Rachel Corrie (10 April 1979 – 16 March 2003) was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
Since her killing, an enormous amount of solidarity activities have been carried out in her name around the world.
Rachel’s journals and emails from her time in Palestine are available in a variety of forms. They have been published in books, turned into plays and dramatic readings, and used around the internet. They are not always reproduced in their entirety and we have collected them here, un-cut, for easier reading. Read Rachel’s emails from Palestine.
I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe, hopefully, someday you will.
– Rachel Corrie, in an email to her mother, February 28 2003
Memorials and article archives on Rachel
- Electronic Intifada has a detailed photo story regarding Rachel’s killing in Rafah, a list of links to subsequent court actions, Eyewitness reports and official statements and numerous articles on Rachel Corrie.
- MIFTA.org has set up a tribute page that includes several photographs and links to articles.
- Archive of articles on Rachel at the International Solidarity Movement website
- All articles on Rachel at the Electronic Intifada
- Song: “The Death of Rachel Corrie” by David Rovics
- Poetry: “On the brink of…” by Suheir Hammad
Parents of activist Rachel Corrie speak in Ashland
Mail Tribune, OR – Sep 21, 2006
… Rabbi David Zaslow of Temple Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland, said, “The incident that killed Rachel Corrie was a terrible tragedy, and certainly has been …
New York Times
It’s fitting that “THE CLEAN HOUSE” and “MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE” start performances on Thursday, since each play, in very different ways, raises the same question: What took so long?
“Rachel’s Words” was an event that took place on March 22, 2006 at Riverside Church in New York City to in response to the postponement of the New York Theater Workshop’s production of “My Name is Rachel Corrie.” The play was scheduled to open at the New York Theatre Workshop on March 22nd but was “postponed indefinitely” due to political pressures. The “Rachel’s Words” movement was made up of a broad spectrum of groups and individuals who believed that Rachel’s words and her message of human rights and justice should be heard.
Rachel’s Writing and Emails from Palestine
In this section, we’ve posted Rachel Corrie’s emails and journals from Rafah, as well as journals and other writing, and dated them the day they were written. You can find them below by date. Rachel Corrie was killed while defending a Palestinian family’s home from an illegal demolition by an Israeli military bulldozer. Since then, her words about peace, justice and human dignity have echoed in theaters and public readings around the globe in numerous formats.
Rachel’s emails, sent home during her time in Rafah, and selected other writings are available to the public and public readings are encouraged.
Fifth Grade Press Conference on World Hunger
By Rachel Corrie, aged 10 (1990)
I’m here for other children.
I’m here because I care.
I’m here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger.
I’m here because those people are mostly children.
We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them.
We have got to understand that these deaths are preventable.
We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.
We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.
We have got to understand that they are us. We are them.
My dream is to stop hunger by the year 2000.
My dream is to give the poor a chance.
My dream is to save the 40,000 people who die each day.
My dream can and will come true if we all look into the future and see the light that shines there.
If we ignore hunger, that light will go out.
If we all help and work together, it will grow and burn free with the potential of tomorrow.
We are all born and someday we’ll all die. Most likely to some degree alone. What if our aloneness isn’t a tragedy? What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable, interactive thing?
If I lived in Bosnia or Rwanda or who knows where else, needless death wouldn’t be a distant symbol to me, it wouldn’t be a metaphor, it would be a reality.
And I have no right to this metaphor. But I use it to console myself. To give a fraction of meaning to something enormous and needless.
This realization. This realization that I will live my life in this world where I have privileges.
I can’t cool boiling waters in Russia. I can’t be Picasso. I can’t be Jesus. I can’t save the planet single-handedly.
I can wash dishes.
SOURCE | Rachel Corrie Foundation
Also see: Rachel Corrie’s Letters from Palestine