People for Bernie Sanders and Matt Gonzalez both Endorse Shahid for Change’s Campaign Seeking Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, Economic Justice, and Real Resistance to Trump 

SAN FRANCISCO, September 23, 2019 — The campaign to elect Shahid Buttar, a Pakistani-American constitutional lawyer challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her seat representing California’s 12th congressional district in 2020, today announced two important endorsements. The People for Bernie, a national grassroots organization dedicated to progressive principles, endorsed the campaign this morning. Matt Gonzalez,  former president for San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and current Chief Trial Attorney for the city’s Public Defender’s office, also endorsed Buttar’s congressional candidacy for 2020.

“Shahid is the future we want. The depth at which he understands and fights for restorative justice is how we see our movement best represented,” said Kat Brezler, People for Bernie Sander’s co-founder. “Our position on Medicare for All and the Fight for 15 are nearly mainstream analysis now, but it’s the way Shahid sees the world as it should be not merely how it is that makes him a powerful ally and a pleasure to endorse.”

“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,” said Matt Gonzalez.

Buttar is challenging Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to address crucial issues facing the United States, including the increasingly dire climate crisis; our broken and barbaric for-profit healthcare system; mounting wealth & income inequality; and our failed and racist criminal “justice” system. Buttar advocates for clear solutions supported by a super majority of Americans across political parties, which must be addressed by new voices in Congress.

“We are thrilled and humbled to receive these two endorsements,” said Buttar. “They reflect a growing recognition—both in San Francisco and across the country—that our current representative has failed to hold this criminal administration accountable and has enabled its worst abuses, while simultaneously failing to address the most important problems facing the country and this district. I’m eager to do the job of finally addressing these problems head on including Medicare-for-All, a Green New Deal, as well as San Francisco’s unprecedented housing crisis.”

A detailed description and outline of Shahid Buttar’s platform, as well as his background, can be found here.

Shahid wields substantial experience on issues including civil rights, civil liberties, campaign finance reform, tech policy, and foreign policy, in addition to constitutional law, antitrust law, and judicial nominations. He also has an extensive background in grassroots organizing and non-profit management, reflected in his work at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as Director of Grassroots Advocacy, and at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (now Defending Rights and Dissent), which he led for six years as the organization’s Executive Director. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Media Justice, the Fund for Constitutional Government, and Defending Rights and Dissent.

45 years old, Shahid has lived in the Bay Area and Washington, DC since 2000. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he served as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. His writing has appeared in TechCrunch, Truthout, the Huffington Post, EFF’s Deeplinks blog, Project Censored, The Globe Post and various legal academic journals, and he has been quoted as an authority by outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Nation, Al-Jazeera, Wired, Democracy Now!, The Intercept, and The Guardian US.