We take great pleasure in forwarding a piece of good news received on 21 Jun 2012 from Jewish Voice for Peace:
“Something amazing happened yesterday [20Jun2012]. We learned that retirement giant TIAA-CREF has dropped all 73 million [US] dollars in Caterpillar stocks from their socially responsible investment fund.
“This is a watershed victory for us at Jewish Voice for Peace. We’ve been going to Caterpillar shareholder meetings since 2004 to highlight how CAT bulldozers have been used to destroy thousands of Palestinian homes and orchards. And we’ve been pushing for TIAA-CREF to drop CAT from its socially responsible “choice” fund since 2010.
“And now it’s happened!
“But we can’t stop here. With this win, the movement to pressure Israel to be accountable to international law is now on the verge of a historic breakthrough at the Presbyterian General Assembly in Pittsburgh next week–but we need your help to get us get there.
“The Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the largest Protestant denominations in the US, will be meeting to decide whether to divest from CAT and a few other companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. This is by far the most contested divestment vote in the US, and our pro-occupation opponents will be out in full force.
“There is a very good chance we’ll win, but we’re not taking any chances. We need your help to send a large delegation of Jewish activists-including myself, Rabbi Alissa Wise, and many of our Young, Jewish and Proud leaders toPittsburgh.
“We don’t have the hundreds of thousands of dollars for paid ads or celebrity speakers that our opponents have – but we do have amazing, committed, knowledgeable sincere and dedicated Jews who can walk the aisles side by side with our Palestinian allies and tell Presbyterian voters face to face to go with their conscience and vote on behalf of justice for all people.
“Please help us get our people there. We’ll be giving regular reports on Twitter and Facebook.
Director of Advocacy
Jewish Voice for Peace”
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