|Born||Rachel Aliene Corrie
April 10, 1979
Olympia, Washington, United States
|Died||March 16, 2003
Rafah, Gaza Strip
|Cause of death||Killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer|
|Alma mater||The Evergreen State College|
|Known for||Controversy surrounding death|
|Home town||Olympia, Washington, United States|
I really value words. I really try to illustrate and let people draw their own conclusions.
We are protecting civilians. We are unarmed. We are no threat to you. Please do not shoot.
I think freedom for Palestine could be an incredible source of hope to people struggling all over the world. I think it could also be an incredible inspiration to Arab people in the Middle East, who are struggling under undemocratic regimes which the U.S. supports.
I've had this underlying need to go to a place and meet people who are on the other end of the portion of my tax money that goes to fund the U.S. and other militaries.
Death smells like homemade apple sauce as it cooks on the stove. It is not the strangling sense of illness. It is not fear. It is freedom.
I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive. It's horrifying.
Whenever I organize or participate in public protest I get really worried that it will just suck, be really small, embarrassing, and the media will laugh at me. Oftentimes, it is really small and most of the time the media laughs at us.
When I am an old woman, I will stop trying to look beautiful. I will quit wearing makeup and buying uncomfortable clothes because they look good. Maybe I will take up nudism.
Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with.
We should be inspired by people… who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong-even in the most difficult circumstances.
We are all born and someday we'll all die. Most likely to some degree alone. Our aloneness in this world is, maybe not anymore, a thing to mourn.
Maybe if people stopped thinking of themselves, and started thinking of the other sides of things, people wouldn't hurt each other.
I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children's author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president.
I am a good, strong word giver; I am a jealous guard of my own secrets. Freedom is the rule; I am hungry for one good thing I can do.