Faiz Shakir is the National Political Director at the American Civil Liberties Union. He previously worked for Harry Reid, the Center for American Progress, which was founded by John Podesta. He has worked for Nancy Pelosi and is a founding member and served as editor-in-chief of Think Progress.org.
This is Faiz Shakir's biography as posted at the ACLU website:
- "Faiz Shakir joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in January 2017. As National Political Director, he oversees the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department, which houses the organization’s Washington Legislative Office and State Advocacy and Policy departments. In his role, Shakir develops and implements strategies to advance the organization’s priorities at the federal and state levels.
- "Prior to joining the ACLU, Shakir worked as one of the most senior advisers to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. He directed policy and communications work for Senator Reid while also coordinating with Democratic members and staffs, key interest groups, and press to organize issue campaigns. Prior to that, Shakir served as Senior Adviser and Director of Digital Media for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, helping wage key fights on behalf of the LGBT and Muslim American communities.
- "Shakir, a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, also spent seven years at the Center for American Progress, helping the organization establish its identity as the leading progressive think tank in the nation. At CAP, Faiz served as a Vice President for Communications and was a founding member and editor-in-chief of Think Progress.org, one of the top political news websites in the United States. He also advised CAP’s senior leadership on policy matters ranging from economic and domestic policy to national security and civil rights. He led a major campaign to take on Islamophobia which featured the production of a report titled 'Fear, Inc.'"
Criticized 2018 State of the Union Address for using word "America"
In an ACLU press release published in the wake of the 2018 State of the Union Address, Faiz Shakir criticized President Trump's over-use of the word "America," saying it was "exclusionary." Faiz Shakir wrote:
- "Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech. Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is, with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities. The ACLU stands ready to protect these communities, both in the courts and at the polls.
- "In particular, the immigration plan put forth by Trump would hold Dreamers hostage to his demands for a harmful border wall and an even larger mass deportation force. We are at this crossroads because of the president’s deeply destructive ideas fomented by his nativist allies and divisive rhetoric. We will continue to stand up for these young immigrants and ensure they continue to contribute to our country. We cannot let America’s Dreamers be deported.'"
In March 2017, it was reported that the ACLU was attempting to lead a "grassroots" movement against President Trump by creating an "organizing platform" called PeoplePower.org. Faiz Shakir was quoted as advocating for "freedom cities" that would resist President Trump.
- "Another plan is creation of "freedom cities" around the country that would encourage local officials to pass laws resisting Trump policies such as stepped-up deportations of people living in the country illegally, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU national political director.
Padma Lakshmi also spoke at the event.
In August 2011, Faiz Shakir wrote a 138 page report for the Center for American Progress titled Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America with Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, and Scott Keyes. Chapter titles include "Donors to the Islamophobia network," "The Islamophobia misinformation experts," "The grassroots organizations and the religious right," "The right-wing media enablers of anti-Islam propaganda," and "The political players."
Center for American Progress
- https://www.aclu.org/bio/faiz-shakir Faiz Shakir, Accessed January 31 2018
- https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-trumps-america-exclusionary ACLU: TRUMP’S AMERICA IS EXCLUSIONARY, Accessed January 31 2018
- http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireStory/aclu-launches-nationwide-training-protest-resistance-46067312, Accessed January 31 2018
- https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2011/08/pdf/islamophobia.pdf Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, Accessed January 31 2018