Two of us, John Foster and Bob McChesney, are graduates of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. We join our friends at Evergreen and in the Olympia community—together with peace activists around the world—in mourning the death of Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-yeer-old student at Evergreen, and graduate of Capital High School in Olympia. Rachel was the heart of the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace. She studied labor, political economy, and the Middle East at Evergreen and went to Gaza in Palestine early this year as part of the human shield action of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). ISM is a Palestinian-led organization that acknowledges the right of Palestinians in the occupied territories to defend themselves, but which is itself committed to non-violent action. It is dedicated to the advancement of Palestinian rights and calls for international intervention to end the Israeli occupation and establish a true Palestinian homeland.
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