Supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement
The Rachel Corrie Foundation supports the Unified Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions launched in July 2005 and the global BDS movement for Palestine.
In our work, we have been witness to the lack of intention or will on the part of the Israeli and U.S. Governments to secure freedom, equality, self-determination and security for all in Palestine/Israel, and the inability of the international community to do so. We are keenly aware of Palestinians who have lived under oppression for over sixty years and of their Israeli counterparts who have felt the consequences of their government’s unjust policies — many of whom have struggled in solidarity with their neighbors for decades to change these policies. Step by step, action by action, we must build support for justice and equality for all in Palestine/Israel — support that government leaders will not be able to dismiss. Rachel Corrie took a stand in March 2003 for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition. We believe the Olympia Food Co-op, of which she was a member, now stands with millions throughout the world who say, “Enough.”
There are a number of different ongoing campaigns nationwide that supporters of human rights for Palestinians can become involved in. Locally, the Rachel Corrie Foundation is working to defend the gains of our Olympia Coop, the first food institution to implement a full boycott, to push for a boycott of Caterpillar, and to support efforts by members of the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to divest from companies profiting from the occupation. For information on volunteering with RCF, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a volunteer form. For more information on national campaigns, and other local campaigns in Olympia, see the list below.
Olympia BDS – Olympia BDS is a grassroots network of community members in Olympia, WA, joining the call by Palestinian civil society for a nonviolent, global movement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel, until it meets the requirements of human rights and international law.
TESC Divest! at the Evergreen State College – TESC Divest! is a student-led organization in Olympia, Washington working to end Evergreen State College’s complicity in Israel’s abuses of Palestinian human rights through the non-violent tactic of divestment.
U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) – USACBI is a U.S.-based campaign focused on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, responding to the call of Palestinian civil society to join the BDS movement against Israel.
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation – The U.S. Campaign is a coalition of over 380 local, regional, and national groups working to end U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem through a variety of strategies, including BDS. The Rachel Corrie Foundation is one of the member organizations of the U.S. Campaign.
We Divest – We Divest is a campaign by Jewish Voice for Peace – the largest US-based grassroots organization dedicated to promoting full equality, democracy, and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians – to pressure TIAA-CREF, one of the largest financial services companies in the United States, to divest from the Israeli occupation.