Organizations Call on the National Building Museum to Not Reward Human Rights Violations!

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On July 27th, the National Building Museum announced that Caterpillar Inc. is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology.

We, the undersigned organizations, strongly believe that Caterpillar’s business practices do not align with the spirit of the Henry C. Turner Prize and are in direct conflict with the National Building Museum’s principles. We urge the National Building Museum and the Henry C. Turner Prize jury to rescind designation of this award to Caterpillar Inc. and identify an alternative nominee whose values and principles are maintained at the standard expected of a Turner Prize recipient.

Caterpillar Inc. has a long history of complicity in extensive human rights abuses and violations of international law within the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For decades, Caterpillar equipment has been used to demolish thousands of Palestinian homes, leaving more than 50,000 civilians displaced. Palestinian and international civilians have been killed and injured in such demolitions. Caterpillar machinery is instrumental in construction of Israel’s illegal separation-annexation wall, in destruction of Palestinian olive groves and farmland, and in extensive construction of Israeli settlements that illegally expropriate Palestinian land.

Caterpillar long has been on notice about the pattern of Israeli human rights violations committed with its equipment, yet it continues to sell to the Israeli government, putting corporate profit before human rights.

Please rescind designation of the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology to Caterpillar Inc. and to identify an alternative nominee whose values and principles are maintained at the standard expected of a Turner Prize recipient. 

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153 Endorsing Organizations and the list is growing…


