Are your retirement funds supporting Israeli Occupation?
TIAA-CREF, one of the world’s largest retirement funds and a self-described “leader
in socially responsible investing”, invests nearly $600 million in corporations
that profit from Israeli military occupation. Some of these corporations include
Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, Veolia, Northrup Grumman, Elbit, and Hewlett-
In 2009, Jewish Voice for Peace launched the “We Divest” campaign, demanding
TIAA-CREF stop investing in corporations that enable the destruction of Palestinian
homes and orchards, the expansion of Israeli settlements and infrastructure,
checkpoint surveillance of Palestinian communities, and provide weapons used
against civilians. The campaign does not ask people to directly divest from TIAA-
CREF. Rather, it organizes retirement fund recipients to exercise their rights as
shareholders and pressure TIAA-CREF (a company with $441 billion in assets) to
divest from corporations that profit from the military occupation.
In June 2011, the AFSC Board of Directors officially endorsed JVP’s efforts to call
on TIAA-CREF to divest, and joined the national effort of people of conscience who
uphold our deepest values and proud traditions by supporting Palestinians and
Israelis who are engaged in nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Over 20,000
people have signed the petition to TIAA-CREF on the web, wedivest.org.
In Chicago, AFSC is working with students and faculty to create awareness and
generate support for the We Divest campaign. A local petition can be signed here
http://snipurl.com/22cuvqu For more information about organizing events in the
Chicago area, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We call on TIAA-CREF to divest from corporations that profit from Israeli occupation.
Join AFSC and other area peace activists in a monthly presence outside of TIAA-CREF offices in Chicago!
Every 30th of the month, beginning March 30th.
Noon - 1pm
200 North La Salle Street (corner of Lake Street and LaSalle)
For more info on this campaign:
Read more about Chicago events and activities here.