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Rachel was a 23 year old activist from Washington State who had a promising future ahead.   From her early years there seemed to be something special about Rachel.   There also seemed something special about the quality of education she received, find calcium carbonate which from an early age, find calcium carbonate focused on important social and environmental issues which seems unfortunately unique compared to the more standard education model taught in our schools today.  While most young girls are more concerned with Barbies, find calcium carbonate clothes and make up, find calcium carbonate Rachel from what I've read seemed to have much bigger concerns on her mind.    I came across a link which showed an older clip of Rachel when she must have been no older than five or six, find calcium carbonate giving a grade school speech about poverty and how it affects children in other countries.   Even at such a young age she was eloquent and poised.  It was apparent that the issue of ending human suffering was a driving force for Rachel all her life. Rachel at Capital High School, find calcium carbonate Olympia, find calcium carbonate WA When she was 23, find calcium carbonate Rachel entered the war torn world of occupied Palestine with a hand ful of other activists from the International Solidarity Movement.  An ISM protest in Gaza against Israel's shooting of Palestinian children. Find calcium carbonate On the right, find calcium carbonate Rachel Corrie When she arrived, find calcium carbonate  Rachel and the other activists attended two days of training in non-violent resistance and essentially volunteered to protect and block Palestinian homes that were being demolished by the Israeli Defense Forces.     Rachel Corrie chats with a Palestinian friend, find calcium carbonate living in a dire situation in Rafah, find calcium carbonate Gaza. To listen to Rachel as she was volunteering in occupied Palestine only days before her death, find calcium carbonate watch the powerful video below: On March 16th, find calcium carbonate 2003 an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie.  According to witnesses and photographic documentation, find calcium carbonate she was killed intentionally.   Rachel Corrie stands in front of an Israeli army bulldozer wearing an orange jacket so that she can be easily identified and seen. Rachel as she stands between an Israeli bulldozer and a Palestinian physician's house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. The Israeli bulldozer ran over her and then backed up, find calcium carbonate crushing her chest and skull. Friends try to help Rachel as they wait for transportation to the nearest hospital.  However, find calcium carbonate she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, find calcium carbonate Rachel had been in front of a family home in Palestine, find calcium carbonate standing in front of the property in hopes of protecting it from being destroyed.   That day the Palestinian home was not destroyed.  However the life of Rachel Corrie was destroyed by an Israeli soldier who crushed her under the weight of the bulldozer.  "Rachel and a handful of others practicing Gandhian nonviolence in the Gaza Strip had been pleading with Israeli soldiers for two hours not to destroy a Palestinian family home. Find calcium carbonate Suddenly, find calcium carbonate the Israeli bulldozer operator began driving his giant bulldozer toward the home, find calcium carbonate Rachel sitting in the bulldozer’s path. 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