Sue Udry’s career in public service spans four decades and includes advocating for peace, civil rights, and economic justice. She is an experienced non-profit administrator and expert on issues related to the intersection of national security, human rights, and civil society.
As Executive Director of Defending Rights & Dissent, Udry leads the organization’s advocacy and public education efforts to protect and strengthen civil society and challenge government abuse of First and Fourth Amendment rights. She represents DRAD in the media, in numerous coalitions, and on several boards of directors.
Prior to coming to DRAD, Udry was the legislative coordinator for United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of over 1,600 groups working to end 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 Student Privacy, and the DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the DC-NLG Litigation Fund, as well as the Advisory Board of the Charity and Security Network. She is a co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.
Policy and Legislative Counsel
Prior to joining Defending Rights & Dissent, 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.