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Craig Corrie
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Co-Founder, Director, Treasurer of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, Human Rights Activist, World Peace Activist
Guest Biography

Craig Corrie, Co-Founder, Board Director and Treasurer for the, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice.

Rachel Aliene Corrie was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was crushed to death in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was kneeling in front of a local Palestinian's home, thus acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent IDF forces from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer driver, while ISM eyewitnesses said "there was nothing to obscure the driver's view."

The day after Rachel's death, in a phone conversation Ariel Sharon promised President Bush a thorough, transparent and credible investigation of her death which Rachel's parents - Craig and Cindy felt never happened.

Craig and Cindy founded the Rachel Corrie Foundation in their daughter's memory as well as an attempt to bring attention to the injustice of her death and the cause for which she died - the human rights of the people of Palestine.

Still seeking justice, in 2010, the Corrie's brought a lawsuit against Israel regarding their daughter's death which is now on hold because of an Israeli lawyers' strike. But they continue to seek justice. As Craig put it: "The lawsuit has already in part succeeded in bringing attention to the sacrifice of our daughter."

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice is a grassroots, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that conducts and supports programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities. The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace. Continuing the work begun and envisioned by our daughter, Rachel Corrie, our initial emphasis has been on Israel/Palestine.