147. Shahid Buttar (Exec. Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee)


Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC) 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.

In addition to his work leading BORDC, Shahid supports populist constitutionalism as a civil rights lawyer, independent columnist, community organizer, and hip-hop and electronica MC. As a musician, he 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.




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