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A Tale of Two Cities Olympia Rafah Solidarity Project

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The world's largest solidarity mural is nearing completion in Olympia, WA, the home of ISM activist Rachel Corrie. The 4000 square foot mural depicts a giant olive tree festooned with over 150 "talking" leaves, each one representing a solidarity organization or activist project including images by Palestinian artists including  Vera Tamari, Ziad Deeb and Sliman Mansour,  activist groups like Bi'lin Popular Committee, Anarchists Against the Wall, Zochrot and others from the US and elsewhere including incarcerated Native American, Leonard Peltier. At the base of the olive tree the separation wall is flying apart under the force of a giant Hokusai styled ocean wave. Olympia is the capitol of the state of Washington and is located an hour south of Seattle. 

Second and third phases of the project are planned to include a mural in Rafah and web-based ghost maps of the social justice histories of Olympia and Rafah - two cities joined by the death and life of solidarity activist Rachel Corrie.

The project honors Rachel's vision of international solidarity and is cosponsored by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, the International Trauma Treatment Program, MECA/Middle East Children's Alliance, The Rachel Corrie Foundation and the Break The Silence Mural Project. 

As the civil trial in the case of the death of Rachel Corrie continues in Haifa - in which Rachel Corrie's family hopes to hold the Israeli government accountable for Rachel's death in Rafah, Gaza, an audio component is being added for each of the giant olive tree's leaves. You can listen to the leaves on-line or in person via cell-phone. For more information go to www.olympiarafahmural.org.



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