Chicago Divests Petition

We are TIAA-CREF participants, investors, and supporters who are deeply concerned that TIAA-CREF invests in many companies that profit from Israelʼs occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Some of these companies provide weapons and covert surveillance supplies that maintain the occupation by force. Others take or exploit Palestinian resources, including scarce water and even the land itself. All are profiting from Israelʼs violations of international law and international human rights standards.

Some examples:

*CATERPILLAR profits from the destruction of Palestinian homes and the uprooting of Palestinian orchards by supplying the armor-plated and weaponized bulldozers that are used for such demolition work.

*VEOLIA profits from the construction and expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements by operating a landfill in the West Bank, exploiting Palestinian natural resources to serve the settlements, and by contracting for the future operation of an illegal light rail system connecting these settlements with Jerusalem.

*NORTHROP GRUMMAN profits from the production of parts for the Apache helicopters and F-16 aircrafts used by Israel against civilians in Gaza during Israel’s 2008-09 assault.

*ELBIT profits from the confiscation of Palestinian land by providing surveillance equipment that is mounted on the Separation Wall, which was declared unlawful by the International Court of Justice.

*MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS profits from Israel’s control of the Palestinian population by providing surveillance systems around Israeli settlements, checkpoints, and military camps in the West Bank, as well as communication systems to the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.

*HEWLETT-PACKARD profits from depriving Palestinians of their freedom of movement through a biometric ID system installed in checkpoints throughout the occupied West Bank.

While the specific companies held change over time, TIAA-CREF’s investment criteria do not screen out such investments, which are incompatible with our values and with corporate social responsibility.

Out of commitment to equality, freedom and international law, we therefore urgently request TIAA-CREF to divest from companies that:

*Directly profit from or contribute to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

*Provide products or services that contribute to the construction and maintenance of Israeli settlements and/or the Separation Wall, both of which are illegal under international law.

*Provide products or services that contribute to or enable violent acts that target civilians.

*TIAA-CREF establish investment criteria to exclude any such companies in the future.

For almost 100 years, TIAA-CREF has striven to provide financial services for the greater good, helping those in the academic, medical, cultural, and research fields to plan for and live in retirement. Please help all TIAA-CREF participants invest the fruit of their labor and enjoy their retirement in good conscience.

Sincerely,

Chicago-area TIAA-CREF Pension Holders and Clients

1. Jennifer Bing, American Friends Service Committee
2. Peter Sporn, Professor of Medicine and Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
3. Elizabeth Gates-Ehlers, Data Management Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago
4. Judith Wittner, Professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
5. Eric Gutstein, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago
6. Carol Myford, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
7. Anna Lysakowski, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
8. Ronald L. Koch, Associate Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
9. Raja Halwani, Professor of Philosophy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
10. Kevin Kumashiro, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
11. Paul Elitzik, Staff, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
12. Mary Patten, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
13. Richard Wark, Retired Professor, Northwestern University
14. Mary Ann Weston, Associate Professor Emerita, Northwestern University
15. Barry Bryant, Associate Professor of Methodist Studies, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
16. Michael McConnell, Alumni, McCormick Theological Seminary
17. Tomis Kapitan, Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
18. Mary Stonor Saunders, Alumni, University of Chicago
19. Colette Burke, Professor of Physics, City Colleges of Chicago
20. Judith Davy, Staff, University of Illinois at Chicago
21. Erik Wang, Student, University of Chicago
22. Erlo Roth, Rush Medical College
23. Ghada Talhami, D.K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, Lake Forest College
24. Caroline Herzenberg, Retired Staff or Faculty, Assistant Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
25. John Abbott, Visiting Assistant Professor Of History, University of Chicago
26. Margaret Power, Professor of History, Illinois Institute of Technology
27. Robert Worley, Professor Emeritus, McCormick Theological Seminary
28. James Newman, Assistant Professor (Retired), Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
29. Linda E. Sanchez, Retired Faculty or Staff, North Park University
30. Lisa Marie Pickens, Alumni, University of Chicago
31. Fatima Imam, Assistant Professor, Lake Forest College
32. Don Wagner, Retired Professor of Middle East and Interfaith Studies, North Park University
33. Ellen Gradman, Former Art Teacher, Chicago City Day School
34. Basil Clunie, Retired Faculty or Staff, Northwestern University
35. Fereshteh Toosi, Lecturer, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Columbia College
36. Lisa Pickens, University of Chicago
37. Janet Johnson, Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
38. Nelson Borelli, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
39. Barry Miller
40. Deborah Hellerstein
41. Nancy Jones, Columbia College
42. William Peterman, Professor of Geography (Ret.), Chicago State University
43. Marlis J. Saleh, Bibliographer for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago
44. Martha Scott, Faculty, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
45. Monica Halloran, Director of Academic Programs, Dominican University
46. Grayson Holmbeck, Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
47. James Garbarino, Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
48. Maarten C. Bosland, Professor of Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago
49. Marsha Love, Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago
50. Scott Tindale, Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
51. Maryse Richards, Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
52. Maria Parker, Alumni, University of Chicago
53. Sherrie Weller, Instructor, Loyola University Chicago
54. Kathleen Adams, Professor of Anthropology, Loyola University Chicago
55. Heidi Russell, Assistant Professor IPS, Loyola University Chicago
56. Christopher Peterson, Professor of Environmental Science, Loyola University Chicago
57. Ivan Medina, Clinical Instructor, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
58. Noha Forster, Lecturer of Arabic, University of Chicago
59. Robert Michaelson, Retired Staff, Northwestern University
60. Barbara Engel, Alumni, University of Chicago
61. Norma Claire Moruzzi, Associate Professor, Political Science/Gender & Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
62. Timothy West, DePaul University
63. Wallis Calaway, Chemist (Retired), Argonne National Laboratory
64. Eleanor Wallace, Studio Manager, DePaul University
65. Thomas Hamilton, Mechanic, Loyola University Chicago
66. Barbara Haas, Professor of Biology, Loyola University Chicago
67. Blake McFarland, Alumni, University of Chicago
68. Lena Ismail, Health Educator, University of Chicago

