Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Rachel Corrie webcast June 24 9 AM Pacific

Rachel’s Radio: Worldwide webcast this Friday, June 24.

Friday, June 24, 2005.9 – 10 a.m. PDT

Speakers: Cindy and Craig Corrie, Klaled and Samah Nasrallah, Donna Baranksi-WalkerMC: Lisa Hamid

Highlights from Portland’s “In Rachel’s Name” event will be broadcast worldwide on the internet on Friday, June 24, 9 – 10 a.m. PDT. Listeners all over the world are just three clicks away from hearing the how after the death of their daughter Rachel, Cindy and Craig Corrie went to Rafah, Gaza where they befriended Samah and Khaled Nasrallah and their three children.

Rachel was murdered trying to prevent the demolition of the Nasrallah home by an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer paid for by the U.S. government.

The Corries and Nasrallahs are touring U.S. cities under the auspices of The Rebuilding Alliance. The goal of the tour is to raise funds to rebuild the Nasrallah’s home and eventually rebuild the hundreds of homes that have been demolished - sometimes with people living within them - during Israel’s illegal, immoral and insane occupation of Palestine, an aggression now lasting 38 years.

On Thursday, June 16, a capacity crowd of 500 filled St. Francis of Assisi Church in Portland, Oregon, donating $4,600 to begin rebuilding one home. This heartfelt people-to-people act of compassion was one community’s response and a small step towards making restitution for the crimes against humanity that have been committed by the governments of the United States and Israel. Lest we forget: destroying homes, killing innocent civilians, traumatizing children, engaging in collective punishment against an entire people, and depriving people of food, water, medical care, employment, education and dignity is terrorism.

This powerfully moving, informative and inspirational event was sponsored by: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, Jews for Global Justice, and St. Francis of Assisi Church. A coalition of peace and social justice groups and spiritual organizations co-sponsored the event. These included: Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Education WithOut Borders, KBOO Community Radio, Living Earth Gatherings, Oregon PeaceWorks, Oregon Peace Institute, Palestinian Arab American Association, Pax Christi Portland, Portland Catholic Worker, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and The Portland Alliance newspaper.

This program was produced and edited by Sid Brown and Judy Fiestal