LET ME STAND ALONE: The Journals of RACHEL CORRIE
One young woman’s voice—intense and poetic—grapples with universal ideas as it chronicles a personal journey
cut short. How do we find our way in the world? How do our actions affect others? What do we owe the
rest of humanity?
These are the timeless questions so eloquently posed by Rachel Corrie, a young American
activist killed on March 16, 2003, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the
Gaza Strip. She was 23-years-old.
LET ME STAND ALONE: The Journals of RACHEL CORRIE reveals Corrie’s striking gifts as a poet and writer while telling her story
in her own words, from her earliest reflections to her final emails. Her writing brings to life all that it means to come of
age—a dawning sense of self, a thirst for one’s own ideals, and an evolving connection to others, near and far. Corrie writes
about the looming issues of her time as well as the ordinary angst of an American teen, all with breathtaking passion, compassion,
insight and humor. Her writing reverberates with conviction and echoes her long-held belief in the oneness of
humanity: “We have got to understand that they dream our dreams, and we dream theirs.”
Softcover, 313 pages
Excerpt from page 176:
I think a lot in this world depends right now on the middle class in the United States. People who, while not directly manipulating the present system for their own profit, are still benefiting from it, are certainly sheltered by it, and , at this point, are still able to avoid the most dire consequences of it. Things could go pretty well if all the soccer moms in the country suddenly decided they were not going to buy from, vote for, or otherwise support anybody who dumps waste in the water or exploits moms in other places or their children.
Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia,
Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16
March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the
home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
Since her killing, an enormous amount of solidarity activities have been carried out in her name around the world.
Rachel’s journals and emails from her time in Palestine are available
in a variety of forms. They have been published in books, turned into
plays and dramatic readings, and used around the internet. They are not
always reproduced in their entirety and we have collected them here,
uncut, for easier reading. Read Rachel’s emails from Palestine.
I should at least mention that I am also discovering a
degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in
the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think
the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe,
hopefully, someday you will.
- Rachel Corrie, in an email to her mother, February 28 2003
Text from Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice www.rachelcorriefoundation.org