[Imc-chicago] Amnesty, Human Rights Watch challenge Caterpillar April 13 Chicago
Jewish Voice for Peace
cecilie at jewishvoiceforpeace.org
Fri Apr 1 09:50:23 PST 2005
Jewish Voice for Peace
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-465-1777
Religious and human rights groups, investors take on Caterpillar in
Chicago at April 13 annual meeting
Shareholder resolution asks: is CAT liable for Israeli human rights
Simultaneous protests in 40 cities around the world.
Liat Weingart 415-846-3581
Matt Gaines 312-804-2822
WHEN Wednesday, April 13, 2005
WHERE 12:00 - 3 pm: Protest at Northern Trust Building, 50 LaSalle
12:30 pm: Press conference outside of Northern Trust Building.
1:30 pm: Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting.
Sister Mary Ann McGivern - Sisters of Loretto
Cheryl Broderson - Aunt of Rachel Corrie, killed by Caterpillar
bulldozer, family suing CAT
Marty Rosenbluth - Israel/Palestine specialist, Amnesty International
Alison Parker - Refugee protection expert, Human Rights Watch
Liat Weingart - Jewish Voice for Peace
Hatem Abudayyeh - StopCAT Coalition, Arab American Action Network.
Shareholders will vote on a groundbreaking resolution calling on CAT to
investigate whether its sale of bulldozers to Israel violates its own
Worldwide Code of Business Conduct. Resolutions proponents and opponents
will speak at meeting. On the same day, groups in over 40 cities-
including Chicago, Washington, DC, Dallas, Memphis, New York City,
Stockholm, and Boston - will hold vocal demonstrations at Caterpillar
dealerships and board member offices.
While Israel recently ended its policy of home demolitions related to
acts of violence, the vast majority continue under a policy of
administrative home demolitions, meaning homes are typically destroyed
due to minor permit violations.
For the second year in a row, JVP introduced a Caterpillar shareholder
resolution calling for an investigation into whether the sale of such
bulldozers violates CAT's corporate responsibility policy. Currently,
CAT is facing a lawsuit from the parents of a young American woman
Rachel Corrie who was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to
protect a Palestinian home, and a global surge in bad press about
Caterpillar's role in the razing of homes.
Protesters and possible counter-protesters outside of the shareholder
meeting. Poster-size photographs of CAT D9 bulldozers destroying
homes-hi resolution photos available. Banners: "Cat bulldozes
peace," and "Cat destroys homes."
Cecilie Surasky | Communications Director | Jewish Voice for Peace
1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 500; Oakland, California 94612
ph: 510 465 1777 x4 | fx: 510 465 1616 | cell: 510 410 4202
cecilie at jewishvoiceforpeace.org | www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
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