Join the Anti-Apartheid Mime Troupe to demand TIAA-CREF divest from the Israeli occupation of Palestine!

Press Release


July 17, Oakland, CA – On Tuesday, July 16th at TIAA-CREF offices in over a dozen cities nationwide, human rights advocates protested the retirement giant’s investments in Israeli military occupation, on the same day that TIAA-CREF held its annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The protesters sang, chanted, handed out thousands of flyers, and performed street theater, also signaling their displeasure with TIAA-CREF’s refusal to allow investors to vote to vote on a shareholder resolution, which calls on TIAA-CREF to divest from companies such as Veolia, Caterpillar, and Northrup Grumman which profit from segregated services, home demolitions, militarized violence, and other human rights abuses.

For the second time, pension-fund giant TIAA-CREF, which claims to be "for the greater good," has barred shareholders from voting on whether they want their retirement money invested in human rights violations. TIAA-CREF has made it clear that when it comes to discussing the Israeli occupation of Palestine, they prefer to "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil." But we’ll continue to see and speak about Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights—and to demand to be heard.

This action takes place on the day of the CREF annual meeting in Charlotte, NC, and is part of a national day of action, with protests taking place in over a dozen cities across the country. For more information about the We Divest national campaign:

Can’t join us in the streets? Help amplify our message to TIAA-CREF on social media! Donate a Facebook post or tweet by signing up for our Thunderclap, and on July 16, you will join others in sending a synchronized, unified message to TIAA-CREF that you think Palestinian rights are "for the greater good!" Sign up here:

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This action is organized by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and is endorsed by Brooklyn For Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, Jews Say No!, International Socialist Organization-NYC, Hunter College SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), John Jay College SJP, Brooklyn College SJP, College of Staten Island SJP, Rutgers Newark SJP, CUNY Law SJP, NYU SJP, and Columbia SJP.

Event Location: 

TIAA-CREF National Headquarters
730 Third Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (4/5 to Grand Central Station)
New York

Event Date: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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