Gregory McKelvey

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Gregory McKelvey
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Gregory McKelvey speaks to activists
ResidencePortland, Oregon
NationalityUnited States
OccupationCommunity Organizer
OrganizationPortland's Resistance
Known forPolitical Activism
Home townPortland, Oregon

Gregory McKelvey (born March 20, 1993) is an activist, public speaker, and campaign manager. He received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Political Science.[1] Gregory was described as leading the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon[2] and has been the subject of extensive media coverage as an organizer of Anti-Trump protests in Portland, Oregon.[3][4][5] McKelvey attended Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon where he ran on the Track team.[6]

Professional career[edit]

McKelvey first worked in politics as an intern on the 2014 campaign for Anne Schuster on the Benton County Board of Commissioners.[7] He worked through the primary in which the candidate won beating Pat Malone. He then worked as the campaign manager for Xan Augerot in the same county.[8] He worked through the primary in which his candidate beat the incumbent Jay Dixon. In the 2016 general election he worked as the campaign manager for James Ofsink who unsuccessfully ran for the Oregon State Senate as a third party candidate.[9]

Political activism[edit]


2016 Presidential campaign[edit]

During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, McKelvey was a prominent advocate for Bernie Sanders. He was elected as a delegate to represent the senator at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. During the convention, he and many other delegates walked out in protest of the treatment of Bernie Sanders by the Democratic Party.[10] He gave many speeches in support of Sanders around the state of Oregon.[11]

Portland Resistance[edit]

Toward the end of 2016 and during the Presidential Election Campaign Gregory founded Portland Resistance an organization and movement focused on protesting Donald Trump. Portland Resistance organized Inauguration Protests and other Anti-Trump protests that have persisted into 2017.[12] In November 2016 McKelvey was arrested at a peaceful demonstration for blocking a road.[13] The case was subsequently dismissed.

Personal life[edit]

McKelvey's father is a well known band director and musician in Oregon and his mother is a malpractice attorney at a prominent law firm.[6]

On September 24th 2011 McKelvey was arrested for fourth-degree assault, first-degree domestic kidnapping, strangulation and harassment after reportedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in an Oregon State University residence hall. The charges were eventually dismissed.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Gregory McKelvey is Leading Portland's Black Lives Matter Protests—and Won't Be Silenced by Pepper Spray". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  2. ^ "Gregory McKelvey is Leading Portland's Black Lives Matter Protests—and Won't Be Silenced by Pepper Spray". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  3. ^ "Thousands of Portlanders Jam Downtown Streets with Signs and Puppets to Protest President Donald Trump". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  4. ^ Smith, Emily E. (2017-03-29). "'The activist Bonnie and Clyde': young lovers lead Portland's Trump resistance". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  5. ^ "As Donald Trump Becomes President, Portland's Streets Will Be Chaotic". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  6. ^ a b Budnick, Nick. "Protest leader seeks peace amid violence". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  7. ^ Gazette-Times, Anthony Rimel, Corvallis. "Schuster announces candidacy for Benton County commissioner". Corvallis Gazette Times. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  8. ^ Gazette-Times, BENNETT HALL Corvallis. "Augerot upsets Dixon in commission race". Corvallis Gazette Times. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  9. ^ "Oregon 21st District State Senate Results: Kathleen Taylor Wins". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  10. ^ "Oregon delegates among Sanders supporters to walk out after Hillary Clinton's nomination". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  11. ^ Good Works (2016-01-23), Gregory McKelvey Speech at Bernie Sanders Rally 1/23/16, retrieved 2017-10-09
  12. ^ "Portland's Resistance leader Gregory McKelvey on activism in the Trump era". The Pioneer Log. 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  13. ^ "Cops Arrested Well-Known Activist Greg McKelvey During A Monday Protest March". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  14. ^ "OSU student charged with assault on ex-girlfriend | Crime and Courts |". 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  15. ^ Kavanaugh, Shane Dixon (2018-01-17). "Portland activist finds himself snared in #MeToo movement". Retrieved 2019-05-09.

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