Rae Abileah is the co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace (www.codepink.org). She is also a founding member of Young Jewish Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace. Rae has visited Israel and the West Bank several times, and has traveled to Gaza and Iran. She is a contributing author to 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military; Sisters Singing: Incantations, Blessings, Chants, Prayers, Art and Sacred Stories by Women; Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Stories of Jewish Peace Activists; and Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution. Her articles have been published on Mondoweiss, AlterNet, Common Dreams, Pink Tank, and she has guest blogged for Global Exchange.
Rae graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights. She has a background in domestic violence prevention, as a survivor of domestic abuse, a public speaker and workshop facilitator, and a peer counselor. Rae has participated the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as a youth delegate in the non-profit sector. While studying at the Biosphere II program in Arizona, Rae co-founded Amig@s Naturales, a US-Mexico organization that forged friendships across the border to address water contamination. Rae co-led American Jewish World Service's youth delegations to El Salvador focusing on environmental justice issues in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquakes; she later took part in a regional peace and sustainability initiative with the Foundation for Self Sufficiency in Central America.
Rae is a co-organizer of several of CODEPINK's campaigns including Occupy AIPAC (www.occupyaipac.org
), the Stolen Beauty (www.stolenbeauty.org
) boycott of illegal settlement products Ahava Cosmetics & SodaStream, and Women Occupy (www.womenoccupy.org
). When not on the road for pink protests, she compliments her activism with creative writing, home-cooked meals, surfing, and calling the Congressional switchboard on speed dial. Rae lives in Berkeley, CA.
Creative Direct Action
Ending US Wars and Militarism
Women and Activism, Economic Justice, and Global Peace
Linking Domestic and Global Violence
Counter Military Recruitment
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Rae, please email her at rae [at] codepink [dot] org