Doyle Canning

Doyle is a mother, a community organizer, and a progressive leader. For 20 years, she has been in the trenches building movements for strong climate solutions, racial justice, worker’s rights, immigrant rights, homes for all, environmental restoration, and more. She is challenging incumbent Democrat Peter DeFazio, who has taken significant campaign funding from big defense industry corporations.

Doyle Canning is taking a stand for real change in Oregon in 2020.
Doyle is a mother, a community organizer, and a progressive leader. For 20 years, she has been in the trenches building movements for strong climate solutions, racial justice, worker’s rights, immigrant rights, homes for all, environmental restoration, and more.

Doyle’s sense of solidarity and community was shaped at an early age, as a survivor of domestic violence. When the police refused to help her mother, neighbors protected Doyle and her mom. Doyle learned very young that when the system fails us, we do not accept the failure, but look out for each other, and fight to better the system. Doyle’s mother was a strong role model, and some of her earliest memories are of protests against nuclear power, war in Central America, and Apartheid. As a teen, Doyle’s mom opened their home to those in need, hosting immigrants settling in the US. Those childhood experiences laid the groundwork for who she is today: someone who believes deeply in community, equity, and fighting for what’s right.

Doyle studied education and began her career as a community organizer in rural communities, educating farmers and neighbors about the risks of GMOs and chemical-intensive agriculture. She worked with farmers and communities to pass first in the nation legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered seeds. In 1999, Doyle hit the streets of Seattle to protest against the World Trade Organization, and experienced first hand the strength of a global coalition of labor unions and environmentalists united to confront corporate power and to fight for people and planet. This historic moment shaped her path, and she became a leader in progressive social movements – working side by side with veterans to oppose the Iraq war, supporting farmworker rights, standing with communities against corporate polluters, and taking on big banks in the fight for the 99%. She co-founded the Center for Story-based Strategy and co-authored Re:Imagining Change, a book about how to use stories to change the world.

Doyle is an alumna of the University of Oregon School of Law, where she graduated third in her class. While in law school, Doyle clerked for EarthJustice, supporting litigation against the Trump administration’s assault on environmental protection, and for U.S. Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken, in Eugene.

Doyle and her husband Justin decided to raise their two children in the Southern Willamette Valley because it is the most beautiful and welcoming place in America. But building a future in Oregon gets harder every day. Our economy rewards only the wealthiest, while working people scrape by. Polluters poison our air and water, and forest fires and floods – worsened by climate change – threaten our homes. Healthcare in our small towns is impossible to access, while insurance companies profit by refusing care and life saving medication. Children are abused in border camps, while ICE snatches people off the street, separating families and destroying lives. Tuition and housing costs keep going up, while real wages haven’t increased in 40 years.

Doyle knows that this is all happening because our political system is corrupted by corporate money, and that we need new leadership with the grit to fight for bold solutions that delivers real change for Oregonians. Doyle is running for Congress because she believes that everyone deserves health care, a safe place to live, clean air and drinking water, and options for education and employment. She has spent 20 years fighting for communities and standing up to Wall Street Banks, big polluters, and the politicians they pay for. Doyle is ready to offer bold leadership and fight for everyday Oregonains in Congress. She will never take a dime from big corporate PACs or fossil fuels. 2020 is the time to take a stand.

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