Planting Justice Staff
Food Justice Education Program
Transform Your Yard Program
Grassroots Organizing Program
Daniel Alper - Outreach Coordinator
Daniel Francis Alper has been rocking the streets with the PJ Canvass team since June, 2013. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University and has been living in Oakland for the past two years. Having grown up in the world of musical theater, Daniel is passionate about transforming the sidewalk into a venue for inspirational performance and food justice activism. In the kitchen, Daniel prepares vegetarian curry dishes and cakes made from scratch, with his signature specialty of fresh fruit infused frostings. In his free time, Daniel likes to read fantasy books and study foreign languages.
Patrick Dunigan - Grassroots Organizer
I grew up on a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas of Northern California amongst nothing but trees, animals, and my 6 brothers and sisters. Ironically never growing food besides the animals, i've always been a country side obsessor. Going to school in the Bay Area gave me the perfect counter balance to my isolated upbringing and showed me what city life could and is all about. In comes Planting Justice to bridge the gap for me. Cities have cut us off from the earth and all that the earth has to offer us. We at PJ get to bring us all back to mother earth and unlock her wild secrets of food, healing, and love. If you see me out on the street, don't worry, I won't bite.........hard.
Alyse Toulouse - Grassroots Organizer
For a good portion of my childhood I lived in Pacific Grove, California surrounded by ocean, forests and monarch butterflies. When we moved to the middle of nowhere in Clatskanie/Rainier I experienced culture shock; We were in the country between two tiny towns. Clatskanie had one very expensive grocery store we couldn't afford and Rainier had eighteen bars, eleven churches and no grocery store.
I learned the largest driver of deforestation worldwide is cattle ranches so I decided to go vegetarian at age 14. As a teen I turned to informing myself about animal rights, climate change and anti-war politics and other ecological and social issues which all had validity and a stage when I visited Portland, Oregon, a great reprieve from the rural food desert I lived in.
At Cal I worked with a civil rights group on campus and ran for student government with the Defend Affirmative Action Party. I finished my Bachelors of Science at Berkeley majoring in Society and Environment, with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability. I am putting movements into action by organizing people and raising funds for Planting Justice so we as a world's people can learn from the mistakes we made in constructing our society, and work to re-build better structures for more equal life chances for all under-represented life forms including the world's poor and the ecosystems we rely on. I've been called by many "The Pitbull", because at work I grab on and don't let go. I love creatively communicating with the public and building the movement to end oppressive systems such as the prisons and food apartheid. Our community is such a powerful renewable resource and I am very passionate about ending the ways through which the system we operate under robs our communities, including through the prisons, substance abuse, ill mental health, poverty and isolation from each other. I whole-heartedly believe in the healing power of gardens and I love being able to help heal the world.
Anthony Forrest - Grassroots Organizer
Vernon Daley - Grassroots Organizer