Shahid Buttar Arrested After Confronting National Intelligence Director

May 4, 2015

Shahid ButtarGreen Shadow Cabinet Director of Civil Rights Enforcement and a constitutional lawyer was arrested this March by Capitol police in Washington D.C. at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. Buttar was arrested for asking these questions of Clapper as Clapper was leaving the court room:

Obama's position on Baltimore hypocritical

May 4, 2015

We have to remember that when we introduced the National Guard, you are talking about a military force – a force made up of numbers of individuals who have gone off and fought in some of the US's external wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are back for choking the streets of a civilian city within the US.

So as always, there is real possibility of serious escalation - escalation of violence when you have introduction of military forces and a civilian urban environment. So it is a very troubling situation we have in Baltimore.

Million Moms March, May 9th - Praying with our Feet – Code Black Alert

April 27, 2015

We who believe in freedom cannot rest 
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes… Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons 
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes… Ella Baker, Founder, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Nobody with any claim to conscience can at this point stand aside from the call for major outpourings of people to support the Million Moms March for Justice on May 9th."

Law Experts Argue Against Police-worn Body Cams

April 6, 2015

By Rebecca Rivas 

Saint Louis University Law Professor Justin Hansford said Ferguson protestors are not demanding that police wear body cameras.

“Body cameras could very well increase mass incarceration,” he said at an April 2 presentation at SLU Law School.

Rarely does Hansford shows up to a panel and agree with the other speakers on the topic, he said. Yet Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, laid a similar argument against the cameras’ effectiveness in bringing more police accountability.

Want to fix the climate? First, we have to change everything

April 6, 2015

There was an important launch earlier this week where a bunch of high-profile figures came together to sign on to a new game-changing enterprise. No, I’m not talking about the gathering where Jay-Z, Beyonce, Madonna, and a dozen other artists announced their new music streaming service Tidal. I’m talking about The Next System, a project that seeks to disrupt or replace our traditional institutions for creating progressive change. Its backers include Greenpeace President Annie Leonard, clean energy champion Van Jones, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, climate activist (and Grist board member) Bill McKibben, and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, and hundreds of others.

Victory For Justice As Unjust Judge Removed In Ferguson

March 11, 2015

Next Who Should be Removed in Ferguson Are City Manager and Police Chief; Brockmeyer Should be Removed as Prosecutor and Judge in Surrounding Counties as well

Yesterday, a few days after the US Department of Justice issued a report on the injustice in the Ferguson police department and court system, a judge at the center of the controversy was forced to resign.  As the Huffington Post summarized it:

Opponents Mobilize to Stop Fast Track and TransPacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

March 3, 2015

President Obama is pushing hard for congressional approval of trade promotion, or fast track authority, that many believe is essential for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. The proposed trade deal would include 12 nations that border the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam.