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Nancy Fleck

Nancy Fleck

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(Caterpillar's)nternalcodeof conduct, epresentpromisehat notonlyisn't being ulfilled, butisratherbeing continuallyviolated.As anexffemelyconcemedha¡eholder f Caterpillar,and anequallyconcemedmemberofintemationalcivil society, basemypersonalindication n this matteronthe egalweight andjurisdictionofthe highestudicialbodyn the world, the UnitedNations nternationalCourtof Justice(ICJ).Thecourt'smonumental uly 2004advisoryopinionrenderedo theUN GeneralAssemblyproclaimedhathe entireworld hasamoral and egal obligationnotto renderaid or support"o, andrecognize he llegalityof,the militaryoccupationf Palestine,with specificegard o the SeparationWallunderconstructionyIsrael ntheOccupiedPalestinian erritories. t is fromthededicated ndreliablework of organizations uchasnternationalmonitoringgroupHumanRightsWatchand ocalIsraelihuman ightsgroupB'Tselem, mongnumerous thers,hat I learnedofmy
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artly-owned)company'sulldozersplayrngsucha criticalrole in the maintenance nd acilitation ofthese llegalactivities.What'smore, he companyexecutivesnowoftheunequivocalarticipationandusageof companyproductsn the abovecrimes,which comeat the executives'sanctionnd approval.HumanRightsWatchhaswritten toourCEO Jim Owensurgrnghecompanyo divest heir holdingsn the Israeligovemmentntilthestatecomplieswithintemational aw. The United Nationshaswritten to thecompany's xecutivesotifying them ofthe human ightscatastrophearticularlyconcerninghefrightfrrlly increasingotentialofmassstarvationofPalestinian iviliansn which the company scontributingbyfacilitating massdestruction f civilian agriculturalesources. uchcompassionatepleaswere spurned ftheirseriousness,iserably emissof any due regardbyMr.Owens.Mostpersonallyupsettingof all, we,thecompany'swn shareholders,avepersistentlynd urgentlyrecommended ivestmentrom these rimesby suggestinghat heexecutives irecthe companymorehonorablybypracticingsocialesponsibility.Caterpillarexecutives avenot onlyfailed to comply witheachoftheabovepleas,hey refuse o recognize ny wrongdoingn their actions.Our resolutionasshareholdersas,oryears,continuallybeenejectedas "an inappropriate seofcompanyresources"forthem oevenegardor consider t, substantively.his morally degrading nd llegal behaviorsunacceptable,o am(asmany othersare)obligedo resort o additionalavenues.hat s thepurposeof my writingtoyoutoday.I am askingyoutofulfillyourpurposeas a committeeformonitoring abor andhuman ights ssues"which directlyconcern he businessnvestmentsiaproductandserviceicensingoftheUniversity ofAnzonaandodo everythingnyourpowero disassociateourselvesromthecompanyn which I,andnowyou,holdstake,togetherwiththecompanyofmyshareholderonstituentsn the MotorolaCorporation,who havebroughtsimilarresolutionseforeheir companyonlytoberejectedwithcomparableisdainand disregard ytheirownexecutives.n lightof eachcompany'segal andethicalintransigence,ow Ibelievet is onlythroughexactingacutebusinesseverage hat my companyexecutiveswill effectivelybepressuredocomplywith intemational awWhileIunderstandour powers non-bindingand hatyoucanonlygiverecommendationsaswellas hold educationalorumsabouthe ssues foryouruniversityosever inancialies with CaterpillarandMotorola,you,as a committee, an ulfillyourownpurposendprinciplesno betterhan ocarefullydraft andpresentn officialrecommendation,n writing, addressedoyourpresidentnd/oruniversityboardof directors,whichoutlineshe contextand circumstancesfthecompanies'iolationsandhow the universitycanbenefitby divestingdirectly fromboth, whilepubliclystatingheir reasons.Justas nthecaseagainsthe RussellCorporationearlier hisyearaboutwhich I waspleasedo hear
 
howyourcommitteeplayedan nstrumentalole with the studentsnSweatshop-Freeoalition(SFC)and he University CommunityorHumanRights(UCHR)npersuadinghe Universityo divest tsholdings n Russellgoodsand servicesecause fthatcompany'swn criminalactivities n Honduras.The factthatRussellendedup doingexactlywhat they ndicatedimeandime againwas "impossible"for them odo(namelyprovidingreparations,n fuIl,thatwere demandedy the victims ofRussell'scriminalpractices),spowerfullyinstructive,and attestsll the more clearlyo theeffrcacyofuniversitydivestmentnitiatives.At thispoint,allow me a word aboutmy connectiono theUniversityofArizona,which drawsall myconcems o ahead n a numberof ways.Today, iving in Tucson,particularlynear he university,haveenjoyedrequentingmany cultural and otherevents hathaveprofitedmmenselyrom the nnovationandcreativityof its students,aculty and staff. alsosupporta numberofinitiatives ed by energeticandpassionatetudentsn suchcampusorganizationssMEChA,VoicesofOpposition,AmnestyInternational, nd Studentsor Justicen Palestine.am an especially rdentsupporterfthepassionatestudentsnUCHR.I am tremendouslyratefulor their honorablework, dedication,ersistence,ndexceeding crutinynthismatter.As a supporter,dmirer,andneighborof theuniversity,hen, feel I havea culturaland socialinvestmentnits intellectual,educational nd sociallymportant uture and sharen the hopeofitsmissionandprinciples.Therefore,feel mpelled o writetoyouwith burningurgencyconcerningno-less-thannornoushumanights crisisyouruniversityaces oday,as thas or the manyyearshat t hasbeenassociatedwithboth companieswhilethey'vebeencommittedo the mostgraveandgrimofhumanights abuses.Your universitys already otneutral n thesematters.Onthis issue, here snosuchhing asneutrality.To remainneutral"s tobe onthe sideofthest¿tusuo,and nthecaseofthe UniversityofArizona,the statusquos to support he occupation,racticallyand symbolically,by directnvestment flicensingagreements.You haveapowerfulchoice bothas annstitutionand as ndividualshatcomprisehe nstitutionnot to bemplicated n the crimesofmycompany,nd ofthecompanyof my shareholderonstituentsinMotorola.True,youcarulotcontrol eachwhat CaterpillarorMotorola does;youcannotcontrolwhatthe U.S.governmentoes;youcannotcontrolwhat the Israeligovemmentoes;butyoucan ensurethatyouruniversityholdsrue to itsownprinciplesandhasnopartn the responsibilityf whatintemationalaw designatess ourth-partyculpabilityviolationsofintemational umanights andhumanitarianaw.Ihavemet withrepresentation f the student-led CHRmonitoringgroup;hey havenformedmeverythoroughlyonthesituationon campus,swell as on someofthesupportivenformationhaveeamedandhave ncluded nthis letter,mainlyprovidedbythe work of human ightsandhumanitarianorganizations.wouldlike to expressmy supreme elighto hear hatyou,asmembers fthecommittee,re n full supportofthestudentswho havebroughthis matteroyourattentionn thebeginningof this schoolyear;hatyouhavebeengivingthoughtfuland considereduggestionso themalongheway whichhave nvolved continuallyollowing up onthis matter,conductingarefulandconsiderednvestigations, nd coveringa wide,yetconcentrated,angeof avenuesn orderoensureawell-earned,egitimateandustresolutionat theend.I believehat end o benear fvoumake his recommendationoday.

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