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LUNCHTIME READING IN JERUSALEM OF RACHEL CORRIE'S WORDS

Subject:        LUNCHTIME READING IN JERUSALEM OF RACHEL CORRIE'S WORDS
16.3.06 @ 12.30 noon
Date:   Mon, 13 Mar 2006 21:36:53 +0200
From:   Angela Godfrey <angela@icahd.org>
To:     <angela@icahd.org>



Please come to *a reading of Rachel Corrie's words* at The Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions' activists' centre, DAILA (4
Shlomzion Hamalka Street, West Jerusalem), by ICAHD Advocacy Officer,
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, *Thursday March 16^th @ 12.30 noon*. This is
part of worldwide solidarity against "postponement" of the Royal Court
Theatre's production in New York. A multitude of such readings will take
place in Basra, Cairo, Montreal, Kosovo, Nigeria, America etc. As of
today, 40 groups and over 250 individuals have endorsed the initiative
from dozens of cities in countries all over the world, including
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Israel,
Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Thailand, UK, USA……. You can endorse
the initiative and read more about it at www.rachelswords.org
<http://www.rachelswords.org/> Readings will be available in video on
Electronic Intifada's video website www.electronicintifada.net
<http://www.electronicintifada.net/> edited into a video montage to be
shown at a March 22nd event at Riverside Church in Manhattan; video
footage of people reading Rachel’s words from Rafah, Afghanistan, Iraq
and New Orleans—underscoring the important point that there are many
silenced voices in the world and that, through this one woman’s words,
we hope to acknowledge all of them.

The list of places where people are planning actions and expressing
support continues to grow! New York, Jerusalem, Iowa, Seattle, Taos,
Chicago, Connecticut, Vermont, Detroit, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, New Jersey, Germany, Montreal, Minneapolis, Boston, Kansas,
Florida, Texas, Kansas, Louisville, St. Louis, Portland, OR, Amsterdam,
Surinam, Madrid, Spain, Egypt and Oaxaca, Mexico.

DONATIONS:

We will need to undertake significant fundraising for the Rachel’s Words
event on March 16. We are appealing now for donations. Rachel’s Words is
now under the umbrella of the Brecht Forum, so not-for profit donations
are accepted! We are setting up a system to do it on line, but if you
are interested in making a tax deductible donation, please send a check
made out to the Brecht Forum, and send it to:

Rachel’s Words

300 W. 55^th Street

New York, NY 10019

We are working on setting up a paypal account.



Ann Petter and Jen Marlowe
Rachel's Words
www.RachelsWords.org
rachels_words@yahoo.com

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*WHY ARE PEOPLE AFRAID OF RACHEL CORRIE’S WORDS?*

/And how can we work together to ensure they are heard?/

Rachel Corrie was 23 years old when she was crushed to death by an
Israeli army bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She was working with others
trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition
in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine. "My Name is Rachel Corrie" is a
powerful one-woman show based entirely on the writings that Rachel left
behind, telling her story from the time she was a small child, leading
up to the days before her death. The play, edited by Alan Rickman and
Katharine Viner from Rachel's diaries and emails, was produced by the
Royal Court Theatre in London. Starring Megan Dodds, it played to sold
out audiences and wide acclaim.

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" was scheduled to open at the New York Theatre
Workshop on March 22nd. It has been postponed indefinitely, sparking
much debate. Director Alan Rickman said, "Rachel Corrie lived in
nobody's pocket but her own. Whether one is sympathetic with her or not,
her voice is like a clarion in the fog and should be heard." Rachel's
mother Cindy wonders, “Why are people so afraid of Rachel's words?” We
ask the same question and are determined to give people the opportunity
to hear those words.

The “Rachel’s Words” initiative is intended to be a broad spectrum of
groups and individuals who believe that Rachel’s words and her message
of human rights and justice should be heard. We hope that Rachel’s Words
will open the door for other equally important and silenced voices. We
resist the pervasive climate of fear and challenge to free speech that
is increasingly prevalent in our society. Rachel wrote about issues that
concern us all. People must have the opportunity to hear her message and
decide for themselves what they think. Nobody's agenda should stand in
the way of that.

HOW TO ENDORSE THIS INITIATIVE:

Please write an e-mail to rachels_words@yahoo.com
<mailto:rachels_words@yahoo.com> and write ENDORSEMENT in the subject.
Include the following information:

For further details about the Jerusalem reading on Thursday, please contact:
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Action Advocacy Officer
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem
angela@icahd.org <mailto:angela@icahd.org>; www.icahd.org
<http://www.icahd.org/>
Tel: 02-672-8771 / 0547-366393

/"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
/Martin Luther King
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