Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old Olympia, Wash., student who was run over and killed by a bulldozer in Gaza, has been christened a martyr by many Palestinians.
In 2003, Corrie took time off of school at Evergreen State College to work with the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement in the Gaza Strip. One fateful afternoon, decked in a bright orange jacket, Corrie and a handful of ISM protesters acted as human shields in front of Israeli bulldozers to protect the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah. Accounts of what happened next are varied.
According to her fellow protesters, Corrie was deliberately run over by the armored Caterpillar D9 bulldozer, but according to the official Israeli report, Corrie was neither seen nor heard by the bulldozer driver and her death was a "very regrettable accident."
On Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m., Corrie's parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, will speak about their daughter's legacy at the Bishop Barnwell Room in the Student Union Building at Boise State. Since her death, Corrie's parents have remained active in the social justice community, creating the Rachel Corrie Foundation, which "encourages and supports grass-roots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic and environmental justice."
Thursday, July 15, 6:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-4636, sub.boisestate.edu.