Remembering Rachel Corrie on the anniversary of her death

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Dear Friend,

On this day 13 years ago, American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by Israeli soldiers driving a military bulldozer. She was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. According to numerous witnesses and photographic documentation, she was killed intentionally.

Representative Brian Baird from Washington State introduced a resolution in Congress calling on the federal government to “undertake a full, fair, and expeditious investigation” into Rachel’s death. The bill was co-sponsored by 77 representatives, but Congress took no action. 

The Corrie family then filed a lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc in 2005, alleging that Caterpillar supplied Israelis with bulldozers even though they knew they were being used to commit war crimes. The lawsuit was dismissed.

The Corrie family’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was also dismissed. The court acknowledged that the U.S. government paid for the bulldozer that killed Rachel, but said that they didn’t have the jurisdiction to rule on the “political question” of U.S. military aid to Israel. 

In 2010, the Corrie family filed a lawsuit in Israel against the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli officials prevented the physician who had examined Rachel’s wounds from testifying in the case. The court ruled that Rachel was responsible for her own death. In 2014, the Corrie family’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court of Israel, and the IDF was absolved of any wrongdoing.

Keep Rachel’s message alive by sharing her story with your community. We have cards, a booklet of Rachel’s letters, and posters available for download and order.

#SupportPalestineInDC2016

U.S. taxpayers send Israel over $3 billion a year in military aid with virtually no strings attached, and now the prime minister of Israel wants $5 billion a year.

The majority of Americans oppose taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict, but virtually all Democratic and Republican members of Congress continue to supply Israel with more and more weapons each year (Palestinians do not receive military aid).

American taxpayer dollars have enabled Israel to continue its decades-long illegal occupation of Palestinian land and deny Palestinians basic legal and human rights. With our money, Israeli forces have killed over 9,200 Palestinians as well as numerous international journalists and peace activists since 2000.

We are driving the violence in this region, and we must stop it.

This weekend, AIPAC kicks off its annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump scheduled to give speeches. We hope you will join us this Sunday at noon at the White House to protest AIPAC’s influence on American politics and support Palestinian human rights. Your voice is urgently needed!

As always, thank for your commitment to peace, justice, and equality for all people.

The If Americans Knew team

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Social Security must be expanded, not slashed

Dear Activist,

The Tea Party Republican Congress wants to slash Social Security, but progressives in Congress are making a major push to strengthen and expand this crucial program.

Please join our friends at CREDO Action in urging Congress to expand Social Security – not slash it.

Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik

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Republicans in Congress are in the midst of an all-out attack on Social Security1 – pushing the specious argument that we need to cut benefits now so we won’t have to cut them later.

But the fact is, Social Security works – and an overwhelming majority of Americans want the program to be expanded, not cut.

Progressives in Congress are making plans right now for a major effort to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the program’s finances by making the wealthy pay their fair share into the trust fund. Let’s make sure Congress knows there’s huge grassroots support for expanding Social Security.

Sign the petition: Social Security should be expanded, not cut. Click here to sign the petition.

There’s no shortage of smart ideas for expanding and strengthening our Social Security system. For example, Senator Bernie Sanders just proposed raising the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, which would force the wealthy to pay their fair share into the trust fund.2

Other proposals are being considered to modify the formula used to make cost-of-living adjustments to more accurately reflect inflation on products and services seniors buy, and to expand benefits across-the-board.

But Congressional Republicans want to go in the opposite direction – forcing unnecessary benefit cuts that would be devastating for millions of retired Americans, military veterans and Americans living with disabilities.

Last month, more than 200,000 CREDO activists signed our petition telling Republicans in Congress not to cut Social Security benefits under any circumstances. Now it’s time to go on the offensive.

I hope you’ll join us in sending a strong message to members of Congress in both parties: Social Security should be expanded, not cut.

Sign the petition: Expand Social Security now! Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for fighting to expand Social Security.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager

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1. “Republicans planning stealth attack on Social Security, Democrats fear,” Washington Post, February 9, 2015.

2. “Bernie Sanders: Raise taxes on the wealthy to save Social Security,” The Hill, February 10, 2015.

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