2020 Endorsements

Our campaign has received endorsements from many local organizations and social movement leaders in San Francisco and across the country.

Grassroots organizations


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.”

Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University

“I’m standing with my dear brother Shahid. As a truth teller he is absolutely trying to make sure that the corporate wing of the Democratic Party can be transformed in the name of everyday people.”

Shaun King

Founder @TheNorthStar* & @RealJusticePAC* & @TheActionPac*; Host @TheBreakdown Podcast*; Columnist @TheIntercept*; Mornings @TJMShow*; http://ShaunKing.org

”I am proud of the thousands of us who called for a new Speaker of the House other than Speaker Pelosi. And this [statement] of hers is but one of many reasons why I’m endorsing and campaigning for the brilliant leader Shahid Buttar in a primary against her.”

Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School

“Shahid Buttar is everything that Congress needs – brilliant, principled, young and incredibly committed, empathetic, insightful and especially articulate.”

Matt Gonzalez

Former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“With her recent attacks against newly elected progressive Democrats (all women of color) and her support of funding for Trump’s expanded ICE raids, Nancy Pelosi continues to show how out of touch she is with San Francisco.

Congressman Shahid Buttar would immediately join forces with new Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who want to stop the ‘appeasement of Trump’ culture in Washington and forge a new egalitarian and humanistic direction for our country.”

SF State University* professor, former San Francisco Supervisor from 2008 through 2017

“San Francisco needs new bold and courageous leaders in Congress who will unapologetically stand up for immigrants, women, working families, and my teen daughter’s generation who will bear the brunt of climate change. I support Shahid and his campaign’s on-the-ground organizing in our communities and his clarity in challenging the corporate elites that threaten our civil liberties, labor rights and economic opportunities, and peace and justice in the world.“

UC Hastings* labor law professor

“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 better prepared to take on Pelosi and represent San Francisco in Congress.”

Gladys Limon

Executive director of the CA Environmental Justice Alliance*

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

Medea Benjamin

Co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace*, and Global Exchange*

“We need a visionary committed progressive like Shahid in Congress—especially given the need to aggressively check and balance this criminal administration.”

Corey Doctorow

Science fiction visionary and public advocate

“I endorsed Shahid Buttar’s primary challenge to Nancy Pelosi in 2018, and I’m proud to do so again for the 2020 primary, especially as Pelosi has allowed herself to be played by Trump on American concentration camps and mass ethnic-cleansing raids.

Pelosi’s deep connections to the American ruling class has means her fundraising is unparalleled, but she lacks the broad support that real progressives like AOC have found in their districts. She may have won 17 races, but she’s also happy to sabotage health care reform and the Green New Deal, and, not coincidentally, these acts of sabotage translate into billions for her backers.

By contrast, Buttar — a human rights cyberlawyer turned EFF community organizer — has a slate of AOC-aligned, progressive policies that will change the lives of everyday Americans for the better, and might just help maintain the habitability of the only known planet in the universe capable of sustaining human life.”

Jason West

“At a time when few lawyers—and fewer politicians—were willing to embrace #MarriageEquality for same-sex couples, Shahid stood by me, as well as my constituents who wanted to marry the partner of their choice.”

See Shahid Buttar’s 2018 endorsements

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