Less Cops, More Counsellors in our Schools

Did you know that all 26 public high schools in Montgomery County have a police officer permanently assigned to them — but not all of them have a psychologist assigned to them? Our schools are over-policed. And unfortunately the population this most negatively effects are African-Americans and Latinos. Last year, a five-year-old child who ran […]

I Will Always Stand For Human Rights & Free Speech

Recently, someone on Facebook challenged me about my years of advocacy for Palestinian human rights and free speech. Instead of responding with a quick retort, I decided that I would flesh out my thoughts about these important matters in a more detailed, thoughtful letter. I wanted to take this opportunity to share the letter with […]

We Need Safety First in our School

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, everyone wants to get back to normal life. Arguably the greatest markers of normalcy will be adults going back to the office and kids going back to their schools. Recently the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) announced a plan to reopen schools. The first small batch of students, teachers […]

The Racist Right-Wing Attacks Have Already Started

When I started my campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates a few months ago, I knew that eventually right-wing activists would mobilize to defeat my candidacy. After all, I’m an outspoken, progressive, American Muslim — all things they cannot abide. But never in a million years did I expect that these attacks would start […]