Other TIAA-CREF Pension Holders and Clients

1. Jeffrey Mack
2. Jacqueline Lynn
3. Dr. Richard Towner, Retired Faculty, University of Cincinnati
4. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Professor of Ecosystem Science (retired), University of California at Berkeley
5. Susan Massad, Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition, Framingham State University
6. Gene Ammarell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ohio University
7. Trisha Terwilliger
8. Martha W D Bushnell, Retired Faculty or Staff
9. Ira Shor, Professor of English, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
10. Poranee Sponsel, Faculty, Chaminade University of Honolulu
11. Gene Ammarell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ohio University
12. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Professor of Ecosystem Studies (Retired), University of California at Berkeley
13. Robert Flora, Retired Faulty or Staff
14. Camilla Jones
15. Allen Scheid
16. Marvin Ortel, University of Hawaii at Manoa
17. Robin Kash, University of Texas at Austin
18. Ray Doherty, University of Virginia
19. Tom Mayer, Professor of Sociology (Emeritus), University of Colorado at Boulder
20. Khouri Markos, Staff, University of Denver

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni of Chicago-area Higher Education Institutions

1. Eleni Katsarou, Clinical Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
2. Paul, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
3. Denis Roarty, Researcher, University of Illinois at Chicago
4. Robin Bartram, Student, Loyola University Chicago
5. Omar Alkaissi, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
6. Peter Dziedzic, Student, DePaul University
7. Leila Abdelrazaq, Student, DePaul University
8. Caren Levy-Van Slyke, Alumni, Northwestern University
9. Wedad Yassin, Student, Benedictine University
10. Angela Ahrenholtz, Student, Columbia College
11. Salek Khalid, Student, Northwestern University
12. Daryl Meador, Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
13. Sanah Yassin, Alumni, University of Illinois at Chicago
14. Leyla Gutierrez, Student, University of Chicago
15. Tala Radejko, Student, University of Chicago
16. Iymen Chehade, Professor of History, Columbia College
17. Sandra Yau, Student, Columbia College
18. Abby Harms, Student, Knox College
19. Erica Cieslak, Alumni, Columbia College
20. Danielle Scardina, Student, Columbia College
21. Stephanie Pierson, Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
22. Jennifer Gribbin, Student, Columbia College
23. Matthew Keene, Student, Columbia College
24. Dania Mukahhal, Student, Columbia College
25. Keith Surney, Student, Columbia College
26. James Keith Mahon, City Colleges of Chicago
27. Hope, Student, Columbia College
28. Ashley Deakins, Staff, Columbia College
29. Carlos Uribe, Student, Columbia College
30. Shirien Damra, Alumni, DePaul University
31. Ibrahim Ghusein, Student, DePaul University
32. Annan Shehadi, Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
33. Joy Ellison, Student, DePaul University
34. Leena Saleh, Alumni, DePaul University
35. Ishan Chakrabarti, Student, University of Chicago
36. Bill Chambers, Alumni, Northwestern University
37. Jana Daoud, Student, Moraine Valley Community College
38. Sabeen Sadiq, Student, DePaul University
39. Jumana Al-Qawasmi, Student, Loyola University Chicago
40. Bushra Abdelhalim, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
41. Sara Tahsin, Student, Loyola University Chicago
42. John Stevenson, Instructor, Department of History, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Columbia College
43. Heba Abuseini, Student, Loyola University Chicago
44. Hanna Alshaikh, Student, DePaul University
45. Joseph Stemmler, Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
46. Michael Levin, Adjunct Faculty, Music Department, Columbia College
47. Natasha Singh, Student, Northwestern University
48. Mary M. Lane, M.A., Certified Private MSL Teacher, Retired Faculty or Staff, Northeastern Illinois University
49. David G. Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
50. Bruce Taylor, Staff, Dundee Crown High School
