Meet Amanda Siebe

If elected, I'll join The Squad as the only disabled woman in the US House and a voice for Disability Rights and Injured Workers.


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Who is Amanda Siebe?

 Amanda was raised in Beaverton, OR where she lived with her parents and three siblings. She attended Jesuit High School in Portland, OR and was a recipient of the President's Award for Community Service. After high school, Amanda attended Western Oregon University (WOU) where she studied International Relations, Spanish, and Sociology, focusing on Community Organizing and Immigration. In 2009, Amanda was awarded WOU’s Saul Alinsky Community Organizing Award for her work with the Monmouth-Independence Tenants Union. Amanda volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, and was a volunteer EMT at Polk County Fire District No. 1. In 2012, Amanda was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), following a work-related injury. Since her diagnosis, she has become a relentless advocate for chronic pain, patients, and disability rights.


Amanda has dedicated her life to improving her community and tries to teach her son, Keagan, to do the same. Since high school, she has been marching for police reform, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, government reform, women’s rights, and more. In 2016, she traveled to Standing Rock to stand with the Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In her free time, Amanda tutors and mentors local kids from ages 10 to 18, helping with homework, and teaching them to be better and demand more from our government. For her, there’s no battle too big or fight too hard to take on. Now, she's determined to take the fight for equality and justice to Congress.

Activism

Amanda has proudly:

  • Marched for police reform with Black Lives Matters
  • Traveled to Standing Rock to stand with the Water Protectors
  • Stood against racism and Fascism with ANTIFA
  • Rallied with immigrants to protect the rights of Dreamers, asylum seekers, and undocumented workers
  • Fought for workers' rights and protections


Amanda Siebe at Standing Rock

McLoughlin, SD December 2016
Amanda Siebe at Standing Rock McLoughlin, SD December 2016

Volunteer Work

Amanda and Keagan at Camp Clark

Boy Scouts of America

  • District Committee member for the Willamette District
  • Adult Leader
  • High Adventure Adviser
  • Order of the Arrow Adviser
  • Adventure Scout Adviser
  • Adventure Cove Camp Business Manager & Cook

Girl Scouts

  • High Adventure adviser
  • Adult Adviser

Polk County Fire District, No. 1

  • Volunteer EMT-Basic

Monmouth-Independence Tenants Union

  • Community Organizer

Advocacy

Amanda has been an outspoken and passionate advocate for:

Patient and Disability Rights:

          In 2016, Amanda was the WEGO Health Advocate Rookie of the Year for her work

  • Ensuring patients’ continued right to pain management
  • Writing articles about her experiences living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and patient treatment to improve understanding and patient experience
  • Lobbying Congress for changes in patient care and treatment

Tenant Rights

  • Working with the Monmouth-Independence Tenants Union to ensure better conditions and fair treatment of tenants & Workers Rights

Workers Rights

  • Fighting to ensure all workers and employees have equal protection and safety standards

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Amanda is a firm believer in leading by example. She understands the situation facing a majority of families across this country, and a majority of us are not earning $174,000/year. If elected, Amanda promises to continue leading by example by reinvesting at least $100,000/year of her tax-payer salary back into Oregon District 1 and directly into projects that benefit the low-income, homeless, and youth in our community.

Education

Jesuit High School

Awards: President's Award for Community Service

Western Oregon University

Studied International Relations, Spanish, and Sociology

Focus of studies: Immigration Between US and Mexico

Awards: Saul Alinsky Community Organizing Award

La Universidad Latina De America

During college, Amanda was fortunate enough to study abroad in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico where she studied Spanish & Immigration

Chemeketa Community College

EMT-Basic

What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)?

Also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 1

"Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder in which pain, occurring spontaneously or from a sensory stimulus, is disproportionately far more painful than it should be. An example of this would be light touching of the skin, which normally is not painful, yet it causes extreme pain perception in CRPS patients. The disproportionate pain is also reflected in normally painful stimuli, such as a pinprick, hurting more than it should (hyperalgesia). CRPS usually affects one limb after a limb injury or surgery. Usually patients with CRPS will experience limited use of their affected limbs due to the pain. Besides increased perception of pain, other signs and symptoms that are seen with CRPS particularly in its early stages are a warm, red, and swollen extremity on the affected side. " --NORD

How RSD/CRPS affects Amanda

Amanda's RSD/CRPS is Stage 4, which means it affects her whole body, including her internal organs.

Treatment

While each patient is different, the key to treating RSD/CRPS is proper pain management. Not only does Amanda have a Spinal Cord Stimulator to manage her full-body pain, but she also uses Opiate Pain Management and Medical Marijuana under the care and direction of a Pain Management Specialist. Amanda has specifically chosen this method of treatment method due to the increased functionality, quality of life, and clarity of mind it provides her. Amanda is fortunate to have supportive doctors who understand the impact proper pain management can have on a patient's quality of life.

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