March 16th Event Updates

Photo Credit: Denny Sternstein

 “I am just beginning to learn, from what I expect to be a very intense tutelage, about the ability of people to organize against all odds, and to resist against all odds.”

 – Rachel Corrie

On Thursday, March 16th, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice will join in marking the 20th anniversary of Rachel's stand in Gaza through the following events in our community and beyond. Thank you to our friends who are marking this moment and year with remembrance, networking, education, and action.

A Public Affair with host Allen Ruff

WORT 89.9 FM Madison

Live Interview with Cindy & Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie

Thursday, March 16, 2023

10-11 am PDT; Noon-1pm CDT; 1-2 pm EDT

The Corries will talk with host Allen Ruff about their daughter, 20 years of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, RCF's kinship with the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, and the foundation's commitment to Gaza and to Palestinian rights today, as startling events continue to unfold in the region.

The hour-long program can be heard live at the WORT 89.9 FM website here. The program will be archived at the WORT 89.9 website for later listening, as well.

At The Evergreen State College

20 years on


Film: We Are Them (Daniel Kopec, 2009) followed by Discussion

Thursday, March 16, 2023, 1-4 pm

The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, Washington

Seminar 2 D-1105

Free, and open to the public

Sponsored by the academic programs Taking Back Empire Comparative Literature and World Cinema, Moving Toward Health, and Psychology of Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Community-Based Learning & Action.

Rachel Corrie, 23-year-old Evergreen student and human rights activist, was killed March 16, 2003, by an Israeli military-operated Caterpillar bulldozer in Gaza, as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Her solidarity actions and writings have resonated around the world in the play My Name is Rachel Corrie and the collection Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie. The singer-songwriter Iris DeMent honored her in a recent song as a “warrior of love.”

On the 20th anniversary of Rachel’s passing, her community is invited to view the film We Are Them (Daniel Kopec, 2009) on her solidarity actions. Rachel’s parents, friends, and faculty will discuss her life and legacy, and current events in Israel/Palestine.

The public event is hosted by “Taking Back Empire,” whose students will share their “Olympia’s Hidden Histories” self-guided walking tours.

The March 16 event poster can be downloaded here. Please share with local students and community members.

Mideast Focus Ministry 10th Annual Film Series 

Break the Silence – Stories of Occupation

Tantura: Film & Discussion

Thursday - March 16, 2023, 7 pm

Zoom only: Register for a link to this film and discussion by requesting a link at seattlemideastfocus@gmail.com.

Our colleagues at the Mideast Focus Film Series at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Rachel's death with a film screening and discussion of the film Tantura:

"When Israeli graduate student Teddy Katz meticulously documented a massacre of Palestinian civilians surrounding Israel's independence, he was initially celebrated for his groundbreaking work. But soon, he was stripped of his degrees and was publicly shamed as a fraudulent traitor. Decades later, incendiary new evidence emerges to corroborate Teddy's initial findings, not just vindicating him, but raising profound questions about how Israelis—and we all—deal with the darker chapters of history." The discussion will feature a pre-recorded interview with director Alon Schwarz.

Learn more and watch the trailer here.

FOR & Women in Black Vigil in Downtown Olympia


4th and Water Streets, Olympia

4:30-6:00 pm PST

We are grateful for the opportunity to join our friends at the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and Women in Black for their weekly peace vigils in downtown Olympia. There will be signs remembering Rachel, remembering Gaza, and advocating for peace with justice in Palestine. Bring your own or hold one of ours. FOR encourages people to remain healthy and to wear masks.


Help us strengthen our work for a free Palestine!

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Check donations can be mailed to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice, 203 East 4th Ave, Suite 402, Olympia, WA 98501.

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