Leon Sun

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Leon Sun

Leon Sun is a Bay Area activist. He is from Hong Kong. Sun began his work as an artist/activist in the Asian American Movement in the 1970s. From 1982-1992 he worked as a photographer and graphic designer for Unity Newspaper and as art director for East Wind Magazine. In addition, he did some did some self-directed projects in editorial photography, such as photographing life in the streets of Chinatown and in China.

From 1989 to 2003 Sun also worked for the city of Richmond, California as a photographer and graphic designer

By the 2000s, I began studying and practicing Buddhism. After I retired from Richmond I began to pursue my own art. Nature and animals became my main source of inspiration., along with Native American and early Chinese art. I work now mostly in silk screen printing. Occasionally I apply my photography and design work to environmental justice issues, such as the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.[1]


Studied East Asian Studies (Chinese) at University of Washington.

East Wind

In 1989 Leon Sun was art director of East Wind.

In 1989 Sonny Kim, Leon Sun and Pam Matsuoka were layout designers of East Wind.

Unity production staff

In 1990 production staff for Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle included Bruce Akizuki, Joanne Cosenza, Gary Kozono, Paul Lew, Kristin Prentice, Leon Sun, Marlene Tonai, Eric Vogt.

In 1992 production staff for Unity, newspaper of the Unity Organizing Committee included Bruce Akizuki, Easter Bonnifield, Joanne Cosenza, Michael Green, Cindi Kim, Gary Kozono, Paul Lew, Kristin Prentice, Hillary Skillings, Judy Sowell, Leon Sun, Marlene Tonai.

Unity Photographer

In 1992 staff/regional photographers for Unity, newspaper of the Unity Organizing Committee included S.H. Abdulle, Bruce Akizuki, Easter Bonnifield, Jennifer Brouhard, Richard J. Brown, Doug Brugge, Perry Chow, Mildred Deel, Ben Ferris, Sayo Fujioka, Francisco Garcia, Michael Green, Mary Ann Heimann, Alex Hing, Rick Jurgens, Sonny Kim, Alan Kondo, Gary Kozono, Cynthia Mata-Flores, Erik Nelson, Mae Ngai, Frank Ogletree, Nic Paget-Clarke, Catherine Pinal, Elizabeth Preston, Ellen Spears, Leon Sun, Michael Tsukahara, Laraine Wing.

Book talk with Jamala Rogers

518 Valencia St, San Francisco Sunday 7 February 2016, organized by Michelle Foy "Book talk with Jamala Rogers, founder of the St. Louis based Organization for Black Struggle & author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebel".

Jamala will explore the roots of the Ferguson Rebellion and the practical lessons for organizing.
"There is no algorithm, no theory that can predict when human rage reaches its boiling point. I wanted to expose to some and to remind others that there is another side of Ferguson, St. Louis County, USA that exists...if we work together in a respectful & disciplined way, a new Ferguson, St. Louis, & USA, is possible." —Jamala Rogers

Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included Georgia Faye Hirsty, Melanie McCrea, Joe Navarro, Michelle Foy, Cynthia Fong, Gerald Lenoir, Fernando Marti, Lucia Aguilar-Navarro, Joyce Nakamura, Jeremy Gong, Jason Wallach, Andrew Rogge, Lucy Clarke, Colleen FitzSimons, Saima Hashimi, Rachel Rye Butler, Pam Tau Lee, Afomeia Tesfai, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Kari Riesgo Banuelos, Eva Martinez, Justin Tombolesi, Josh Warren-White, Kate Sorensen, Malkia Cyril, Lelia Gomez, Mark Prudowsky, N’Tanya Lee, Marcy Rein, Finley Coyl, Shina Riane, Ken Yamada, