Get up-to-date information about the Caterpillar shareholder meeting in Chicago, the press conference beforehand, a list of experts on the issue of CAT sales to Israel, fact sheets, high resolution photos of CAT bulldozers destroying homes, and a copy of the legal complaint against CAT.
Media Advisory for Press Conference (From Jewish Voice for Peace)
Shareholder Resolution on Sales to Israel for CAT 2005 Meeting
Fact Sheet on Caterpillar, Shareholder Resolution, Lawsuit and Campaign
Financial Implications of Home Demolitions - Risk to CAT Brand Name
Fact Sheet on Caterpillar D9 Bulldozers from Human Rights Watch
Declaration on Caterpillar Human Rights Abuses
High Resolution Photos for Reprint
Legal Complaint Against Caterpillar, Inc.
List of Speakers for Press Conference - Biographies and Contact Info
Experts on the Issues - Available for Interviews
Religious and human rights groups, investors take on Caterpillar in Chicago at April 13 annual shareholder meeting
Shareholder resolution asks if CAT is liable for violation of human rights.
Simultaneous protests in 40 cities around the world.
CONTACTS Liat Weingart 415-846-3581; Matt Gaines 312-804-2822
WHEN Wednesday, April 13
WHERE 12:00 - 3 pm: Protest at Northern Trust Building, 50 S LaSalle Street.
12:30 pm: Press conference outside of Northern Trust Building.
1:30 pm: Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting.
WHO Press conference:
Sister Mary Ann McGivern – Sisters of Loretto
Sister Valerie Heinonen - Mercy Investment Group
Cheryl Broderson – Aunt of Rachel Corrie, killed by Caterpillar bulldozer
Marty Rosenbluth – Israel/Palestine specialist, Amnesty International
Alison Parker – Refugee protection expert, Human Rights Watch
Liat Weingart – Jewish Voice for Peace
Hatem Abudayyeh – StopCAT Coalition.
WHAT 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. On the same day, groups in over 40 cities– including Chicago, Washington, DC, Dallas, Memphis, New York City, Stockholm, and Boston – will hold vocal demonstrations at Caterpillar dealerships and board member offices.
WHY While Israel recently ended its policy of home demolitions related to acts of violence, the vast majority continue under a policy of administrative home demolitions, meaning homes are typically destroyed due to minor permit violations.
For the second year in a row, JVP introduced a Caterpillar shareholder resolution calling for an investigation into whether the sale of such bulldozers violates CAT’s corporate responsibility policy. Currently, CAT is facing a lawsuit from the parents of a young American woman who was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian home and a global surge in bad press about Caterpillar's role in the razing of homes.
PHOTO: Protest outside of the shareholder meeting. Poster-size photographs of CAT D9 bulldozers destroying homes. Banners: “Cat bulldozes peace,” “Cat destroys homes,” with logos of organizations represented at press conference and large photograph of D-9 Caterpillar bulldozer.