Sue won her high school’s “Best Citizen” award in 1978 and has been working to earn that title ever since. She played a leadership role in her campus peace group, and after grad school she began knocking on doors in neighborhoods around the country as a canvasser for SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, now Peace Action. She became the executive director of the Defending Dissent Foundation in 2008, and oversaw the merger of DDF and BORDC in 2015-16. Before coming to BORDC/DDF, she was the legislative coordinator for United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of over 1,600 groups opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While living in Chicago, Udry served as the executive director of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, and as an organizer for the Coalition for New Priorities, and organized child care workers for the Day Care Action Council of Illinois. She currently serves on the board of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, and the DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, as well as the Advisory Board of the Charity and Security Network. She is a co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition..
Over a quarter of a century working for peace and social justice in Washington, DC, Illinois and Indiana, has taught Sue that fulfilling the promise of the Bill of Rights and protecting our right to dissent is crucial to expanding democracy, promoting justice, and enlarging the global human rights perspective.
National Field Organizer
George Friday, national field organizer, grew up in rural NC in the 1960s. She holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 1982. George works with grassroots community and national organizations providing leadership development and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing, and community building. Her work particularly focuses on communication, oppression, change, and the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics, fostering broad, deep economic and social justice change. She brings more than three decades of experience to her position as national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Policy and Legislative Counsel
Prior to joining BORDC/DDF, Chip was a law student at American University Washington College of Law, where was co-director of the student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and a freelance journalist whose work appeared in Truthout and Jacobin. A longtime activist, Chip received the 2008 American Civil Liberties Union Youth Activist Scholar Award for helping to stand up for the rights of a high school anti-Iraq War group. More recently, Chip helped to initiate the group Keep Free Speech in the Free State, an ad hoc coalition of civil liberties, anti-war, and Palestinian solidarity organizations opposed to Maryland’s proposed unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation. He holds a bachelor of arts in Political Studies and History from Bard College where he completed an undergraduate thesis on the Central American Peace and Solidarity Movement. He has studied both as an undergraduate and as a law student the effects of anti-terrorism legislation on the First Amendment rights of solidarity activists. He continues this work as the Defending Dissent Legal Fellow by working on protecting activists First Amendment rights with an emphasis on the use of “anti-terrorism” policy to silence dissent.