51. Kelly Prieve, Student, Columbia College
52. Zahed Haseeb, Student, University of Chicago
53. Sarah Iqbal, Student, University of Chicago
54. Ife Olubanjo, Student, University of Chicago
55. Kelly wood, Student, University of Chicago
56. Mohamad Abdallah, Student, University of Chicago
57. Nadia Ismail, Student, University of Chicago
58. Laith Saud, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, DePaul University
59. Dina Mahmoud, Student, DePaul University
60. Fatima Mansour, Alumni, DePaul University
61. David Gilbert, Alumni, Loyola University Chicago
62. Rwaida Izar, Student, Loyola University Chicago
63. Robert Gilmore, Student, Loyola University Chicago
64. Tala Said, Student, Loyola University Chicago
65. Fariha Sabiri, Student, Loyola University Chicago
66. Heba Abdel-Latief, Alumni, Loyola University Chicago
67. Sumera Khan, Student, Loyola University Chicago
68. Dusan Simic, Student, Loyola University Chicago
69. Ahmad Hussein, Student, Loyola University Chicago
70. Azkar Hu, Student, Loyola University Chicago
71. Ameir N Barakat, Student, Loyola University Chicago
72. Anwar Abdallah, Student, Loyola University Chicago
73. Moira Geary, Student, Loyola University Chicago
74. Nadia Ahmed, Student, Loyola University Chicago
75. Namrah Mirza, Student, Loyola University Chicago
76. Ibrahim Chaudhry, Student, Loyola University Chicago
77. Grant Buhr, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
78. Jinna Holt, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
79. Laura Ramirez, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
80. Iliana Figueroa, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
81. Aran Yoo, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
82. Yaraslie Lechuga, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
83. Molly Cunningham, Student, University of Chicago
84. Sharifah Abdallah, Student, Loyola University Chicago
85. Martin Macias, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
86. Saba Al-Qawasmi, University of Illinois at Chicago
87. Naseem Hosseini, Student, DePaul University
88. Sami Kishawi, Student, University of Chicago
89. Wiley Wells, Student, Columbia College
90. Graham Jenkins, Student Columbia College
91. Brittany Puller, Student, Lake Forest College
92. Sumara Baig, Student, Lake Forest College
93. Yusuf Ismail, Student, Lake Forest College
94. Cory Behroozi, Student, Northwestern University
95. Natalie Kase, Student, DePaul University
96. David Gueringer, Student, Lake Forest College
97. Adeeba Mabruk, Student, DePaul University
98. Yuriy Reznik, Alumni, Loyola University Chicago
99. Sean Mullin, Student, DePaul University
100. Claudia Garcia-Rojas, Alumni, DePaul University
101. Marwa Abed, Alumni, DePaul University
102. Kymbat Akzholtoeva, Student, DePaul University
103. Paula Bui, Alumni, Loyola University Chicago
104. Sarah Jane Rhee, Alumni, DePaul University
105. Layla Judah, Alumni, University of Illinois at Chicago
106. Andres Jaramillo, Staff, University of Illinois at Chicago
107. Benjamin Meyer, Alumni, DePaul University
108. Susan Hashim, Alumni, DePaul University
109. Sukaina Hussain, Alumni, Loyola University Chicago
110. Sezim Zamirbekova, Student, City Colleges of Chicago
111. Judith K. Gardiner, Professor of English and of Gender and Women's Studies Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago
112. Aseal Tineh, Student, University of Chicago
113. Jonathan Baker, Student, DePaul University
114. Rachel Rubin, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
115. Ariel Ruiz, Student, University of Chicago
116. Najia H Suhweil, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
117. Sabree Abedrabo, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
118. Talat Suleiman, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
119. Amera Al-Ali, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
120. Lina Abu-Shalbak, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
121. Rebecca Abraham, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
122. Hanan Wuhush, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
123. Noor Fakhari, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