  1. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
  2. Jewish Voice for Peace
  3. U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
  4. Code Pink
  5. Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace
  6. Center for Constitutional Rights
  7. United for Peace and Justice
  8. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)-USA
  9. Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
  10. Fellowship of Reconciliation USA
  11. National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee
  12. National Lawyers Guild International Committee
  13. US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  14. Institute for Policy Studies, NI Project
  15. Friends Of Sabeel-North America
  16. Free Gaza Movement
  17. Rebuilding Alliance
  18. Interfaith Peace-Builders
  19. International Solidarity Movement – USA
  20. Loretto Community Investment Committee
  21. Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
  22. American Muslims for Palestine
  23. If Americans Knew
  24. Council for the National Interest
  25. Americans Committed to Justice and Truth-ACJT
  26. Artists Against Apartheid
  27. Global Exchange
  1. Wisconsin Middle East Lobby Group, Germantown, Wisconsin
  2. Friends of Palestine, Germantown, Wisconsin
  3. Trickle Up Films, Olympia, Washington
  4.  Al-Nakba Awareness Project, Eugene, Oregon
  5. People for Justice in Palestine, Iowa City, Iowa
  6. Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Madison, Wisconsin
  7. Friends of Palestine, San Rafael, California
  8. Olympia YAYA, Olympia, Washington
  9. Jews Say No!, New York, New York
  10. Olympia Jewish Voice for Peace, Olympia, Washington
  11. Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Olympia, Washington
  12. Friends of Palestine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  13. Alliance for Justice in the Middle East, Harvard University
  14. TESC Divest, Evergreen State College
  15. Peace Action, Portland, Maine
  16. Youngstown Coalition for Peace in the Middle East, Youngstown, Ohio
  17. Holy Cross Melkite-Greek Catholic Church, Placentia, California
  18. Youngstown Coalition for Peace in the Middle East
  19. Denver BDS, Denver, Colorado
  20. Bay Area Women In Black, California
  21. Women In Black, Idyllwild, California
  22. Women In Black, Union Square, New York, New York
  23. Women in Black, Berkeley, California
  24. Utahns For a Just Peace in the Holy Land
  25. Americans Committed To Justice and Truth, Dufur, Oregon
  26. Our Developing World, Saratoga, California
  27. California Divestment Initiative, Chico CA Chapter
  28. Israel Divestment Campaign – California
  29. Committee for Palestinian Rights, Howard County, Maryland
  30. Radio Free Maine, Augusta, Maine
  31. North Alabama Peace Network, Huntsville, Alabama
  32. CNY Working for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel, Cazenovia, New York
  33. Progressive Democrats of America, Chapter Chair, Mercer County, New Jersey
  34. Vancouver For Peace, Vancouver, Washington
  35. Labor for Palestine- New York City Labor Against the War, New York
  36. Move to Amend, Olympia, Washington
  37. VFP #109 Rachel Corrie Chapter, Olympia, Washington
  38. Justice First Foundation, Inc., West Kingston, Rhode Island
  39. Peace Action, Montgomery, Maryland
  40. WESPAC Foundation, White Plains, New York
  41. National Lawyers Guild, Michigan Chapter
  42. Citizen of the World, Cummington, Maine
  43. Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA), New York, New York
  44. Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel at Stanford
  45. Students for Justice in Palestine American University
  46. Siege Busters Working Group, Brooklyn, New York
  47. Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  48. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Boise Chapter, Idaho
  49. World Peace Society, Holualoa, Hawaii
  50. MidEast: JustPeace, Cedar, Michigan
  51. Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)
  52. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
  53. Palestine Solidarity Committee, Seattle, Washington
  54. Coalition for Peace With Justice, North Carolina
  55. Peace for Palestine, Boston, Massachusetts
  56. Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR), Massachusetts
  57. Seattle Mideast Awareness Committee (Sea-MAC), Seattle, Washington
  58. Olympia BDS, Washington
  59. Palestine Action Group, Corvallis, Oregon
  60. Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War, Michigan
  61. Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Illinois
  62. American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, Nashville, Tennessee
  63. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-ADC, Chicago, Illinois
  64. Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship, Oakland, California
  65. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, New York, New York
  66. Free Palestine Network, Berkeley California
  67. Carlisle Peace College, Sandy Spring, Maryland
  68. Chico Palestine Action Group, California
  69. Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Indianapolis, Indiana
  70. Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, Fairway, Kansas
  71. Committee for Palestinian Rights, Columbia, Maryland
  72. Friends of Sabeel-Colorado, Littleton, Colorado
  73. Tikkun, Chicago, Illinois
  74. Holy Cross Melkite-Greek Catholic Church, Placentia, California
  75. Indigenous Youth Sovereignty Project, Denver, Colorado
  76. Inter-faith Community for Palestinian Rights, Austin, Texas
  77. International Solidarity Movement, Northern California
  78. Jewish Voice for Peace, Denver, Colorado
  79. Jewish Voice for Peace, Portland, Oregon
  80. Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles, California
  81. Jewish Voice for Peace, Chicago, Illinois
  82. LA Jews for Peace, Los Angeles, California
  83. Manos de Cristo Fellowship Church of the Brethren, South Bend,Indiana
  84. Maui Peace Action, Pukalani, Hawaii
  85. Palestine Justice Network, Brooklyn,New York
  86. People for Justice in Palestine, Iowa City, Iowa
  87. Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California
  88. United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force, Culver City, California
  89. Veterans for Peace, Crestline Cahpter, California
  90. Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine DeRicci, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  91. CNY Working for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel, New York
  92. Corvallis-Albany Friends of Middle East Peace, Oregon
  93. Committee to Defend Palestinian Human Rights, Bridgton, Maine
  94. Palestine Solidarity Committee, Seattle, Washington
  1. Palestine Justice Network, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem
  2. Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem
  3. Machsom Watch, Jerusalem
  4. Alternative Information Center (AIC), Jerusalem
  5. Arab Educational Institute, Jerusalem
  6. New Profile, Herzlia, Israel
  7. Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, Israel
  8. Canada Palestine Association
  9. EuroPalestine, Paris, France
  10. Mouvement Citoyen Palestine, Bruxelles, Belgium
  11. EGALITE, Bruxelles, Belgium
  12. Association Belgo-Palestinienne,  Bruxelles, Belgium
  13. Bristol Palestine Solidairty Campaign, United Kingdom
  14. Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, London, England
  15. Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Dublin, Ireland
  16. Camp Micah: Leadership for Peace and Justice, Kitchener, Ontario
  17. Not In Our Name. Jews Opposing Zionism, Toronto, Ontario
  18. Independent Jewish Voices, Montreal, Quebec
  19. Centro Pace Rachel Corrie – Ovada, Italy
  20. Stop Agrexco Roman Committee, Rome, Italy
  21. Justice for Palestine Matters, Sydney, Australia
  22. Social Justice Network, Sydney, Australia
  23. Australian Friends of Palestine, Kingswood, Australia
  24. Women In Black, Strasbourg, Alsace, France
  25. Women In Black, Sydney, Australia
  26. Women In Black, Vienna, Austria
  27. Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Bangkok, Thailand
  28. Red Solidaria contra la Ocupación de Palestina - RESCOP, Madrid, Spain
  29. BDS-Galiza, A Merca-Ourense, Galiza (Spain)
  30. Free Palestine, Zurich, Switzerland
  31. Educators for Peace and Justice, Toronto, Ontario
  32. Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Arabe (CSCA), Madrid, Spain

Urge Your Members to Sign Our Petition

Thank you for joining the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Jewish Voice for Peace, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Code Pink, and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace in this effort to call attention to the human rights abuses committed with Caterpillar equipment in Palestine.  Please encourage individual members of your organization to sign our petition.  Also share the Call to Action!

The National Building Museum will host a Henry C. Turner Prize event honoring Caterpillar Inc. on September 14th. Your support and that of your members will help us reach our goal of 10,000 individual signatures and hundreds of organizations telling the museum it must change course and not award the Turner Prize to Caterpillar Inc. We will deliver the petition to the National Building Museum the week of September 5th.

For More Background Information on Caterpillar Inc’s Complicity in Human Rights Abuses Click Here.