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Rae Abileah is a national organizer with CODEPINK Women for Peace. She connects CODEPINK's national campaigns with the grassroots women's movement for peace, and brings organizing resources to local activists who work creatively to stop the war in Iraq from over 200 small towns and cities around the country, and many places around the world. Rae has found through CODEPINK a network of compassionate women who daily inspire her to stand up for peace, from marches, to vigils, to getting thrown out of Bush's Inauguration! Rae's work with local activists keeps her well informed on the grassroots peace movement and direct action initiatives to end the US occupation of Iraq. Rae has also organized actions and workshops about deceptive tactics used by military recruiters and how to inform students and parents of their rights and the realities of joining the military today. She is a contributing author to 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military and the forthcoming anthology, Sisters Singing: Incantations, Blessings, Chants, Prayers, Art and Sacred Stories by Women. Rae is from San Francisco, California, but spends much of her time traveling with CODEPINK. 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.
Where was Tikkun Olam at the AIPAC Conference in DC?
Like most American Jews, I grew up with a deep appreciation for the state of Israel. After witnessing the attack of Gaza on TV and hearing the calls for crippling sanctions on Iran, I can no longer avert my eyes to the other side of the story most rabbis still aren't talking about.