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|File:Shahid Buttar speaking at No War in Iran Protest, January 4, 2020.jpg|
Buttar speaking at No War in Iran Protest in 2020
|Born||July 22, 1974|
|Education||Loyola University Chicago (BA)|
Stanford University (JD)
Shahid Buttar (born July 22, 1974) is an American civil rights lawyer, activist, and perennial candidate best known for his primary challenges against Nancy Pelosi to represent California's 12th congressional district.
Early life and education
The son of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Buttar was born in London, England, and grew up in Rosebud, Missouri. He briefly attended the University of Chicago, but was forced to drop out after his family's home was foreclosed.
Buttar began his career for the Heller Ehrman law firm, where he helped defend Jason West, the mayor of New Paltz, New York who, in 2004, was criminally charged for conducting same-sex marriages ceremonies.
Since then, Buttar has worked in various roles for progressive advocacy groups, including the American Constitution Society, Muslim Advocates, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (now Defending Rights & Dissent), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Buttar is known for his “track record in advocacy and community organizing,” according to The Intercept.
His campaigns, on issues such as surveillance and encryption, have targeted the National Security Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 2003, Buttar was arrested in San Francisco for blockading the headquarters of Bechtel. In 2005, he served as the spokesman for the D.C. Resistance Media Collective, which coordinated protests against President George W. Bush’s inauguration. In 2015, he was arrested in Washington, D.C., for disrupting a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
2018 and 2020 House elections
In 2018, running as a democratic socialist, Buttar challenged Nancy Pelosi for the Democratic nomination to represent California's 12th congressional district.
Buttar was accused of sexual harassment by Elizabeth Croydon in July 2020. Buttar denied the claims, stating that the allegations were racially and politically motivated. According to the The Intercept, Croydon's allegations could not be corroborated. Subsequently, several former female staffers came forward and reported mistreatment and an atmosphere of misogyny and sexism while working for Buttar's campaign, which Buttar addressed in his interview on The Young Turks. Some organizations, including The League of Pissed Off Voters in San Francisco and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, revoked their endorsements of his candidacy.
Shahid supports Medicare For All, the Green New Deal, and increasing the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
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