UUJME has endorsed the We Divest campaign, asking UUs to sign a petition to TIAA-CREF calling on it to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupations of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The petition to TIAA-CREF is particularly appropriate for UUs because the staffs of many UU congregations and organizations use TIAA-CREF for their retirement plans, and because TIAA-CREF prides itself on socially-conscious investing.
We ask all UUs who recognize the injustice of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to join us in this campaign. We ask that you sign the petition, gather signatures in your congregation, and share information about the petition with other UUs (for example, by forwarding this announcement as an email message). Signatures can be gathered on the printed version of the petition at coffee hours or at special events such as the showing of a film. Partially or completely filled petitions should be sent to UUJME, P.O. Box 380355, Cambridge, MA 02238.
The suffering of Palestinians due to Israel’s occupation of their lands and violations of their most basic human rights continues unabated. As UUs believing in the worth of every human being and compassion in human relations, we simply cannot ignore this issue. While the issue may be controversial, we must not shy away from controversy in the face of such injustice.
Read the UUJME statement of support for the campaign.
The petition itself can be signed online, and a printed version of the petition can also be accessed here.
Download the poster to print out and use in your petition drive.
We Divest is the campaign to convince investment giant TIAA-CREF to stop investing in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The campaign was started in 2010 by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and has been endorsed by more than 50 peace and justice organizations. Read more about the campaign here.