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Tell TIAA-CREF to stop investing in the Separation Wall

Ask one of the largest financial services 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.

While TIAA-CREF is particularly interested in hearing from participants (or clients) with accounts, they also have an interest in protecting their image: Financial Services for the Greater Good.

Let them know that investing in companies like Elbit who profit from illegal construction and surveillance projects does not support the Greater Good! Share your concerns with them about the impact of the Wall on resource rights–and in particular, about companies like Elbit that TIAA-CREF invests in.

For more information about the campaign, click here. If you have TIAA-CREF, take part in our call to action instead. For more information about the campaign, click here.

As people who believe in the Greater Good, we 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
    6413 Thu Mar 17 15:55:55 EDT 2016 Gerald Brookman
    6412 Wed Mar 16 22:07:03 EDT 2016 Cheryl Fergeson
    6411 Wed Mar 16 13:08:16 EDT 2016 Mary F Platter-Rieger
    6410 Tue Mar 15 12:40:59 EDT 2016 Dorothy Kethler
    6409 Mon Mar 14 15:59:21 EDT 2016 James Squire
    6408 Mon Mar 14 13:58:11 EDT 2016 Jane Taylor
    6407 Mon Mar 14 13:37:23 EDT 2016 Clare Farabaugh
    6406 Mon Mar 14 12:23:32 EDT 2016 Kate Metcalf
    6405 Thu Mar 03 22:52:08 EST 2016 rick morales
    6404 Thu Mar 03 17:24:31 EST 2016 Milo Matthews
    6403 Thu Mar 03 16:16:08 EST 2016 A B
    6402 Fri Feb 26 11:56:28 EST 2016 Diana Dee
    6401 Fri Jan 29 12:47:21 EST 2016 Laura Goldberg
    6400 Sun Jan 03 17:01:58 EST 2016 Robert Hitt
    6399 Fri Dec 18 20:02:03 EST 2015 Milo Matthews
    6398 Mon Dec 07 20:45:25 EST 2015 Kathi L'Belle
    6397 Mon Dec 07 15:44:16 EST 2015 Nellie Adaba
    6396 Mon Dec 07 15:44:16 EST 2015 Nellie Adaba
    6395 Mon Nov 30 09:37:39 EST 2015 mary tindukasiri
    6394 Sun Nov 29 12:38:54 EST 2015 Richard Zaslow
    6393 Wed Oct 07 20:11:55 EDT 2015 Carol Ohlendorf
    6392 Wed Oct 07 14:21:26 EDT 2015 virginia sheheen
    6391 Wed Oct 07 14:02:41 EDT 2015 Gloria J Howard
    6390 Wed Oct 07 13:32:04 EDT 2015 roseann ruggiero
    6389 Wed Oct 07 13:16:16 EDT 2015 Andrew Katsetos
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