“I was born into the universe, not just one country… So much to explore, experience, touching, feeling life. Life does not only belong to me. We all belong to each other. Just that one thought could take a lifetime to practice.” – Susan West, January 20th, 1972
|Susan West Friedman|
Susan was an enthusiastic member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, believing that it was essential to have an internationalist, long-term, post-capitalist, vision to complement grassroots activism. Susan was relatively new to San Diego. She made an indelible mark in just 4 years and developed a multitude of friends in short order. She joined the Board of Directors of Activist San Diego and served as one of its officers. Susan reveled in the idea of building a network for social justice, that would engage new people and anticipated the pending launch of ASD’s FM Community Radio Project. The Iraq/Afghan wars were so abhorrent to her that she seldom missed a San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice meeting, worked with Code Pink and was passionate about the Stop Blackwater campaign. After attending the US Social Forum in Atlanta she contributed her organizing skills to create a similar project locally. We could go on…
Susan thrived in the wonders of the nature. Love and respect for the environment ran through her blood. Susan was a wonderful mother and incomparable partner. She was fabulous cook, loved good wine and feeding thoughtful company. She gravitated to those who sought deeper human bonds. From her teenage participation in the African-American Civil Rights movement to her recent defense of marriage equality, she always cherished the quest for fuller equality. Martin and Susan met 37 years ago, lived intensely and traveled for 6 months in the back roads of South America at a time, not unlike today, when the continent is alive with social change and the people were yearning and organizing for freedom. The experience transformed both of them at their core and led them on a life-long quest the cause of justice.
For this reason Susan and others helped initiate the Susan West Friedman Fund for Civil and Human Rights. She wanted this to be part of her legacy. They welcome your participation and will cherish your donations.