17-year-old activist Hebh Jamal is why I believe we’ll all be ok. As a young Palestinian-American woman, she’s used her voice to fight injustice most of her life. Earlier this year, she organized a citywide student walkout in NYC to protest Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.
She’s garnered a lot of attention since then. She’s sat on panels with Angela Davis and been covered in Teen Vogue, but she isn’t at all interested in being a “famous activist.” The attention frightens her parents; being this public has made her a target for all kinds of hate, and Jamal herself thinks that the focus on her is actually kind of a distraction from the issues. So when we sat down to talk for this week’s episode on her day off from class, we made sure to talk about the issues that matter to her: diversity in education, what it means to be a feminist and how answering a call to activism absolutely requires some risk — no matter how old you are.