Shahid Buttar blogs https://www.shahidbuttar.com/blog en From Ferguson to Jerusalem, the criminals wear badges https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/170 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>My latest track, <i><a href="https://soundcloud.com/shahid-buttar/ferguson-to-jerusalem">Ferguson to Jerusalem</a></i>, combines dark, driving tech house with conscious lyrics addressing the global policing crisis. Across the Earth, we the People face a common enemy: so-called "security" services that occupy neighborhoods and oppress communities in the name of keeping capital safe.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="225" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/310686029&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <!--break--></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Music</a></div></div></div> Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:18:39 +0000 Shahid Buttar 170 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/170#comments Taking to the road to raise the alarm https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/169 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The inauguration of President Agent Orange marked a disturbing escalation in a longstanding constitutional crisis. If our nation's intelligence apparatus once again grows politicized (as it was for 40 years under the corrupt reign of intimidation and terror over whch J. Edgar Hoover reigned), democracy could hang in the balance. As I explained in <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/01/remember-dr-king-and-what-he-endured">a blog post for EFF</a> published days before Trump's inauguration:</p> <blockquote><p>Many Americans reacted to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/harry-reid-james-comey-election/">seemingly politicized FBI disclosures</a> in the days before the 2016 presidential election with surprise. But the FBI has embroiled itself in partisan controversies since its very origins. From the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/topic/Palmer-Raids">Palmer Raids</a> through the <a href="http://www.justrememberthepast.com/the-red-scare-huac-and-mccarthyism.html">McCarthy era</a>, from the <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/truth-and-power-tv-series-animal-rights-terrorism/8625/">Green Scare</a> to its infiltration of <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1995-05-30/news/mn-7622_1_united-farm-workers">labor organizing by farm workers</a>, the FBI has a long history of investigating and undermining constitutional rights in the context of political movements.</p> <p>Under Hoover’s direction, the FBI achieved its written goal: the "neutralization" of domestic social groups speaking out to advance their views as protected by the First Amendment. Hoover's FBI achieved its goals with a fraction of the budget, staff—and none of the computing power—of the FBI today.</p> </blockquote> <p>These concerns are part of why <a href="https://www.eff.org/EFA">the Electronic Frontier Alliance</a> (a project I launched at EFF <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/12/ringing-new-year-resistance">last year</a>) has expanded across the country, generating opportunities in February alone to inform, inspire, and mobilize audiences in <a href="https://soundcloud.com/kzsc/interview-w-effs-shahid-buttar-abt-surveillance_feb-7-2017">Santa Cruz</a>, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Washington DC, <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/ny-city-council-measure-would-require-transparency-nypd-electronic-surveillance">New York City</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/EFF/status/836394573425364992">Atlanta</a>.</p> <!--break--></div></div></div> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:12 +0000 Shahid Buttar 169 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/169#comments My ode to the Resistance https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/168 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Consider this my ode to the Resistance.</p> <iframe frameborder="0" height="120" src="https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fshahid-buttar%2Fshahid-buttar-playing-roman-yoyos-birthday-party-in-oakland-01282017%2F&amp;hide_cover=1" width="100%"></iframe><p>I spun this set during sunset on a Saturday in Oakland for a housewarming and joint birthday party celebrating a pair of brilliant activist lawyers and a new intentional community. It includes the most hip hop I’ve ever included in a set, with some of my favorite and most conscious tracks leading into some swing, melodic, and goofy house before tribal and melodic interludes leading up to a dreamy and finally disquieting close.</p> <p>Make sure you catch the lyrical mashup around 56:00!</p> <!--break--></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Music</a></div></div></div> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:30:42 +0000 Shahid Buttar 168 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/168#comments "The lid is lifting." https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/166 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In a story covering the emergence of rising activism among workers in the tech industry, the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-tech-workers-protest-20170124-story.html">Los Angeles Times</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/la-fi-tn-tech-workers-protest-20170124-story.html">Chicago Tribune</a> quoted me (and gave me the pull quote!) saying "Comfortable people are waking up. It’s easy to be aware when you’re uncomfortable; a lot of people have lost their comfort and their complacency."</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Media</a></div></div></div> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:50:58 +0000 Shahid Buttar 166 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/166#comments Fortune (January 2017) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/163 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Whenever I<br /> feel<br /> melancholy<br /> I remember</p> <p>how other people<br /> spend the month of December:<br /> exposed to the elements,<br /> trying to stay dry.</p> <p>A hair's breadth<br /> separates<br /> that guy<br /> from you &amp; I.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:30:20 +0000 Shahid Buttar 163 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/163#comments Supporting resistance in Silicon Valley https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/167 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Buzzfeed included my comments in <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/nitashatiku/protest-palantir-muslim-registry">a story</a> about a protest at Palantir in Palo Alto, California, a historically unlikely site for protest (which I happen to know well, having organized resistance to the invasion of Iraq there duing my time in law school 15 years ago). The Tech Worker Coalition's protest was well attended by employees of tech firms—despite being on a rainy Wednesday morning—and particlarly challenged Palantir, a corporate contractor to intelligence agencies, not to profit from a proposed Muslim registry or mass deportations.