Organizational Structure

Red Braid is a membership-based organization. All members agree to our Basis of Unity and Accountability Process, and actively participate in the life of the organization through campaign, committee, and administrative work; community and member care; political analysis; and collective, consensus-based decision-making. The relationship between Red Braid and its membership is reciprocal: members are accountable to Red Braid, and Red Braid is accountable to each member.

Coordinating Committee

Red Braid members elect a seven-person Coordinating Committee for a term of 6-12 months. One seat is held for a delegate from the Indigenous Leadership Council and another seat is held for a delegate from Nanaimo. The Coordinating Committee is responsible for preparing member meeting agendas, chairing meetings, coordinating between campaigns, and making urgent decisions.

Listen Chen
Listen Chen
Listen has been a member of Red Braid since 2017. They are active in the June 8th Network, No War With China, and Justice for Kyaw campaigns, and are an editor of The Volcano. They were born in Hong Kong to wealthy parents and live to be a useful class traitor.
Mercedes Courtoreille (Cree)
Mercedes Courtoreille (Cree)
Mercedes joined Red Braid in 2018. They live and organize in Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw territory. Mercedes is a member of the Indigenous Leadership Council. They are also a musician and a body modification artist.
Tana Copperthwaite
Tana Copperthwaite
Tana is a twice-widowed mom of three, a semi-retired hairdresser, and a founder of Anita Place Tent City. She hopes her faulty hip will be replaced soon, so she can get out for more actions. After working with Red Braid for years, she became a member in 2020.
Ivan Drury
Ivan Drury
Ivan is a founding member of Red Braid. He is active in the June 8th Poor People’s Network, with a focus on Maple Ridge, and is a member of The Volcano’s editorial collective. He lives in the Fraser Valley and works as a history instructor.
Karina F. Castro
Karina F. Castro
Karina has been a member of Red Braid since 2019. They organize in the DTES and are also involved in anti-police organizing. Karina was born in Nicaragua and lived in Winnipeg (Treaty 1 Territory) before coming to Vancouver three years ago.
Isabel Krupp
Isabel Krupp
Isabel has been a member of Red Braid since 2017. She organizes in Surrey and the Tri-Cities, and is a member of The Volcano’s editorial collective. She works in a library and lives in East Vancouver, where she grew up in social housing, raised by a single mom on welfare.
Destiny Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Gitxsan, and Irish)
Destiny Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Gitxsan, and Irish)
Destiny joined Red Braid in 2016. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Leadership Council and active in the Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign. She is also a young Indigenous poet and a Mario Kart expert.
Maya Violet
Maya Violet
Maya organizes with Bread, Roses & Hormones, a campaign for gender liberation led by working-class trans people. She joined Red Braid in 2019. Maya love foxes and eats a lot of celery.

Indigenous Leadership Council

The Indigenous Leadership Council works to build Indigenous leadership within struggles that also include non-Indigenous people, including within unhoused and criminalized communities. Our organizing carves out space for low-income Indigenous people to identify and fight colonialism, and decolonize the urban Indigenous community, alongside a parallel struggle against capitalism.

Mercedes Courtoreille (Cree)
Mercedes Courtoreille (Cree)
Mercedes joined Red Braid in 2018. They live and organize in Nanaimo, occupied Snuneymuxw territory. Mercedes is member of the Indigenous Leadership Council. They are also a musician and a body modification artist.
Destiny Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Gitxsan, and Irish)
Destiny Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Gitxsan, and Irish)
Destiny joined Red Braid in 2016. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Leadership Council and active in the Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign. She is also a young Indigenous poet and a Mario Kart expert.
Ma Maa Tea, Sadie Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Irish)
Ma Maa Tea, Sadie Morris (Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Irish)
Ma Maa Tea, Sadie has been a member of Red Braid since 2016. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Leadership Council and she is active in the Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign. She is also a writer and a mother.

Support & Accountability Committee

Every year, Red Braid members elect a three-person Support and Accountability Committee (SAC), which is responsible for carrying out accountability processes between members and responding to any concerns we may receive from people in our communities. Contact the SAC at rbasacommittee@gmail.com.