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Day of protest against Caterpillar Corporation

Bil'in joins international day of protest against Caterpillar Corporation

On Wednesday, April 13th, Caterpillar Corporation shareholders will vote on a groundbreaking resolution calling on CAT to investigate whether its sale of bulldozers to Israel violates its own Worldwide Code of Business Conduct.

In the West Bank village of Bil'in Caterpillar Bulldozers are being used to destroy farmland and olive groves to make way for the Annexation Wall. The people of Bil'in will march in protest against Caterpillar and its participation in the theft and destruction of their land.

The demonstration will start at 1 pm at the mosque.

In Chicago advocates of the resolution will hold a press conference outside of the Northern Trust Building - the location of CAT's shareholder meeting -at 12:30 local Chicago Time at 50 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago. Both proponents and opponents of the resolution will speak at the meeting, scheduled for 1:30 PM at the Northern Trust Building.

On the same day, groups in dozens of cities across the world - including Bil'in, Chicago Washington, DC, Dallas, Memphis, New York City, Stockholm, and Boston - will hold demonstrations at Caterpillar dealerships and the offices of board members.

Last month, the parents of Rachel Corrie, a young human rights volunteer who was killed two years ago by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian home, sued Caterpillar and the Israeli government. The suit charges that CAT knowingly sold machines used to violate human rights. The company is also confronting a global surge in bad press about Caterpillar's role in the razing of Palestinian homes, land and olive trees. In recent years thousands of Palestinians have been left homeless. Thousands of dunums of land have been razed and rendered inaccessible due to Israel's Annexation Wall. By providing equipment to Israel Caterpillar corporation is accomplice in war crimes.

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