124. Jessica Mecellem, Student, Loyola University Chicago
125. Sairah Chaudhry, Student, Loyola University Chicago
126. Nashiha Alam, Student, Loyola University Chicago
127. Nehal Hindi, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
128. Amani Elayan, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
129. Anbreen Basher, Student, Loyola University Chicago
130. Mariam Ahmad, Student, Loyola University Chicago
131. Sawsan Al-Ali, Student, Northeastern Illinois University
132. Serene Darwish, Student, Northwestern University
133. Noorah Abdullah, Student, Loyola University Chicago
134. Taylor A'Latorre, Student, Northwestern University
135. Javaria Haleem, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
136. Emma Ibrahim, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
137. Noor Wazwaz, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago,
138. Abdul-Raoof Aduib, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
139. Hossam El-Shikh, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
140. Mohammad Suleiman, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
141. Ali Ottman, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
142. Natasha Nassar, Student, Northwestern University
143. Sally Nahhas, Student, Lake Forest College
144. Mohammad Ahmad, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
145. Husam Saleh, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
146. Leena Saleh, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
147. Baha Abusharara, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
148. Alia Mohammad, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
149. Abrar Ouri, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
150. Zaynab Hedroug, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
151. Yasmine Matariyeh, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
152. Dina Turkmani, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
153. Bara Abusharara, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
154. Nadia Nabulsi, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
155. Nolan Lanis, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
156. Katrina Lim, Student, Loyola University Chicago
157. Eleanor Diaz, Student, Loyola University Chicago
158. David Ali, Student, Loyola University Chicago
159. Francisco Martinez, Student, Harold Washington College
160. Delaney Gaughan, Student, Loyola University Chicago
161. Rolando Pérez, Student, Loyola University Chicago
162. Ali Habib, Student, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
163. Hagar Gomaa, Student, Northwestern University
164. Maureen Baynes, Student, Loyola University Chicago
165. Samah Kutom, Student, Loyola University Chicago
166. Yali Amit, Faculty, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago
167. Samee Sulaiman, Student, University of Chicago
168. Lizmarie Oliveras, Alumni, University of Chicago
169. Leela Bhatia-Newman, Student, University of Chicago
170. Matthew Lemieux, Student, University of Chicago
171. Sana Baig, Student, Loyola University Chicago
172. Reana Thomas, Student, Loyola University Chicago
173. Abbey Fox, Alumni, DePaul University
174. Mauricio Maluff Masi, Northwestern University
175. Remal Hindi, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
176. Dina Elmuti, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
177. Hana Hasan, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
178. Wisam Abdallah, Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
177. Yvette Ssempijja, Student, Loyola University Chicago
178. Naeem Vahora, Student, DePaul University
179. Katie McAuliff, Student, DePaul University
180. Shafiqa Salem, Student, Northeastern Illinois University
181. Filor Nighoghosian, Student, Northeastern Illinois University
182. Malesh Frezar, Student, East-West University
183. Will Longwe, Student, East-West University
184. Paul Kim, Student, University of Chicago
185. Olivia Woollen, Student, University of Chicago
186. Renee Coler, Student, DePaul University
187. Joshua Sklodowska-Johnson, Student, University of Chicago
188. Elizabeth Brown, Student, University of Chicago

