Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Profits Bulldoze Humanity

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Profits Bulldoze Humanity

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A rally held outside Caterpillar Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting, June 13th in Chicago, IL, urged the Peoria-based construction equipment company to cease sales of militarized bulldozers to Tel Aviv. Protestors were led by the parents of the 23-year Olympia, WA student Rachel Corrie, who was killed March 16, 2003; she was crushed by a 9-ton Caterpillar bulldozer while she and other members of the International Solidarity Movement were trying to stop the demolition of the Palestinian house town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

Cindy and Craig Corrie took their message to the shareholders meeting along with more than 6,000 postcards from supporters. Since the death of her 23-year-old daughter made international headlines, Cindy Corrie said she has spent a great deal of time meeting with other activists across Occupied Palestine. She bluntly told the Board, "The military is using Caterpillar equipment to destroy lives." Craig Corrie told CEO and Chairman James Owens, "You have choices. When we find that our equipment is being used to destroy human rights and somebody's home, you can say, 'No, we don't need to do that'."

Owens explained that the federal government purchases Caterpillar construction equipment and then distributes it as part of a larger aid package to those countries.

The Corries are also assisting a divestment campaign in which a number of institutions, including the Church of England, have agreed to rid their portfolios of Caterpillar shares in protest of the militarized bulldozers. …

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