A city's land use code preserves what the city values. Austin's land use code, rooted in a history of racism, has fostered the wealth, security and safety of Austin's white residents while failing to provide the same for our communities of color.
Susana Renteria Almanza is a founding member and Director of PODER, a grassroots environmental social justice organization. Susana has overcome poverty, prejudice, and segregated schools to face down some of the world’s most powerful transnational corporations.
Susana is an indigenous person and resides in East Austin, Texas. 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. She is a proven leader and nationally recognized environmental justice activist.