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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