2018 Endorsements

In 2018, our campaign was endorsed by a litany of local organizations and social movement leaders both in San Francisco and across the country.



John Avalos

John Avalos

Former SF Supervisor, 2011 mayoral candidate

“I served in City Hall for a decade to defend my constituents from gentrification, ensure access to jobs, and balance our city’s budget. I’m proud to support a fellow activist in his race to challenge the Democratic Party establishment and speak truth to power. Our nation is sliding in a dangerous direction, and we need people like Shahid in Congress who will place constitutional principles before their careers.”

Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez

SF Public Defenders Office*, former President of the SF Board of Supervisors, 2003 mayoral candidate

I am endorsing [the] Green Party candidate…in the 2018 12th Congressional District race. However, I can say unequivocally that among the Democratic party candidates, Shahid Buttar is my favorite. If he makes the runoff against Pelosi I fully intend to support him.

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour

Co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York*

“Shahid is the leader we need right now. He has been fighting for our rights for years – boldly and unapologetically.”

Veena Dubal

Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings

“The erosion of worker rights has unfortunately bipartisan roots, and we need Members of Congress who will stand up for the 99%. I’ve seen Shahid challenge government and corporate power since I was in college, long before I taught law at Hastings. There’s no one else better prepared to take on Pelosi and represent San Francisco in Congress.”

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin

Founder of Code Pink*, Global Exchange*

”I met Shahid on a radio interview during the RNC protests in New York in 2004. His vision of applying antitrust norms to ensure competition and fairness in politics struck me at the time, long before I had a chance to witness his acumen as an organizer and eloquence as an advocate. We need a visionary, committed progressive like him in Congress—especially given the need to aggressively check & balance this criminal administration.”

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation*

“Shahid’s unflinching commitment to the Bill of Rights as an engine of freedom and fairness for all has inspired me since we first worked together in 2010. We need leaders like him who will refuse to compromise away our basic right to freedom of speech, privacy, creativity and the simple dignity of having a private conversation whether online or offline.” 

Gayle McLaughlin

Gayle McLaughlin

Two-term mayor of Richmond, CA and candidate for CA Lieutenant Governor

San Francisco is having the most exciting congressional primary since the 2000s. Several candidates would fight to end war and restore privacy, and I’m happy to support among them a candidate with years of experience fighting for our rights in Washington: Shahid.

Arthur Brennan

​Art Brennan

Former state judge, U.S. Department of State whistleblower

“Having served as a state judge, as the State Department’s deputy director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, and as the Office of Accountability and Transparency’s director, I know first-hand how badly we need Members of Congress to aggressively investigate fraud, waste, and abuse in military contracting. We need Shahid’s intellect, heart, and courage in Congress.”

Brent Rushforth

Brent Rushforth

Former Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Defense under the Carter Administration, founder of the Center for Law in the Public Interest, retired lawyer in private practice representing government and corporate whistleblowers

“I’ve fought corruption in military contracting for longer than I care to remember, and unfortunately, fraud and waste happen under the leadership of both parties. That’s one reason why we need principled advocates in Congress who are willing to risk their careers to do the right thing and raise tough questions. I’ve seen Shahid fight for visionary positions on the vanguard of contested social issues for 15 years, ever since he brought the New Paltz marriage equality cases to the law firm where I hired him straight of law school.”

Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon

Co-Founder and National Coordinator, RootsAction.org, Author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

“Nancy Pelosi has moved far away from progressive principles, relying on big corporate money and the military-industrial complex to set the limits and define supposed realism for her role in Congress. Shahid Buttar has shown that he’s committed to progressive ideals, with the ability to help build coalitions and keep fighting for social justice — exactly the qualities that we need from a member of Congress.”


Brian Hofer

Chair of the City of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission*

“Judging by her voting record on civil liberties issues, it’s unclear to me whether Rep. Pelosi has read the Constitution. San Francisco deserves better. I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with Shahid on multiple ground-breaking legislative projects around the Bay Area. His staunch defense of our civil liberties and ability to effect change will be most welcome in Washington.”

