Tuesday, March 16, 2010
SEVEN YEARS AGO Today...Rachel Corrie was crushed in Rafah, Gaza
HERE are some simple actions...they won't take much of your time...you can do these internationally...
(For those who are looking for more on Rachel Corrie and Israel/Palestine OR RENDITION scroll JUST below)
Seven years ago today, 23 year-old Rachel Corrie of Olympia, Washington was crushed to death by a Caterpillar D-9R bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier. Rachel was part of an International Solidarity Movement group trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian pharmacist's home in Rafah, Gaza.
Seven years later, Rachel's memory is still vibrant and her family is still fighting for answers. Rachel's parents and sister are currently in Israel participating in a civil case against the state of Israel for intentional and unlawful killing and gross negligence in Rachel's death. In addition to seeking accountability for Rachel's death through the Israeli court system, the Corrie family has requested that we support Rachel's vision of freedom for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip by participating in a NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY to the White House. (OF COURSE FROM ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME IS GREAT BUT SOONER THE BETTER)
Please honor the request of this bereaved family and do the following:
§ Call the White House at 202-456-1111 AND/OR fill out this QUICK petition: here
§ Urge Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to visit Gaza and demand that the United States break the blockade of Gaza by providing immediate humanitarian aid and building materials.
Congressman Brian Baird, whose constituents include Rachel's parents Cindy and Craig, has already sent a letter to President Obama requesting that the United States break the siege of Gaza. READ his letter for talking points and awareness
here Brian Baird on Gaza (Feb 19 2010)
In addition to participating in our national call-in day, you may be able to attend a Rachel Corrie memorial event in your area. Click here to find out what's happening in your neighborhood:
Another way to show your support for the Corrie family as they move forward with their civil case in Israel is to sign up for updates from the trial. GO here
The Corries and their supporters will be posting reports from the courtroom, media mentions of the case, and other updates on the Rachel Corrie Foundation website. Click to view the trial updates page on the Rachel Corrie Foundation website. Monitor coverage of the trial in your local media and post favorable comments about trial coverage for on-line media stories and write a letter-to-the-editor if your newspaper includes trial coverage. For tips on how to write a letter-to-the-editor and various other information click here
From the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation endtheoccupation dot org or CLICK here
For various YOU Tube videos on Rachel Corrie GO to YOU TUBE and put RAchel Corrie Catepillar in Search or Try here
Posted by CN at 11:26 AM