Name: Carrie Medina
Occupation: Editor at a social media company
Tenure at Occupy Portland: Camping since day one
Otherwise lives in: Southwest Portland
Her favorite political thinker: Ron Paul
Her contribution to the camp: Medina is one of many Occupy volunteers who maintain the Portland movement’s Facebook, Twitter and Wiki pages. She also acts as spokesperson, speaking with national and independent media outlets.
Why she’s Occupying Portland: Medina is a libertarian and a fiscal conservative. “This isn’t a liberal movement."She's earned three bachelor's degrees from Portland State University; her studies ranged from psychology and sociology to biology and chemistry. But her experience studying abroad and her struggles after the economic crash in 2008 attracted her to the Occupy movement.
Her experience at Occupy Portland: “It’s been a mixed bag.” She likes the community and working with the communications team, but there are some campers who aren’t there to protest. “We’re working 20 hours a day, and they’re hurting our image."