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Like many around the globe, I was horrified and saddened by the tragic murders of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown by a man using a military-style assault weapon. I am an educator and a parent: this hit home for me in excruciating ways.

Along with many other educators, my retirement investments are managed by TIAA-CREF, a not-for-profit company that is the largest provider of financial services to American teachers, librarians, and cultural and medical workers. Imagine my shock and dismay, therefore, when I realized that my own retirement funds were being invested in Smith & Wesson and in Sturm, Ruger, two companies that manufacture versions of the same AR15 semiautomatic rifle used to take so many lives in Newtown—and used, also, in the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

On its website, TIAA-CREF proclaims, "We hold ourselves to a higher standard." Let us demand that TIAA-CREF honor its stated commitment to "doing right, which is fundamental to our commitment to integrity, service and customer relationships."

We are calling on TIAA-CREF to “do right” in this post-Newtown moment. Private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management has already acted to divest from gun companies, citing the massacre of 20 students and 6 educators at Sandy Hook School as "a watershed event." Yet TIAA-CREF, despite its commitment to “doing right,” has failed to take a stand.

We call on TIAA-CREF to divest itself immediately of its holdings in Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. Tell TIAA-CREF: Stop Investing in Assault Weapons! Please join me in sending TIAA-CREF a clear message by signing this petition and circulating it to your colleagues and friends. Thank you!

Letter to
President and CEO, TIAA-CREF Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
Senior Managing Director and Chief Information Officer, TIAA-CREF Annabelle Bexiga
Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asset Management, TIAA-CREF Carol Deckbar
and 9 others
Executive Vice President, Risk Management, TIAA-CREF Stephen Gruppo
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF Ron Pressman
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, TIAA-CREF Otha Spriggs
Executive Vice President and President of Retirement and Individual Financial Services, TIAA-CREF Ed Van Dolsen
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, TIAA-CREF Constance Weaver
Chief Financial Officer, TIAA-CREF Virginia Wilson
Director, Corporate Public Relations, TIAA-CREF John McCool
Director, Corporate Media Relations, TIAA-CREF Chad Peterson
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Brandon Becker
In this post-Newtown era, I believe that TIAA-CREF cannot conform to its pledge to "hold ourselves to a higher standard" while investing in assault weapons manufacturers. I ask that TIAA-CREF divest from Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger immediately.