZA AND LIFT THE BLOCKADE

 Please join us this Thursday, July 24, in this urgent call to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza and end the 7-year siege that has made life there so miserable. In this latest round of violence, over 600 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. According to the UN, 72 percent of those are civilians, including over 80 children. One hundred thousand are displaced and living in makeshift shelters; electricity has been reduced to four hours a day for 80% of the population; water has been cut off to hundreds of thousands; sewage is flowing into the sea; hospitals have been bombed and there are shortages of everything from food to medicines. We must act now!
We encourage you, both organizations and individuals, to hold actions and events in your communities this Thursday, July 24th. We are grateful for all the actions that have taken place and that will continue, but doing something together on one day can help demonstrate the breadth of our movement and of our concern. Whether you can get out a crowd or just a few people, please do something!
Here are some possibilities:
  • Visit your local Congressional office and invite the media to join you in asking questions of your elected officials/staff; you might also consider a call-in, preferably in a public place, to your representatives, the White House and State Department.
Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by .

Get Involved »

Olympia Arab Fest Shuruq II

There are many ways you can help!

Arab FestivalArab Fest Shuruq II 2014

Saturday October 4, 2014 from 11am – 7pm

at the Olympia Center

222 Columbia Street NW

Olympia, WA 98501

(see event announcement here)

In 2012, hundreds of community members came out to support and celebrate the Arab World and our connection to it. It was such a success that the Rachel Corrie Foundation is bringing it back for another year! 

How you can help:

  • If you would like to become a cosponsor for this event, please fill out the Co-sponsor Form and return it to our office.
  • If you are interested in performing at the festival, representing a Country Booth, or volunteering, please email info@rachelcorriefoundation.org for more information.

We will be having weekly meetings for the next month for planning and organizing. Join us!

We are also creating a group of volunteers who would like to participate in anyway that they can on the day of the Arab Festival.  There are numerous ways in which people can help. Contact us for more information.

It is getting close to the Arab Festival and we are making a big push to make it all happen! Get involved, save the date, tell your friends and family – JOIN US!

 

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by .

Events »

Crisis in Israel/Palestine: Discussion of Recent Events

Tuesday, July 15th,  7:00-9 PM

Traditions Cafe in Downtown Olympia

300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA

The Escalating Crisis in Israel/Palestine:

A Discussion of Recent Events

Event links on Facebook and Twitter

(please help forward announcement)

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for a panel discussion and open Q & A about the current crisis in Israel/Palestine.  With the collapse of the Peace Process, the establishment of a unity government, and recent deaths on both sides, what do we need to know?  What is the media telling us and what is being left out? Come discuss what our response as tax-paying citizens who fund the actions taken by the Israeli military should be.

Moderator: Andrew Meyer, RCF Staff

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Karam Dana is a Palestinian-American academic. He is an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His Middle East-related research explores elite politics in Palestinian society in the 1920s and 1930s, Palestinian public opinion, the intersection between economics and politics and the changing state-society relations in the Arab Middle East.

Sallie Shawl retired after 30 years in social service work in Tacoma, is a founding member of the Tacoma chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace as well as Puget Sound Interfaith Youth Camp. Shawl vowed that “Never Again” means “Never Again for all people,” and it is her Jewish upbringing of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you” that propels her forward in her work for Palestinian human rights and a just peace.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 by .

Events »

Olympia Arab Fest Shuruq II

Coming October 4, 2014. See event announcement. Save the date and get involved!

 

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by .

In the Media, News and Updates »

In Memory of Dr. Maya Angelou: A Message from Cindy Corrie

We are full of gratitude for your inspiration and generosity.

Rachel and I cherished your words and learned from your example of courage and grace. What a gift it was to our family when you, in turn, read Rachel’s words.

Joy and celebration for the life you lived and the voice you shared. Sadness and solidarity with all those you inspired and continue to inspire.

We will always remember.

With love and admiration,

Cindy Corrie

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Dr. Maya Angelou Reads Rachel Corrie’s Email in 2006

Also see a “Blessings from Maya Angelou” by Jen Marlowe

Posted on May 28, 2014 by .