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Susana Almanza (she/her)

Director/Organizer, PODER

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Susana Almanza is a founding member and director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), a grassroots environmental, economic, and social justice organization. She is a longtime community organizer, educator, mother, and grandmother.  Susana participated in the civil rights movement as a Brown Beret, taking up issues of police brutality, housing, quality education, and equity in school systems and health care as a right not a privilege. Susana is a proven leader and nationally recognized environmental justice activist, and was recently appointed to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  She has spent her life organizing for the advancement of the underprivileged in the neighborhoods of East Austin and beyond. Susana has overcome poverty, prejudice, and segregated schools to face down some of the world’s most powerful transnational corporations.  Susana continues her struggle for human rights, demanding environmental justice and a better quality of life for people of color, all humanity, and for future generations.  
Susana Almanza