Painting by Anna Eggleton
The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project finds its orgins in the aspirations of Rachel Corrie, a young human rights activist from Olympia, WA, who was killed while attempting to protect a family’s home from demolition in the Gazan city of Rafah on March 16, 2003.
Mission: The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project actively promotes and fosters friendships between the people of Olympia, Washington and Rafah, Palestine, for the purpose of strengthening cross-cultural awareness and understanding, international cooperation, justice, and peace.
Following in Rachel’s footsteps, we will collaborate with the people of Rafah to create lasting friendships across borders and bridge cultural gaps through popular education, advocacy, communication, and community exchange. These friendships help us to educate ourselves, increase awareness, and demonstrate solidarity in a common struggle for a just and prompt peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.