Ami Fox is a PCP, SCC Delegate, an Election Integrity Delegate for the DPO, and has served as MultDems Comms Chair.
Why and how did you become involved in the Multnomah County Democrats?
I read in the newspaper about what happened to Carolanne Fry (the chair of the county party called the police on her for trying to speak) and that was when I realized that I needed to be involved and engaged at the county level.
Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level??
So many policies affect your life that come from city and state. When I moved here there was no rent control, no cause evictions were common. A friend of mine had her rent doubled in one month (essentially a no cause eviction), no recourse, perfectly legal. Through engagement, (Chloe Eudaly), Portland Tenants United, Portland Metro People’s coalition (the people) we changed all of that.
What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?
WE need to increase revenue. With that increase we need to fund our schools, foster care, affordable housing, create green jobs, have a public bank, universal broadband. No more death by austerity mindset.
What is making you hopeful right now?
Joe Biden is exceeding expectations.
What advice can you provide to our Democrats in Multnomah County?
Chose something that you care about and dig deep and network with all of the organizations that are invested in your issue. Understand the power structure that is between you and the change you are advocating for so that you can mount an appropriate offense. Utilize the youth movement, grassroots youth lead movements are just the creativity we need to move things (think about K-Pop and Tick Tok selling out the tickets for the Trump rally so that there were a sea of empty seats, or the Game Stop share buying that just brought 2 billionaire hedge funds to bankruptcy). That is the kind of out of the box thinking we need to do. At the same time we must adopt a 50 state strategy with no election going unchallenged. Rural America is hungry and angry, and they have only had one voice courting them. If you don’t have messaging and outreach, no one will join your cause no matter how worthy.