Grassroots International

Tell TIAA-CREF to stop investing in the Separation Wall

Ask one of the largest financial services companies in the United States to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd., the company that profits by building the Separation Wall – the structure that separates Palestinian farmers from their land and water resources.

TIAA-CREF is particularly interested in hearing from people like you: the participants (or clients) who expect the corporation to live up to its motto: Financial Services for the Greater Good

Don't have TIAA-CREF? Take part by adding your name to our petition asking TIAA-CREF to divest today.

We are TIAA-CREF participants and investors who are deeply concerned that TIAA-CREF invests in companies like Elbit Systems Ltd. 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. Elbit is also one of the main contractors building the illegal Separation Wall, which expropriates Palestinian resources, including scarce water and even the land itself – resources that are key to farming, food production, human survival and self-determination.

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 our commitment to equality, freedom, and international law, we therefore urgently request that:

• TIAA-CREF divest from companies like Elbit that:
1) Directly profit from or contribute to the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
2) 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.
3) 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,
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    Number Date Name
    1231 Fri Jul 17 17:31:03 EDT 2015 Howard Pflanzer
    1230 Fri Jul 17 17:15:29 EDT 2015 Vicky Steinitz
    1229 Sat Apr 18 11:08:39 EDT 2015 Paul Easton
    1228 Sun Feb 01 10:58:57 EST 2015 Bob Fay
    1227 Fri Jan 30 08:47:52 EST 2015 Margaret Davies
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    1225 Thu Jan 29 14:39:11 EST 2015 Mara Sabinson
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    1222 Mon Nov 24 09:53:48 EST 2014 Catherine Coray
    1221 Sat Nov 22 14:55:12 EST 2014 Edward Ziter
    1220 Wed Oct 08 08:14:17 EDT 2014 Marilyn Dori
    1219 Mon Oct 06 13:16:03 EDT 2014 John Ripton
    1218 Thu Sep 25 10:17:29 EDT 2014 Sheila Low-Beer
    1217 Tue Jul 29 16:18:35 EDT 2014 Cynthia Pelak
    1216 Sat Jul 26 22:02:35 EDT 2014 DANIELA SOLERI
    1215 Sat Jul 26 17:31:28 EDT 2014 Lisa Petrie
    1214 Thu Jul 24 14:41:28 EDT 2014 Robert Rosen
    1213 Thu Jul 24 12:09:42 EDT 2014 Andrew Paul Gutierrez
    1212 Thu Jul 17 12:06:57 EDT 2014 Anonymous
    1211 Thu Jul 17 12:00:28 EDT 2014 Steve Eisenbach-Budner
    1210 Mon Jun 23 17:11:56 EDT 2014 Paul Easton
    1209 Sat May 31 00:29:33 EDT 2014 Julian Kunnie
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