Shahid Buttar

Shahid Buttar is a civil rights lawyer, grassroots community organizer, and democratic socialist  running for U.S. Congress in CA-12 to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2020. Follow him on Twitter: @ShahidForChange

 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
'If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It'–Until You Can't
In the first 10 Democatic debates, moderators asked candidates 21 questions about how they planned to pay for social programs like Medicare for All. Yet when it came time to bail out corporations with trillions of dollars as part of coronavirus "relief" bills, suddenly the question of "How will you...
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Workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections in the workplace of the Amazon delivery hub on National May Day Walkout/Sickout by workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Innstacart and Shipt amid the Covid-19 pandemic on May 1, 2020, in Hawthorne, California. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
A Whistleblowing Visionary Offers a Ticket to Our Future—If We Take It
When senior corporate executives walk off the job because they can’t stomach their companies’ worker rights abuses, we should all pay attention . That’s even more true when those abuses include the suppression of workplace speech addressing public health concerns in the midst of a raging pandemic...
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Friday, February 15, 2019
National Emergencies: Constitutional and Statutory Restrictions on Presidential Powers
When a president threatens to exercise the power to declare a national emergency, our system of checks and balances faces a crucial test. With President Trump threatening such a declaration in order to build his proposed physical border wall, that test could be an important one that could quickly...
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
A Municipal Vote in Providence for Police Reform Carries National Implications
After three years of sustained community mobilization and advocacy, the Providence City Council in Rhode Island voted this Thursday to unanimously approve among the most visionary set of policing reforms proposed around the country to protect civil rights and civil liberties, including digital...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
What Ferguson, Eric Garner, and CIA Torture Have in Common
There’s no better way for Washington to commemorate Human Rights Day than by letting the public finally learn the truth about torture. And there’s no better way for concerned Americans to do so than by raising our voices to challenge the compounding crimes of our lawless agencies. Washington...
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Subsidizing Corporate Crime and Rewarding Constitutional Abuses
Government handouts to corporations might seem untenable at a time when more and more Americans suffer every day from the impacts of a mounting economic crisis . Yet efforts to bolster the economy have largely taken the form of corporate welfare -- much like an appalling effort, in the closing days of the Bush administration, to subsidize corporate violations of the rule of law and individual liberties.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008
Musharraf's Playbook is the Same as the Bush Administration's
This post was informed by Shahid's participation in a National Lawyer's Guild-led delegation to Pakistan last December. The delegation, which consisted of four lawyers and four law students from around the U.S., visited several areas across Pakistan in early January and interviewed over 50 engaged participants in Pakistani government and civil society throughout the country, including jurists, elected officials, lawyers, journalists, civil servants, political party representatives, candidates for public office, international diplomats, students and activists.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Fire Gonzales or the Whole Junta?
A steady stream of disappointing news from the Justice Department has left the nation increasingly critical of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Offering inaccurate congressional testimony while evading questions about U.S. attorneys being fired for political reasons, he has tried in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee - but failed in spectacular fashion - to justify his ongoing service.
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