Shahid Buttar

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Shahid Buttar


Shahid Buttar is Director of Grassroots Advocacy at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Lives in San Francisco, California.

Career

Worked at Heller Ehrman.

Standing for Congress

DSA convention

Delegates at the 2019 Democratic Socialists of America convention in Chicago included electoral candidates Shahid Buttar, Daniel Lockwood, and Rebecca Parson.[1]

Linda Sarsour endorsement

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Linda Sarsour endorsed Shahid Buttar .

Organizing progressive Democrats for the 2020 elections

Organizing progressive Democrats for the 2020 elections, including Oregon for Bernie and delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Join progressive Democrats from across Oregon for the 2020 Election Kickoff Event.

Meet the candidates who will help change Congress - Shahid Buttar and Jose Caballero from California, Peter Khalil from Washington, and Doyle Canning, Albert Lee and Mark Gamba from Oregon!

GM Garcia will address Democratic Party outreach to underrepresented Oregonians and Valdez Bravo will speak to getting involved in the Democratic Party.

Attendees will learn about the complex process for being elected to represent Oregon at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Learn how to get involved with the campaigns of progressive Democrats including Bernie Sanders.[2]

Cornel West endorsement

Shahid for Change July 9 2019·

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Dr. Cornel West’s endorsement is both humbling and emboldening. It reflects the growing consensus among movement leaders from Linda Sarsour to Shaun King that, in 2020, San Francisco should choose Shahid Buttar to serve as our city’s elected representative in Congress.

Volunteers

Shahid for Change· July 16 2019·

  1. ShahidForChange volunteers were out crowd canvassing in the Mission tonight outside an event featuring presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Do you want to get out to meet some wonderful, like-minded folks while participating in democracy? Our campaign has local outreach opportunities at least 5 days of every week! No ongoing commitment required -- just sign up for what interests you when you're available. It's a great way to get your toes wet in the pool of democracy.
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https://shahidforchange.us/volunteer-opportunities/ — with Izaak Meckler, LouEaze L'Amour Belle, Jeff May and Sierra Madre.

Shahid for Change July 16 2019·

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With Sierra Madre, Genevieve Southwick, Claire Lau, Izaak Meckler, Brad Cohn and Jordan Miller.

Shahid for Change July 14 2019·

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With Juan Carlos Diaz, Taylor Paloma, Jeremy Rosenberg, Genevieve Southwick , Andrew Sheariss, Sierra Madre, Ruby Homan, Zach Kearsley and Tim Kennen.

Shahid for Change July 13 ·

We're grateful to the many volunteers who represented our #ShahidVsPelosi campaign at #LightsForLiberty in San Francisco last night while Shahid visited San Diego to learn about border atrocities from the human rights advocates challenging them.

Join us for one of our next actions!

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https://shahidforchange.us/volunteer-opportunities/ — with Sierra Madre, Genevieve Southwick, Ramin Barghi, Sean T. King and Arienne Adamcikova.

Shahid for Change July 11 2019·

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With Nick Novitski, Hae Min Cho, Sierra Madre and Emily Jones.

Shahid for Change April 28 2019·

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With Paul De Jong, Winnie Porter, Claire Lau, Jason J. Woody, Morgan Walsh, Michael E. Marinucci, Steven Mazliach, Ben Becker, Shahid Buttar and Sierra Madre.

DSA member

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Yana Ludwig August 2 2019.

Excited to have met Shahid Buttar today at the DSA national convention! He's pretty fabulous. So much respect for this fellow DSA member taking on Nancy Pelosi in her primary.

Anti-Iraq War demo

Hundreds of chanting students marched noisily but peacefully across campus on March 5 2003, then gathered on the east side of the Main Quad for a day-long strike of thousands of students who demonstrated nationally against a possible war on Iraq and the effects a military campaign would have on federal spending for education and social services.

The National Youth and Student Peace Coalition, which organized the "Books Not Bombs" strike, estimated that 30,000 to 50,000 students at 400 to 500 colleges walked out on classes Wednesday. At Stanford, Public Events Director Elaine Enos judged the crowd to be less than 500 at its peak.

Ahmad Dallal, associate professor of history, spoke to a group of students at the teach-in on the Main Quad during the national student strike on Wednesday, March 5.

"We're taking back our campus in various forms throughout the day," student Angad Bhalla announced to cheers. "As students who are here to learn and to get an education, this is the most powerful statement we can make," said student Clara Webb, an organizer. More than two dozen student groups sponsored and helped organize Wednesday's strike and teach-ins.

E-mail messages were sent to all faculty before the strike to ask for their support and explain the reason students were skipping class, said Stanford Asian American Activism Coalition co-chair Hai Binh Nguyen. As of Tuesday night, 26 professors had canceled class on Wednesday and 64 professors had pledged their support, said student Eric Shih.

"This is history repeating itself," said poet and playwright Cherrie Moraga, an artist-in-residence at the Drama Department, who read a statement early on the day of the strike. "The U.S. is determined to become a global empire and it's happening on a scale that makes Vietnam look pitiful."