Preston Pincus

Preston Picus

Teacher, historian, 2016 general election challenger to Pelosi

“Pelosi has come to embody all that is most hated about the political elite and it is past time for San Francisco to find real representation. Under the leadership of Pelosi and Schumer, Donald Trump became president. Do you want to risk this again in 2020? It’s time for change. It’s time for Shahid for Congress.”

Jason West

Jason West

LGBT icon, twice former mayor of New Paltz, New York

“When I acted to defend the rights of my constituents, I put myself at legal risk. At a time when few lawyers—and fewer politicians—were willing to embrace marriage equality for same-sex couples, Shahid stood by me, as well as my constituents who just wanted to marry the partner of their choice.”


Devin Theriot-Orr

General Counsel of Riseup.net*

“I’m proud to support Shahid in his effort to bring a knowledgeable and progressive voice to Congress. He is driven, articulate and understands the issues facing our country. In particular, he’s got the right ideas on fighting corruption and saving the social safety net.”

John Pincus

Jon Pincus

Get FISA Right, Save the Rave

“Shahid’s passion and experience bringing together broad coalitions to fight increasingly oppressive government surveillance and other attacks on our civil liberties is exactly what we need in Congress.  Working with him on activism campaigns over the last decade, I’ve seen how he consistently listens and reaches out to the people whose voices are often ignored.”

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Author, founder of Boing Boing

“I’ve known Shahid Buttar for years, in his capacity as an activist organizer, drawing on his background as a constitutional lawyer and his deep commitment to a just world to help start effective grassroots groups across America; now Shahid has taken leave from EFF to challenge Nancy Pelosi — a consistent force for more surveillance and profits over people — for the Democratic nomination to Congress in [California’s] 12th District. I’m proud to endorse his candidacy.


Art Persyko

Retired union member and a steering committee member of the Progressive Democrats of America-SF

“Nancy Pelosi splits her attention between maintaining her role as Democratic Leader in the House and her constituents. We need a strong, smart and truly progressive challenger who—when he wins—will focus all of his energies on representing us in Congress! Shahid Buttar is that candidate. His extensive experience in fighting for our civil liberties makes him uniquely qualified to advocate for us in Washington during the Trump era and beyond.”

Gladys Limon

Gladys Limon

Executive Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance*

“Shahid will represent the values and priorities of the 12th District and all Californians with the utmost integrity & brilliance. It’s time for fresh, true progressive leadership!”

Syd Gis

Syd Gris

Founder of Opel Productions, Co-Creator of Opulent Temple

“2018 is a crucial year for the Democratic Party, and San Francisco has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to elect a true progressive who has long fought for a more just and egalitarian society. Our country needs new leadership — visionaries like Shahid Buttar, whose commitment to social and economic justice, civil liberty, and rule of law are needed now more than ever in Washington, DC.”

Sacha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Director of X-Lab*

“As a child psychologist treating people confronting a variety of risks, I know we desperately need to replace for-profit corporate healthcare with a single-payer system. And as an artist in underground communities inspired by Burning Man, I want to see others who find joy in counter-culture support political change to help make life more humane for everyone, including our most vulnerable neighbors. I’ve known Shahid for years, and have thrown him the mic both on the playa and here in the city because his poetry and performances are inspired by timeless principles that I—and other burners—share.  We need a new generation of leaders and I believe in Shahid to be one of them.”

Trevor Tim

Trevor Timm

Freedom of the Press Foundation*

“Our constitutional crisis includes a sustained—and ongoing—bipartisan crackdown on whistleblowers, journalists, and the public’s right to know the truth. We need Members of Congress who understand their constitutional responsibility to check and balance executive power, and Shahid has demonstrated a commitment to resistance that uniquely qualifies him to represent San Francisco in Washington.”

* Affiliations listed for identification purposes only and do not represent endorsements by these organizations