International Women’s Day with Rachel Gilmer, Noura Erakat and Rebecca Vilkomerson


Rachel Gilmer is an organizer with the Florida-based youth organization, the Dream Defenders. She has nearly 10 years experience in social justice organizing, leadership development, research and writing. Rachel previously served as the Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), where she developed national advocacy and research campaigns to elevate the voices and experiences of women and girls of color organized under the hashtags #BlackGirlsMatter, #SayHerName, #HerDreamDeferred and #WhyWeCant. She is the co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women, which catalyzed movement nationally to make visible the experiences of Black women killed by the police.

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She is a Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Prior to joining GMU’s faculty, she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. Most recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine. The centerpiece of the project is a short multimedia documentary, Gaza In Context, that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, Black Palestinian Solidarity. Noura is currently working on a book project titled, Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine.

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace (, a leading national organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just peace for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 supporters around the country and over 70 chapters. Vilkomerson was named one of the 50 most influential Jews 2017 by the Jerusalem Post.


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