Bill of Rights Defense Committee Staff
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 within the United States by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He is a constitutional lawyer, grassroots organizer, independent columnist, musician, and poet.
Before joining BORDC in 2009, Shahid directed a national program to combat racial and religious profiling, after serving for three years as associate director of the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. He previously pursued public interest litigation (advancing marriage equality for same sex couples and campaign finance reform) in private practice at Heller Ehrman LLP, after receiving his J.D. 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. He graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in political science and creative writing in 2000, ten years after beginning college at the University of Chicago and after a six-year career in financial services to pay for school.
Shahid’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. He frequently addresses public audiences, such as elected bodies, colleges, and law schools, including Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and Georgetown.
In addition to his work leading BORDC, Shahid also 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.
Shahid also supports populist constitutionalism as a independent columnist (writing for outlets including Huffington Post and Truthout, as well as the People’s Blog for the Constitution) 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, many of his articles, and an expanded bio are available at his website.
George Friday, national field organizer, grew up in rural NC in the 1960s. She holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 1982. George works with grassroots community and national organizations providing leadership development and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing, and community building. Her work particularly focuses on communication, oppression, change, and the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics, fostering broad, deep economic and social justice change. She brings more than three decades of experience to her position as national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Matthew Kellegrew, 2013-2014 legal fellow, is a recent graduate of the Golden Gate University School of Law, where he served as the Student Chair of the GGU National Lawyer's Guild chapter and as the Bay Area Law School Vice President of the NLG. During law school he interned at Justice Now where he conducted policy work to end the practice of forced sterilizations in CA Women's Prisons, for both civil and criminal attorneys on cases related to police abuse during Occupy Oakland and for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. Prior to graduating, he was inducted into the Pro Bono Honor Society, won multiple Witkin Awards and completed his degree with a specialization in Public Interest Law. Before law school he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he majored in Economics and Social Systems. While in WA he coordinated the Bread and Roses Advocacy Center and actively organized around poverty,
homelessness and housing issues as well as against the use of public
ports to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in
Oakland CA where he remains active both politically and in his community.
Adwoa Masozi, communications specialist, is an organizer and
media activist in the Washington, DC area supporting efforts that
reduce the collateral impact of incarceration on individuals and their families, protect public education and create pathways out of poverty. Prior to joining BORDC, Adwoa served as the webmaster of MacArthur Foundation's juvenile justice initiative and was a member of the media arm for an organizing collective bringing public attention to the Red Onion State Prison hunger strike of 2012. She has successfully placed stories in the Washington Post, Richmond Times, and Shreveport Times. Her writing has been featured on Common Dreams and listed as one of the top 25 censored stories of 2012 with Project Censored. A child of Newark, NJ, and parents active in the Black Power and Arts movements, Adwoa began organizing at the age of 9 by starting a food program to feed homeless families in Newark and East Orange, NJ and writing for the East Orange Record.
Barbara Haugen, administrator, manages financial records as well as BORDC’s donor and subscriber databases. She also provides general office and administrative support. Before joining BORDC, Barbara worked as a VISTA lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, NM; as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, MA; and as assistant to the director of MassAudubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA.
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