MultDems Member Spotlight: Greg Burrill

Greg Burrill

Greg is a Co-Chair of the Racial Inclusivity Work Group, and he is a PCP in HD-48. He has also been a Neighborhood Leader. Greg is a substitute teacher who is working “to create a world that works for all beings, human and other.” He is active in the teachers union at the local, state and national levels. We asked him a few questions about why he is a Democrat.

Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?

I joined the Democratic Party in 2016 to help elect Bernie Sanders. I decided to stick around to try to turn the Party into a people’s party, rather than the “Good Cop” for the Corporatocracy.

Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level?

I think it’s important for all Americans to work for the perfection of the Republic.

What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?

I want adequate funding and staffing for public schools, a program to encourage BIPoC folx to become educators, and anti-racism programs to help them stay in the profession.

Please tell us a little about the Racial Inclusivity Work Group (RIWG)

The mission of RIWG is increasing and sustaining the Party’s racial diversity in ways that welcome, include, and support people of color in membership and leadership.

This group is charged with addressing the following item in Article IV-Equality in the 2020 Multnomah County Democrats Platform:

We call for a plan within the Democratic Party of Multnomah County and within the Democratic Party of Oregon for active recruitment of people of color in membership and leadership.

RIWG creates a safe space for BIPoC folx to heal our divisions, so we can operate as a unified force to heal racism. RIWG strives to be about 75% BIPoC, so that we can make the best use of our anti-racist White Allies.

What is making you hopeful right now?

I believe that the society we have now is a caterpillar; the society we are headed for is a butterfly.

What advice can you provide to your fellow Democrats in Multnomah County?

Pay attention to a few issues that are important to you, become deeply knowledgeable, and teach others. Avoid relying on memes and platitudes.

To find out more about joining the MultDems Racial Inclusivity Work Group, please visit: https://multdems.org/get-involved/join-a-committee/racial-inclusivity-work-group/.
Email Greg at racialinclusivity@gmail.com

About Beth Blenz-Clucas

PCP for HD 28 Neighborhood Leader, SW Portland. PCP since 2018. MultDems Communications committee member since 2020.