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Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and community organizer engaged at the cross roads of food, ecological and economic justice efforts. She is a proponent/practitioner of appropriate ecological technologies, regenerative farming/gardening, honoring ancestral knowledge and permaculture design (although she sometimes finds this last label problematic). Her current activism includes land defense with Occupy the Farm, anti-gentrification work with Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition, intersectional identity politics, and building resilient (AND equitable) place-based communities.
By day, she does development work for the Ruckus Society–an organization that supports and uplifts grassroots fights against climate, ecological, corporate and state injustices though Direct Action trainings, capacity building and strategic campaign support. Previously she ran a grassroots economic development program for a food justice organization, Phat Beets Produce, in Oakland. She is also in the extended Movement Generation family, has studied social permaculture with Starhawk and holds two PDC’s.
Susan considers herself to be a wannabe farmer, whole systems thinker, healing practitioner, and a covert revolutionary. She immigrated from Korea as a child, and after a short stint in SoCal, has been living in the Bay Area for 20 years.