Catching Up: Reflections on White Supremacy + Protecting Whistleblowers

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I’ve fallen behind! I published two essays in recent months, one on white supremacy and hate violence in Portland, and the other on protecting whistleblowers.

I argue in The Washington Post that “we must acknowledge, condemn & combat white supremacy.” In The Guardian, I contend that “Trump’s war on transparency and the crack down under way in the White House means that whistleblowing, lawful disclosures intended to serve the public interest, are being chilled.”

Muslim Ban 2.0: Chilling Civil Society


Media reports suggest that the Trump administration is considering designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. This could spark a witch-hunt and lead to the targeting of Muslim American civil society through false “six degrees of separation” accusations. This could destroy reputations and chill lawful activity, including freedom of worship, association, expression, and charitable giving. I wrote about what many are calling Muslim Ban 2.0 in The Washington Post.

Quotidian Hate Violence

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I wrote an essay for USA Today on the recent hate violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma & Queens, New York. Bigotry and bias against Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and transgender Americans continues unabated. This piece reflects the latest developments in both cases, including the addition of a hate crime charge in Tulsa. Pictured above are Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. They were murdered in Chapel, North Carolina in February 2015.

New FBI Program Unfairly Targets Muslim Americans

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I wrote an essay for Politico Magazine on a new counterterrorism program, Shared Responsibility Committees, that unfairly targets Muslim Americans. My article is in direct response to last week’s cover story for the magazine, which quoted an unnamed, senior law enforcement official, who reported that the committees are being beta tested in undisclosed pilot cities. I was invited by the FBI to review the program and believe it’s overreaching, ineffective and stigmatizes Muslim Americans.

The Treatment Industrial Complex

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There have always been institutions and individuals who look to profit from the suffering of others. Today is no different. In a new essay for Politico, I warn about the Treatment Industrial Complex, a growing network of facilities and companies who are capitalizing on the movement away from incarceration and towards treatment and rehabilitation. Their success depends not on being effective, but in keeping as many people as possible under supervision for as long as possible. The lengthier, deeper and more expansive the treatment, the greater the profit. I co-authored this essay with Cate Graziani from Grassroots Leadership.