Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American human rights activist from Olympia, Wash., who was crushed to death by an Israeli Caterpillar bulldozer on March 16, 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip from demolition. This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of her killing.
Since her death, an enormous amount of solidarity activities have been carried out in her name around the world. A list of events taking place throughout the USA and globally, marking this 10th anniversary of her death, is posted on the website rachelcorriefoundation.org.
Local commemorative activities honoring Rachel will take place on Thursday and Saturday.
There will be a special Women and Men in Black vigil on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on March 14. Everyone who believes in human rights, justice and equality for all people is welcome to join the vigil. Some signs and posters will be available; participants may bring their own if they prefer to do so.
On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, there will be an information and action table. The purpose of the table is to offer educational materials about Rachel Corrie, World Water Day, and to collect donations for the Maia Project – Nevada County Chapter.
The Maia Project funds will be used to purchase and install a water purification and desalination unit for the Naseam Kindergarten in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. Information about the project will be available at the table on Saturday. Information is also available by contacting the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County through the Peace Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 530-265-0200.