Nisi Jacobs is the founder and CEO of WoMen Fight AntiSemitism, which describes itself as welcoming “all genders and races into our united front to fight for the ERA and against Antisemitism.”. WoMen Fight AntiSemitism (WMFA) is pursuing New York State adopting an official definition and framework of Antisemitism, South Carolina adopting an official definition and framework of Antisemitism, raising awareness for the United States to ratify the ERA and CEDAW, adopt federally standardized stalking laws, outlaw gender conversion therapy and adopt GENDA at the federal level.
WoMen Fight AntiSemitism is a partner of Women’s March Alliance, AMWEC (American Muslim Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council), VARatifyERA and an affiliate of the March On network. Nisi testified to the New York Board of Elections and the NYC Campaign Finance Board after the 2016 primary debacle where over 100,000 voters were purged, contributing to the passage of new election laws in NYS in January 2019.
Nisi attended Stuyvesant High School in 1987 thanks to Alice De Rivera who successfully sued against the school's all-boy policy in 1969. At Stuyvesant, Nisi studied with Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir 'Angela's Ashes' and was awarded the Stuyvesant Award for Creative Writing by McCourt (who prevented the English chair from expelling her for reading her original unedited poem instead of a watered-down version at the school’s graduation poetry reading). After earning a BFA in Painting from the Cooper Union, Nisi instructed video editing and sound design at the NYU Graduate Center of Digital Applications, the New School, NYU Continuing Ed department, to Francesca Scorsese (daughter of Martin Scorsese), as well as numerous Apple Authorized Training Centers throughout New York.
Nisi has been a 3D editor since 2001 on productions that have screened at MoMA, Lincoln Center, The Whitney, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Moving Image, Pompadou, Berlin Festival, among other venues.
WoMen Fight AntiSemitism visited the Virginia Senate in Richmond, VA to greet legislators on their first day returning to the 2019 General Assembly to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. The Senate was so full, WMFA had to watch from overflow rooms and then attended a fabulous party meeting the lawmakers and activists working so hard to make Virginia the 38th and final state required to ratify the ERA in the U.S. Constitution. WMFA met with Senator Pat Spearman, responsible for making Nevada the 36th State to pass the ERA, Delegate Jennifer Carrol Foy, sponsoring the ERA bill in the Virginia House, Kati Hornung, the campaign coordinator of WMFA partner, VARatifyERA, and Eileen Davis of Women Matter, a major architect of the current resurgence of the ERA movement in the United States. WMFA marched in partner Women’s March Alliance’s Women’s March on NYC carrying banners generously loaned by Eileen Davis with beautiful logos for our sponsors, VARatifyERA and AMWEC.
Danita Parms is a graduate of Friends University with a bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resources Management. She comes from hard working parents who believed heavily in humanity. Ms. Parms grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and now resides with her husband in Kansas, known to her grandchildren as Grandma D and to the numerous children they foster as Momma D. Along with her stand-up comedy, Ms. Parms works as a substitute teacher because she feels kids always deserve a positive role model. She teaches TIPS-MAPP training to couples and other adults who want to adopt or foster children in need of care.
Asmi Fathelbab is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She has done community work as well as worked on political campaigns and has a double majored BA in Comparative Religions and Creative Writing, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Originally from Brookline, MA, Deborah Friedman is a marketing specialist and activist living in Durham, NC. As she watched Durham fall victim to the BDS Movement, a passion for fighting Antisemitism was awakened. As a contributor for Jewish issues, she’s written about the BDS Movement in various publications.
Deborah was at the forefront of the size acceptance movement as a feature writer for the first national “plus” size magazine, BBW. Size activism and Zionism inform her bold brand of feminism. She brings her sensibility to the WMFA.
Yasmine Mohammed is an Arab-Canadian college instructor, activist, podcaster, and writer who has written a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism: The Girl Who Would Not Submit. Yasmine shares her story of growing up in an Islamic fundamentalist home and then being forced into marriage. She now works to offer hope to ex-Muslims, atheists and freethinkers.
R David Robinson
R David Robinson is an actor, playwright, and variety performer. As a playwright, he explores average people struggling under harsh political and corporate systems. His play INK was a finalist at the Samuel French Festival, among others. He was Artistic Director of the Open Gate Human Rights Theatre, created and was part of the producing team of Broadway for a New America 2004, a fundraiser for Democratic state races, hosted by Robert Klein, and starring Al Franken, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Cerveris, Kathleen Chalfant and original stars of New Vaudeville Movement including The Original Pickle Family Clowns Reunion Performance (First performance together in over 15 years) featuring Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle, and Larry Pisoni. R David was comic foil to magician David Copperfield winning praise from Gene Kelly.
Anila Ali’s work with the Inter-faith community has made her a leading voice for Muslims in America. She speaks regularly on Women Rights and Islam, Counter Terrorism, Radical Islam, and shares her extensive knowledge with audiences large and small. Her next book “Being a Muslim Woman in Trump’s America” is expected to be published in Summer 2017. In the book, she recounts her journey to America and discusses the political and social experiences that motivated her to leadership of Muslims in America. The book also takes aims at misconceptions and stereotypes about Muslim women in America and abroad. Moreover, it sheds light on the oppression of women in Muslim countries and the denial of their God-given equal rights in Islam.
Anila Ali is an advocate for communities building trusting relationships with law enforcement. As a Muslim leader, she knows that the community is the first line of defense against radicalization. She builds on countering hate with positive narratives and works with non-profits, community organizations, and Inter faith organizations, to build coalitions of support. Ali regularly conducts talks at temples, churches and other political and non-profit, organizations that invite her to speak.
Anila Ali is the founder of AMWEC (American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council) which works to bring women into the community conversation, encouraging volunteerism, public service and leadership amongst Muslim women. She is also the founder of the Irvine Pakistani Parents Association to raise money for public schools within the city of Irvine. As Chair of the International Leadership Foundation, (ILF, a non-partisan, non-profit, based in D.C.) www.ileader.orgshe provides Asian American youth annual internships to 19 federal government agencies and The White House. ILF promotes civic awareness and engagement of Asian Americans in all fields of government and the economy. Anila Ali also founded CalPak Educational Services to create an online college degree program between Coastline Community College and Cal State Fullerton, California. This program makes American education available in Pakistan at a fraction of the cost and provides young people, especially girls, an opportunity to pursue higher education where social values and cost may be prohibitive. http://anilaali.com
Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray
I am a fourth generation Cantor and Founder of the Women Cantors’ Network, a passionate Zionist, feminist, artist-singer-guitarist-cellist. I enjoy Swedish weaving and keeping lessons and songs of my mentor, Elie Wiesel z’l, in our collective memories. Proudly serving as a cantor since 1976, 18 years in my pulpit in Ridgefield. www.cantordebbie.com