San Francisco deserves a Representative who will champion climate justice, human rights, and racial justice for all.
Shahid embodies San Francisco’s values. He has actively represented both San Francisco and Washington as a legal advocate, national non-profit leader, grassroots organizer, and movement musician. Through his work building movements for peace, immigrant rights, black lives, and the Occupy movement, Shahid dedicated his career to public service long before running for public office.
An early advocate for marriage equality for same-sex couples and a prolific organizer in the movement to end warrantless surveillance, Shahid most recently built a national grassroots network for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as the organization’s Director of Grassroots Advocacy. He has been building social movements and speaking truth to power for two decades, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003.
In addition to LGBTQ rights, privacy, and the right to encryption, Shahid’s work has advanced immigrant rights, campaign finance reform, government transparency, international human rights, and police accountability. His writing has explored issues from the right-wing attack on reproductive freedom to the erosion of voting rights, and from effective counter-terrorism strategies to counter-cultural activism leveraging art & culture.
Healthcare is a human right, not a commodity. In sharp contrast to our incumbent’s defense of a for-profit health system that preys on sick people and their families, Shahid will support the historic “Medicare for All” proposal by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, H.R.1384.
Single-payer healthcare will be vastly more efficient and less expensive than our inadequate corporate healthcare system by leveraging economies of scale.
Medicare for all will dramatically drive down costs across the system by reducing administrative waste, expanding access to preventive care, and allowing the government’s purchasing power to drive down the cost of corporate pharmaceuticals.
While the plan entails an increase in government expenditures, we reject the Republican Pay-Go rules imposed by Speaker Pelosi. To the extent they remain in place during our tenure in the House, we propose to fund Medicare for All with offsetting reductions in military spending and a tax on Wall Street transactions.
Privacy is a fundamental right. Beyond the right merely to be invisible, it enables freedom of expression, on which democracy relies.
Despite our legal commitment to the First Amendment, U.S. history is unfortunately replete with government surveillance suppressing dissent.
Shahid will sponsor legislation to require law enforcement and intelligence agencies (such as NSA, FBI, and DEA) to secure a judicial warrant before searching or collecting information from or about Americans.
CLIMATE JUSTICE AND ENERGY POLICY
Corporations unfortunately dominate our public policy, and We the People pay the price. From depleting environmental resources to accelerating climate chaos and habitat destruction, corporate resource extraction increasingly threatens the future of human life on Earth.
Shahid favors aggressive action to address the climate crisis, and supports the Green New Deal. Given the warnings of U.N. climate scientists, we must transition our economy to 100% clean and renewable energy within the next 10 years. Doing so will require aggressive action to reform our energy policy, agriculture policy, military policy, and also housing and transportation infrastructure.
While the precise legislative vehicle to effectuate these changes remains unformulated due to the sustained and continuing failures of our established political leaders, Shahid is eager to participate in the formulation of the Green New Deal’s precise contours. He also aims to strengthen existing proposals as recommended by environmental groups including Food & Water Watch, Oil change International, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace.
In addition to promoting solutions to the global climate crisis in policy, our campaign has also shown solidarity with the Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and Youth Climate Strike by participating in direct actions organized by those networks.