Rachel Corrie 10 Years: the Person and the Continuing Struggle

CALL TO ACTION – MARCH 2013

10 YEARS LATER – REMEMBER RACHEL CORRIE AND ACT!

Saturday, March 16th, the Rachel Corrie Foundation will mark the 10th anniversary of Rachel’s stand in Gaza.  It has been an extraordinary, challenging ten-year journey for our organization, for the Corrie family, and for those in our community and beyond who have worked tirelessly for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel, in the world, and at home.

Here in Olympia, we have plans for a Stand for Justice Rally, speakers, music, dance, food, reflection, remembrance, and community!  See event listing here.

This dynamic weekend of events will be a kick-off to a year of Peace Works events.  We encourage you to participate in the kick-off by completing at least one action from our Call to Action.

Now, we call on you – individuals, organizations, and communities -  to join us in these actions and with your own creative, solidarity events or observances!

  • Mark this 10-year anniversary!  Call out Caterpillar, Inc. now on its faulty actions and explanations!  Challenge the appearance of CAT’s Washington Director of Government Affairs at AIPAC!  Tell CAT to own up to its business with Israel and to end its complicity in violations of human rights and international law in Israel/Palestine.  See how to help here!
  • Mark this 10-year anniversary!  Tell President Obama to use his March Mideast trip to see for himself, to demand compliance with U.S. laws and policies, and accountability for how U.S. tax dollars are used by Israel.  See how to help here!
  • Mark this 10-year anniversary!  Demonstrate your support for the rights of Palestinians that Rachel, many other internationals, Israeli activists, and Palestinians have stood to defend!  Reflect, connect the dots, and strengthen your community’s commitment to justice for Palestinians and peace in the Mideast.   Let us know what you plan so we can share and inspire others!  Send your photos for our TUMBLR.  See how to help here!

Rachel Corrie wrote,

“The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable.  We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.” 

Let’s use this March anniversary as an opportunity to make some noise and be visible in our support for equal rights for Palestinians, accountability and justice, and an end to Israeli occupation!

Let’s remember, act, and celebrate together – how we (like Rachel) have stood this past decade for justice, freedom, equality, and peace in the Middle East and beyond – and let’s think together about how we move ahead to make freedom for Palestine a reality.