</p> <p>I said, "Palantir is particularly well poised to profit from potential policies that the next administration might roll out and has already established very lucrative contracts [for databases that could] very easily be used for horrific purposes." </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Media</a></div></div></div> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000 Shahid Buttar 167 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/167#comments A bend in the river (January 2017) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/165 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I rode the water<br /> when the Way seemed<br /> clear until suddenly<br /> it no longer appeared<br /> like a bend in a river<br /> after which the water<br /> was somehow all gone<br /> as if the Universe<br /> watched the horrors<br /> we inflict on ourselves<br /> and walked away ashamed</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:09:49 +0000 Shahid Buttar 165 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/165#comments Looking back on a horrid year https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/164 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Fairness &amp; Accuracy in Reporting included an interview we did this fall in its <a href="http://fair.org/home/best-of-counterspin-2016/">Best of CounterSpin 2016</a> compilation (starting at 16:10) addressing how the press in America has withered, both from within, and under a government assault disturbingly sustained by a federal court in a <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/decision-eroding-first-amendments-rights-civil-rights-transparency-inviting-violence">series of cases</a> that I wrote about earlier this year.</p> <p>CounterSpin's Best of 2016 also has important other interviews addressing various dimensions of our constitutional crisis, including police violence, the Flint water crisis (and an overlooked assault on local self-determination that made it possible), corporate complicity in climate change, white supremacy, and the rise of President P****-Grabber.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MakeAmericaWhiteAgain.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 336px;" /></p> <!--break--></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Media</a></div></div></div> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:29:30 +0000 Shahid Buttar 164 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/164#comments A melodic holiday mix from a melodious night https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/162 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I spun this downtempo, funky, melodic set for Gender Blender’s 2016 holiday party at the renowned Mission Control space in its new location in West Oakland. Mission Control has been a cornerstone in the Bay Area counterculture for more than a generation, and Gender Blender has been supporting, connecting, and inspiring queer people &amp; allies since 2009. </p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="120" src="https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fshahid-buttar%2Fshahid-buttar-playing-mission-control-in-oakland-with-gender-blender-12162016%2F&amp;hide_cover=1" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><!--break--></p> <p>This particular set will be hard for me to forget, both because of the fever-induced delirium that gripped me while I played it, the blown speaker that I heard as soon as I came on the decks (which prompted me to scale furniture in the middle of my set to turn it off) and the eye-popping sights, riveting sounds, and surprising smells that occasionally become visible / audible / sniffable from the DJ booth at a play party.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Music</a></div></div></div> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 04:59:59 +0000 Shahid Buttar 162 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/162#comments No rest for the weary https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/161 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>After an emotionally challenging summer, I enjoyed the chance to immerse myself in my work in the fall. October offered many chances to speak in support of other organizations in addition to EFF, including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (<a href="http://www.apilegaloutreach.org/">APILO</a>), the <a href="https://www.aclunc.org/">ACLU</a> of Northern California, <a href="http://bmoreunited.org/tag/leaders-of-a-beautiful-struggle/">Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle</a> in Baltimore, and a documentary film, "<a href="http://www.donotresistfilm.com/">Do Not Resist</a>," that played at an independent theater in my old neighborhood.</p> <!--break--><p>On Friday, October 14, I had a chance to MC a <a href="http://www.apilegaloutreach.org/blog/2016/10/03/exclusive-look-at-our-41st-author-vanessa-hua-emcee-shahid-buttar/">gala dinner</a> benefitting Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (<a href="http://www.apilegaloutreach.org">APILO</a>), an important organization serving at risk communities across the Bay Area. I appreciated the chance to meet a small army of community advocates, as well as a framed print that the organization gave me depicting the concentration camp at which our government detained and interned 10,000 Americans near <a href="http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/brief-history-heart-mountain-relocation-center">Heart Mountain</a> in Wyoming. </p> <p>The following Friday, October 21, I spoke at the Roxie, an independent movie theater in San Francisco's Mission District, during a Q&amp;A after a screening of "<a href="http://www.donotresistfilm.com/">Do Not Resist</a>," an important documentary about police militarization. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, and depicts not only the rise of paramilitary policing but also the racket that <a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/civil-asset-forfeiture-7-things-you-should-know">civil asset forfeiture</a> has created by giving police financial incentives to wage the war on drugs even to the point of destroying the communities they're pledged to serve.</p> <p>Three days later, I spoke in Santa Cruz at an <a href="https://www.aclunc.org/get-involved/events/santa-cruz-aclu-forum-mass-surveillance">ACLU Forum on Mass Surveillance</a> alongside a retired police chief, a UC Santa Cruz psychology professor, and the Santa Clara County legislator who proposed a law setting a <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/california-county-breaks-new-ground-surveillance-transparency">national example for transparency</a> and public oversight of local police on Monday, October 24. </p> <p>By the end of that week, I was back east, where I covered a coalition meeting in DC and facilitated <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/694077880768290/">a community workshop in Baltimore</a> on Saturday, October 29 with <a href="http://bmoreunited.org/tag/leaders-of-a-beautiful-struggle/">Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle</a>.</p> <p>In the middle of all that, I published my <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/un-joins-critique-proposed-cbp-social-media-questions">latest writing for EFF</a> on October 18, explaining how government agencies are expanding "a constitutionally offensive border search regime at physical borders and U.S. international airports...in troubling new ways by prompting travelers from countries on the State Department’s Visa Waiver Program list to provide their 'social media identifier.'" The post explains how monitoring international visitors not only exposes Americans to surveillance, but also undermines the First Amendment rights of Americans to hear diverse views.</p> <p>: </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:37:33 +0000 Shahid Buttar 161 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/161#comments