Thursday, March 16th
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97214
Rachel Corrie, an activist working with the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16th, 2003. She died protesting the destruction of a Palestinian home. Noted actor Alan Rickman worked with Katharine Viner and the Royal Court Theatre in London to develop MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, and brought it to the stage in 2005, where it enjoyed two sold-out runs. The play, drawn from Corrie's journals and emails, follows her journey to the Middle East and her growing understanding of the Palestinian & Israeli conflict interspersed with her writings as a child.
The play recently gained national attention after the New York Theatre Workshop postponed indefinitely its planned production.
Rachel's parents, who have been speaking out across the country (and at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Portland last Fall) have asked that Rachel's words be read worldwide to commemorate the third anniversary of their daughter's death. Large-scale events are also planned in New York and around the world on March 22nd, the day the play was to have opened at New York Theatre Workshop. We'll be sending along photos from Portland to include in those events.
Joining us here and reading one of the passages will be local peace activist, Joy Ellison. Last summer, the 21 year old, spent two months in the West Bank working for human rights using the same methods as Rachel Corrie. Joy volunteered with Christian Peacemaker Teams, the organization that helped found the International Solidarity Movement. While in Palestine, Joy accompanied Palestinians as they attempted to stand between bulldozers and olive trees that were being uprooted to make way for a 25 foot high wall constructed by Israel inside the West Bank. Since Joy has returned home, she's shared her experiences with more than 500 people. She will return to Palestine again this summer
For more information on the events in New York or worldwide, go to: http://www.rachelswords.org
For more information about Rachel's legacy of peace-making
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
PO Box 12149, Olympia, WA 98508