(Note added by IPR editor: some of the letter writers have run as Green Party and independent candidates, worked on such campaigns and served on Green Party committees, etc)
Open Letter of Support for Shahid Buttar
We, the undersigned, wish to express our complete support for Shahid Buttar regarding all
aspects of his character, integrity and leadership. We specifically wish to vouch for his high
ethical standards and behavior.
Collectively, our experiences with Shahid range from the personal to the political, in settings
including our homes, workplaces, and the streets. In each of these places, we have witnessed
and interacted with a man who embodies the values he espouses, deeply respects women and
listens carefully to all those around him. Shahid’s empathetic approach to connecting with
others and his inherent kindness define who he is and how he comports himself in all parts of
his life. We also know him as a committed feminist who fights for women’s rights and against
Recent allegations have attempted to draw a different picture of Shahid than the one we know
to be true. We believe these allegations are false and ill intentioned.
The accuser is well known in the DC social justice community. Unfortunately, this troubled
individual has a long history of fabricating attacks against innocent people. A review of litigation
she has filed in various jurisdictions would likely yield a revealing picture to an enterprising
journalist. She has engaged in late-night phone harassment campaigns, false allegations and
physical threats against numerous individuals over the years. She is NOT a credible witness
against this promising progressive leader.
We are discouraged by the speed Shahid was condemned without evidence and urge further
investigation into these claims which come from an individual with a widely known pattern of
making false accusations.
Shahid stands for peace, justice, and democracy. He embodies anti-oppression principles and has a demonstrated record of practices that promote equity and inclusion. His disposition, intellect, and values combine to make up the type of person we should all hope to represent us as an elected official.