In this episode, we talk with progressive congressional candidate Shahid Buttar about his challenging of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 2020 election. We discuss the history of Pelosi’s rise, the San Francisco “progressive prevention” coalition of San Francisco and the recent attacks on the “Squad” by centrist Democrats. We then talk about Shahid’s other work as a constitutional lawyer around digital liberties and dangers we’re all facing from the surveillance state.
In 2018 and 2020, Shahid as a progressive congressional candidate challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her San Francisco district. He has been the most serious challenger Pelosi has faced in her district and was on the general election ballot as a Democrat in 2020. In last month’s election, he garnered over 81,000 votes. The most any challenger has ever won against Pelosi.
Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, Shahid has worked in both San Francisco and Washington DC as a legal advocate, a non-profit leader, a grassroots organizer, and a poet & musician. When not running for Congress, Shahid is also the former grassroots advocacy director at the Electronic Freedom Foundation, or EFF.