Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) remembers the life and legacy Rachel Corrie, three years after she was killed. Rachel was killed on March 16, 2003, when an Israeli Army bulldozer crushed her to death. Rachel was standing in front of the bulldozer as part of an effort to protect a Palestinian home from being demolished.
Since she was killed, friends and activists have worked to make sure Rachel‘s message of peace, tolerance, and diversity is heard. Recently a play entitled “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” based entirely on the writings of Rachel, was performed in England before sold out audiences. The play was scheduled to be performed in New York City at the New York Theater Workshop on March 22, 2006; however, it was indefinitely postponed sparking much criticism. ADC echoes Rachel’s mother Cindy who wonders “Why are people so afraid of Rachel‘s words?”
However, today readings of Rachel‘s notes, diary and emails will be held in many coffee shops, lecture halls, classrooms and households. Over 85 organizations and 450 individuals have committed to supporting this effort and 45 readings or events are taking place in 42 cities in 13 countries around the world.
For more information on events of readings in your area please visit www.rachelswords.org.