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Who is Creating Democracy

Who is Creating Democracy

Dozens of friends and allies have played a role in shaping the ideas and strategies of Creating Democracy, more than twenty organizations participated and sent representatives to the planning meetings and the PMA in Portland itself in 2010, an inspiring core group coordinated the work of the PMA, and several individuals were key in advancing the ideas and lessons from this decade.

Currently Creating Democracy is coordinated by Chris Borte and Amy Dudley, partners in organizing and in life.

Chris Borte (Organizer) first discovered his passion for fundamental social justice as a student protesting the 1st Gulf War in the 90s and later at Evergreen College in Olympia, where he organized with elders, and allies for peace, justice, and Native Solidarity, first around the quincentennial, then in defense of Lyle point.  Continuing with forest defense, farmworker justice, student, and homeless justice work, in 1999 Chris was among a small group who boldly called for the Shut Down of the WTO, and through a network of Art and Revolution collectives, the Direct Action Network, and Portlanders Against the WTO.  The experience with the power of affinity groups on the streets of Seattle led Chris to seek deep conversation about the role of small groups in  movements and envision what ongoing sustained community organizing based on a small group model of decision making could look like.  Chris moved towards community organizing and racial justice work along with other white veterans of globalization struggles.   Chris worked with Community Alliance of Tenants, and later with ‘ROOTS! (Reclaiming Our Origins Through Struggle).  When he’s not pioneering innovative models of organizing, Chris spends his free time loving and being overwhelmed by his children, Cora (4) and Leo (2), and trying hard to resist watching star wars with them.

Amy Dudley (Organizer) grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of SW Virginia and moved to Oregon in 2000 after spending a life changing year working with rural women farmers in Cameroon.  That experience led her to organizing, first with neighborhood activists in SE Portland, building bridges across race, class, and immigration status, and from 2004 through 2010 with the Rural Organizing Project, alongside the amazing human dignity groups and leaders advancing democracy in rural Oregon, first as an organizer, and later as a co-director.  For the past three years, Amy has devoted her organizing skills to attempting to order the wonder and chaos of life with her children, Cora (4) and Leo (2), serving on the board of her cooperative preschool, Hawthorne Family Playschool, and serving as the Racial Equity Report Card Coordinator for Western States Center during the 2013 Oregon Legislative Session.