From June 30th through July 7th, Presbyterians from all over the United States will gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. During this gathering, commissioners elected from local Presbyterian communities will vote on many important matters, including a recommendation to divest from specified companies that profit from the Israeli abuse of Palestinian human rights. Among them are Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola.
The Presbyterian Church is known for its strong and consistent stance in support of Palestinian human rights. If it were to divest from these companies, it would be a massive victory for justice in Palestine. To this end, we encourage everyone who is able to get involved. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation provides a petition in support of divestment and excellent information about ways to support the Presbyterian activists who have made the issue of divestment so prominent in the Church. If you live in or near Olympia, and are interested in working on this issue within the church community, contact us to find out how to get involved in supporting these efforts.