Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Action Alert: Rachel's Words Initiative

Rachel Corrie, a young human rights activist who had spoken out on hunger and other issues since her childhood, was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished. The play, "I Am Rachel Corrie," featuring her life and diaries, ran successfully in London last year and was slated to open in New York City this month. When it was canceled, the protest "Rachel's Words Initiative" was proposed. See www.rachelswords.org. WILPF, US section, has endorsed the initiative. Branches and individuals may also endorse.

The Rachel's Words Initiative will feature readings from her diaries and the play on March 16 (the 3-year anniversary of her death) and March 22 (the day the play was to have opened in NY). If an event is not already scheduled for your town, please consider organizing one.

See also an article by Vanessa Redgrave deploring the cancellation of the play.


  • I don't know all the details of this case, but, as an historical American playwright I do know, from this cancellation, how much money has been lost in the New York production hosted by the Royal Court Theatre of London. It is essential that Rachel Corrie's words and ideas are allowed to reach the open audience in America that she deserves. Vanessa Redgrave's letter about the cancellation of the play says it much better than I can here. It is also essential that America and American theatre not be afraid of a growing and oppositional political tide.

    -Lys Anzia

    By Anonymous Lys Anzia, at 9:20 PM  

  • It's part of a trend. The Bellingham (WA) public library has refused my request to buy the recently-published "The Case Against Israel," which Michael Neumann wrote as a direct rebuttal to Alan Dershowitz,s "The Case For Israel." No reason given, just "we won't buy it."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 PM  

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