Cindy and Craig's Blog »

With the placement of this memorial, Rachel has come home

On October 23, 2013 a memorial to Rachel Corrie was placed at The Evergreen State College. The piece created by international artist and Evergreen graduate Ross Matteson and entitled “Reflecting on Peace and Justice” is a bronze and polished steel representation of a dove on the tip of a pyramid. It was a very moving and powerful event. Below is a video of the dedication event, followed by the text of Cindy Corrie and Ross Matteson’s remarks from that day.

YouTube Preview Image

Remarks by Cindy Corrie – On Behalf of the Corrie Family and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Good Afternoon.  The physical installation of this memorial sculpture has, of course, taken some time.  I have been on the Evergreen campus since the sculpture was positioned here, but I have avoided coming to see until this moment.  I wanted to share my first encounter with the memorial in this very special place with all of you, who have come to dedicate this remembrance of Rachel and her commitment to peace with justice, and peace with compassion, and, also, to dedicate the call to awareness and action that the memorial and Rachel’s story require of us.  As I have pondered what to share in these few minutes (without keeping you all standing much longer than you would want) I keep coming back to one sensation, very real for me, that with the placing of this powerful piece – a product of so much love and commitment – in this location, and on the Evergreen campus, that Rachel has come home.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 by .

In the Media, News and Updates »

Memorial to Rachel Corrie to be installed at The Evergreen State College

UPDATE: Video of the event available here.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, has announced the dedication tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, of a sculptural tribute to Rachel Corrie. The piece created by international artist and Evergreen graduate Ross Matteson and entitled “Reflecting on Peace and Justice” is a bronze and polished steel representation of a dove on the tip of a pyramid.

The dedication event on the third floor of the College Activities Building on the Olympia campus at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks from Evergreen Provost, Michael Zimmerman and sculptor Ross Matteson. Cindy Corrie will speak on behalf of the Rachel Corrie Foundation and the Corrie family, followed by short readings of Rachel’s writing by faculty and students.

During past years, community supporters and conference attendees have had glimpses of the sculpture at major Rachel Corrie Foundation events, while Evergreen faculty, staff, students, and alumni have continued to advocate for its permanent placement on campus. We at the Rachel Corrie Foundation are delighted with Evergreen’s decision to provide a home for the sculpture in the College Activities Building (CAB). As we continue to mark these ten years since Rachel took a stand in Gaza, it is particularly heartening to know that she and her message will be remembered and reflected upon in this beautiful way and in this place so important to her. Artist Ross Matteson notes that the piece

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 by .

Events »

Recently Featured on CNN’s Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain-The Gaza Kitchen Tour is Coming to Olympia!

Come watch the demonstration, have lunch and learn how to make traditional Gazan cuisine while being taken on a cultural journey through life in Gaza. Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt are co-authors of the award winning documentary cookbook The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey, which has been praised by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Claudia Roden, and Nancy Harmon Jenkins.

Nov.3rd @ 11am-1pm at The Flaming Eggplant in The Evergreen State College (2700 Evergreen Parkway NW- CAB 304, Olympia, WA. 98505)

View Larger Map

Author Laila El-Haddad, a key voice for understanding the situation in Gaza, was recently featured in a segment of CNN’s Parts Unknown with CNN food and travel host Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain says of The Gaza Kitchen,

“An important book on an egregiously under appreciated, under-reported area of gastronomy. This is old school in the best possible meaning of the term.”

Through her blog and book Gaza Mom and her work as a journalist, documentarian, media activist, public speaker and policy advisor, El-Haddad provides rare insight into the human experience of the region. Originally from Gaza, she now lives in Maryland.

Maggie Schmitt is a researcher and activist working in various media (writing, photography, video, and participatory methodologies) on the intersections between ‘big’ politics and ordinary daily life. Based in Madrid, she has worked in various countries around the Mediterranean.

When their cookbook project launched in 2009, the authors wrote,

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by .

Events »

The International Experimental Shorts Film Festival! Q&A with filmmaker to follow.

Home Movies Gaza – a 2013 short film by Palestinian filmmaker Basma Alsharif will screen as part of the 30th annual Olympia Film Festival at Capitol Theater, Sunday, November 10, at 4 p.m.  The film is part of The International Experimental Shorts segment of the festival sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation.  Seven short films with a total screening time of 74 min will be featured, followed by Q&A with filmmakers Basma Alshariff and Erick Lyle.

“…Basma Alsharif’s Home Movies Gaza, a film that captures the impossibly politicized domestic sphere of the Gaza Strip, under the constant hum and buzz of overhead drones.” – Omar Kholeif, Art Agenda, March 4th, 2013

Basma Alsharif was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents in 1983. She is a visual artist using moving and still images, sound, and language to explore the anonymous individual in relation to political history and collective memory.  Since receiving an MFA from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois – Chicago in 2007, she has worked between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, Gaza, and most recently Paris.  Her work operates between cinema and installation. Her work wavers between fiction and fantasy to experiment with non-linear narratives that explore subjective experiences in relation to political landscapes.  Using language as a response to images and images as a response to the aesthetic of text, she attempts to reveal the unreliability of facts, history, numbers, and statistics.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by .

Events »

Seattle Arab Festival- October 12 & 13

Come visit us at the Seattle Arab Festival @ Fisher Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, October 12th & 13th, each day from 11 till 7!

We will have Canaan Fair Trade Olive oils, Za’atar, tapenades and more! The festival is set to include vendors, performers, special guests, talks/demos/panels and more! See a full description here.

This event is hosted by our friends, the Arab Center of Washington. ACW’s vision is to strengthen relationships between Arabs, Arab Americans and the wider community and to see all people in the Pacific Northwest region benefit from ACW programs and services, while gaining an enhanced, realistic understanding of what it means to be Arab.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 by .