Shahid Buttar - executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee - PATRIOT Act - Memorial Day
UnPATRIOTic: Why Our Government
Won't Protect Our Rights - and What We Can Do About It
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the
Fire: Why the FBI Needs New Leadership
, executive director, leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution
in our efforts to defend civil liberties, constitutional rights, and
rule of law principles threatened by the war on terror. Previously
director of a national program to combat racial and religious profiling
by federal authorities, an associate director of the American
Constitution Society, and a litigator in private practice with a public
interest docket, Buttar received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in
2003, where he served as executive editor of the Stanford
Environmental Law Journal and as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s teaching
assistant for Constitutional Law.
Buttar’s comments have been featured by news outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, al-Jazeera, FOX News, Agence-France Presse, Huffington Post, Truthout, Democracy Now!, and many others, including dozens of radio stations around the country.
In addition to his work leading BORDC, Shahid serves on the advisory bodies of the Rights Working Group, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, and South Asian Americans Leading Together. He also supports populist constitutionalism as a civil rights lawyer, independent columnist, community organizer, and hip-hop and electronica MC.
In his creative capacities as a poet and musician, Shahid has
performed around the world, co-founded several grassroots art and
culture groups around the country, facilitated workshops for young
people and emerging artists, and released his debut CD, Get Outta Your Chair, in 2008. Shahid’s music and articles, including his commentary for Huffington Post and Truthout, are available at his website.