Huma Yasin is an attorney, co-founder of Facing Abuse in Community Environments, and the author of the forthcoming book, Conspiracy: The True Story of the Fort Dix Five. She is a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.
The shutdown has meant that the deeply flawed and problematic surveillance programs that target Muslims have not been able to operate - and this is a good chance for the government to reevaluate their effectiveness.
Pro-Palestinian speech is being increasingly clamped down in the US contrary to the sacred nature of free speech on other issues.
Race permeates every facet of American society, and racism is the original sin of the American nation - deeply interwoven in its DNA culturally and institutionally. Can America change its DNA?
The US continues to fund the Israeli war machine with little regard for human life. Then it wonders why Palestinians, and supporters of Palestine, aren't fond of it.
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