Along with green armbands, students passed out printed instructions on the South African tradition of toyi-toyi, a protest dance used in the struggle against apartheid. Protesters had reclaimed the right to occupy public space and to participate in civil society by keeping their bodies in motion and participating in a call-and-response chant, the instructions explained. Students on Wednesday led others in the movement with a "books not bombs" chant.

Shahid Buttar, a third-year law student, didn't use a microphone when he performed a spoken word piece in the late afternoon because it would reduce his intimacy with the crowd, not because of the restrictions placed on amplified sound, he said.

Approximately 20 professors were scheduled to lead teach-ins on the Main Quad Wednesday on topics ranging from the regional repercussions of war in the Mideast, presented by Ahmad Dallal, associate professor of history, to a discussion of what has historically constituted a just war, led by Rega Wood, professor of philosophy.

In a presentation called "Views from Iraq," Carol Delaney, associate professor of cultural and social anthropology, and Kathleen Namphy, a retired lecturer in English, talked about their experiences visiting the Middle Eastern country. They said the Iraqis are a proud, sophisticated people in despair about their future. "Our government has never wanted to talk to people it doesn't like," Delaney said. "We need to include people in negotiations instead of treating them as barbarians. We've got to learn to include everybody at the table and spread the wealth."

So many students -- about 150 -- gathered for a presentation on the evolution of aggression and warfare given by Robert Sapolsky, professor of biological sciences, that organizers brought the soft-spoken professor two successively larger megaphones so he could be heard.

"The faculty support of the strike is key," said Hilary Spencer, a symbolic systems major from New York, who had attended two classes on Wednesday and planned to go to another. Spencer initially had been concerned that a strike would undermine support for education, "but this has worked out well," she said. She'd learned from the teach-ins, she said. "I'm a technical major, so my courses don't cover these topics."

"I think it's amazing," said Katherine KelmanLink title, a sophomore who attended one class and two teach-ins on Wednesday. "Any expression of public awareness is important, even if it doesn't have a direct effect. And this is not just walking around in a circle," she said, looking around the Quad.

The strike "is astonishingly well organized," said Robert Siegel, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology who came to the Quad when a Swahili class he is auditing was canceled. Siegel got a surprise -- he spotted his son, a student at Jordan Middle School, who had come to the strike with a group of about 20 other students.

"This isn't sanctioned by dad -- or the school," Siegel said.[3]

NSA leaks rally

Circa June 13, 2013 CODEPINK, the Bradley Manning Support Network, Defending Dissent Foundation, the Washington Peace Center, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Maryland, Demand Progress, Institute for Policy Studies, and local ACLU offices hold a news conference and rally to protest "the National Security Agency's abuses of law-abiding Americans."

Participants include Sue Udry of the Defending Dissent Foundation and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition; Dany Sigwalt of the Washington Peace Center; Ginger McCall of the Electronic Privacy Information Center; Seema Sadanandan of the ACLU-National Capital Region; Naji Mujahid of the NAACP-Washington, D.C. Branch; Zainab Chaudry of CAIR-MD; Shahid Buttar and George Friday of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; state Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Texas); Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies; Joan Stallard of CODEPINK; Chris Townsend of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America; David Moon of Demand Progress; and Hendrick Voss of SOA Watch.

Location: Near Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC.[4]

Call for Justice

Call for Justice: Joint Letter on American Muslim Solidarity Against Police Brutality, January 26, 2015;

We are contacting you on behalf of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)(1) and Muslims for Ferguson(2) to ask for your solidarity in the struggle and call for justice concerning the tragic and unnecessary police and federal law enforcement killings of Black men, women, and children in the United States.

From the time of our Noble Prophet ﷺ‎, anti-Black and anti-African racism has plagued Muslim societies and communities. The first martyr in the early days of Islam was Sumayyah (RA), who had black skin and was a victim of violence at the hands of the governing authorities of Makkah. Other companions with black skin, such as Ammar bin Yassir (RA) and Bilal (RA), were also victims of ridicule and torture by the same authorities. State violence against marginalized communities is not a new development. History has proven time and again that Muslims are not immune to these forms of oppression.

Indeed, these oppressive behaviors and practices go against the messages that are at the heart of our Holy Qur’an and Prophetic traditions.

Signatories included Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee – Washington D.C..

Center for Story-based Strategy extended board

Center for Story-based Strategy extended board as of 2015;[5]

Arrest

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Muslims for Ferguson February 26, 2015 ·

Muslims standing up for justice, taking arrest if necessary. Much respect to Shahid Buttar who was just ARRESTED at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing for confronting James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, for lying to Congress and the American people about mass NSA surveillance. "Why is your agency above the law, sir? Why can you lie to the Senate about mass surveillance, presuming the entire globe to be subject to pervasive collection, twisting the meaning of the terms and violations of the statues in the US constitution, constraining your agency? Why are you above the law for purgery and why is the NSA above the law for mass surveillance, even violating the contours that the authors of the Patriot Act intended to authorize in 2001? Why are you above the law, and Senators, why won't you do your job? You're charged with oversight of these officials."

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those expressing interest in attending, on Facebook included Shahid Buttar.[6]

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