Other Signatures

1. Daniel Kaplan
2. Leroy Fassett
3. Linda Larson
4. Linda Kateeb
5. Marian Lynch
6. Nabil Andoni
7. Donna Caplin
8. Lisa Kosowski
9. Stephanie Sandor
10. Colleen Mooney
11. Namah M Hasan
12. Akram I Hasan
13. Muhammad Sankari
14. Joe Balkis
15. Allan Barreda
16. Tony Asta
17. Eleni Zimiles
18. Susan Shadid
19. Phebe Balzer
20. Sahar Halabi
21. Louis Hirsch
22. Meredith George
23. Walid Halabi
24. Nadia Blan
25. Anwaar Judeh
26. Molly McQueen
27. Sam Blan
28. Margaret Fulkerson
29. Lana Miari
30. Paul Thomas
31. Carolyn McDonnell
32. Patricia Roessler
33. Eithne Cunningham
34. Stanwood Nutter, Advisory Engineer (retired), Syracuse University
35. Mr. Sherry Brown
36. Robert H Stiver
37. Dan Lara
38. Christopher Fogarty
39. Kyle O'Laughlin
40. Andre Rabie
41. Basem Khader
42. John Somers
43. Raymond Gordon
44. Rael Nidess, M.D.
45. Stephen R. Oviatt
46. Ismail Eriken
47. Galen Trembath
48. Martin Deppe, Drew University
49. Amy Y. Kimura
50. Sam Hallak
51. Karen Clarke
52. Andrew Rwlas, Adjunt professor, Concordia Universiy Chicago
53. Marshall Carter
54. Debbie Southorn
55. Suhail Shafi
56. Change Agent
57. Annette McManus
58. John Nickles
59. Amir Mobasheri
60. Margaret Christoforo, Student, Earlham College
61. John Somers, Alumni, Harvard Law School
62. Marsha Ross
63. Neal Madnick
64. Sam H. Hallak
65. Harriet Ziskin
66. Patricia Orlinski
67. Stephen R. Oviatt
68. Nicole McManus
69. Lorraine Caputo
70. Judith Lutfy
71. Rachel Hirsch
72. Alaa Mukahhal, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
73. Eldon Grossman
74. Peter Gunther
75. Cantor Michael Davis
76. Shafeka Hashash
77. Sally Howland
78. Elisabeth Southorn
79. Galen Trembath
80. Ahndrea Sprattling
81. Tinne Van Loon
82. Christina Obregón
83. Darrell M. Lorance Jr.
84. Trista Vick-Majors, Student, Montana State University
85. Michele Spector
86. Aghiles Imekhlaf
87. Muhannad Kayali
88. Damian Fontanez, Student, American University
89. Lynn Pollack
90. Vincent Calvetti, The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington)
91. Robert Hickman
92. Joanne Schwarz, Parent retired as a professor from U Mass. Amherst
93. Mary Fogarty
94. Hak Weuber, New York University School of Law
95. Joan McCoy
96. Mary Hood
97. Carolyn Scarr
98. Barbara Zaha
99. Joel Finkel
100. Laura Maddox
101. Nancy L Cowger
102. Hiam Abu-shalbak
103. Hamzah Abushalbak
104. Mohammad Abu-shalbak
105. Janet Rodriguez
106. Athena Saldanha, University of California Berkeley
107. Samir Bedrawi, Student, Sourboune
108. Nasir Almasri, Student, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
109. Amanda Joy Sidell
110. John McHale
111. Talal Nabulsi
112. Omniah Alharbi, University of Illinois at Chicago
113. Oscar Chacon, Executive Director, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
114. Xochitl Espinosa, Program Manager, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
115. Rocio Gomez, Casa Michoacán
116. Maher Alhaj
117. Mohammad Habib
118. Jacob Hostetter
119. Louise Fields
120. Marcia Bogolub
121. Phil Kaplan
122. Burton Steck
123. Widad Albassam
124. Zarin Sultana
125. Ali Amin
126. Alaee Hamad
127.Nihaya Mizyed
128. Osama Ahmad, Student, University of California at Irvine
129. Mazes Kanji
130. Lena Elmuti, Student, Eastern Illinois University
131. Amira Boctor, College of DuPage
132. Stavroula Harissis

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