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|| July 22, 1974
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Sep 11, 2020 01:46am
|Info||Shahid Ali Buttar (born July 22, 1974) is an American artist, political activist, and constitutional lawyer. Focusing on the intersection of community organizing, art & culture, and policy reform, Buttar serves as an organizer and media spokesperson in the movements for peace, immigrant rights, black lives, and civil liberties. Buttar declared in himself in February 2018 as a Democratic Party candidate for the United States House of Representatives, as a challenger to Nancy Pelosi in California's 12th congressional district in San Francisco, California. |
Previous to this, Buttar was the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Buttar belongs to the Buttar clan of Punjab. Buttar was born in London, England into a Pakistani family fleeing religious persecution in their home country. Two years later, Buttar immigrated to the U.S. with his parents and three older siblings and became a naturalized citizen. Buttar spent much of his younger life in a small, rural, midwestern town of Rosebud, Missouri. Strongly influenced by his identity as an immigrant and experience as a person of color, the various parts of Buttar’s career and creative work have been guided in common by a commitment to social justice.
Buttar received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago summa cum laude in 2000 and in 2003 received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Stanford Law School, where he served as a Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004.
Struck by the thought that the rule of law and judicial independence were undermined in the Bush v. Gore decision in 2000 and compounded by the constitutional crisis in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Buttar built a strong and early foundation of activism and advocacy.