Wednesday, June 14, 2006: National Day of Action Against Caterpillar
STOP CATERPILLAR FROM SELLING
HOME-CRUSHING BULLDOZERS TO ISRAEL
Join Citizens for Justice in the Middle East for a protest at:
Sen. Sam Brownback's office on June 14 at 5:00 pm
11111 West 95th
Overland Park, KS 66214
Phone: (913) 492-6378
Fax: (913) 492-7253
Kansas City area peace groups are planning to observe the National Day of Action Against Caterpillar which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at Sen. Sam Brownback's Overland Park office at 5:00 p.m.
Did you know that 50,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Caterpillar bulldozers?
Over 50,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Caterpillar bulldozers. CAT supplies equipment used by the Israeli military to destroy Palestinian homes, infrastructure, orchards, greenhouses, agricultural land filled with crops and sometimes lives, including American peace activist Rachel Corrie and Palestinian Suha Sweidan, who was nine months pregnant when she was killed in the middle of the night in a home demolition. While US taxpayers foot the bill, CAT profits from the wholesale destruction of Palestinian homes and livelihoods.
Taking what Human Rights Watch calls a "head in the sand" approach, Caterpillar officials have repeated the same line over and over again, that Caterpillar has "neither the legal right nor the ability to monitor and police individual use" of its equipment.
Last year, instead of looking into the wanton destruction that their company's policies cause, the Caterpillar Board of Directors successfully urged the defeat of a shareholder resolution investigating whether Caterpillar is adhering to its own corporate code of conduct regarding sales to Israel.
Caterpillar not only has the ability to monitor the use of its equipment, but after calls from human rights organizations, members of the office of the UN Commissioner on Human Rights, several religious and social justice organizations, and the victims themselves, CAT has the responsibility to investigate the ethics of selling bulldozers as weapons and profiting from human rights abuses.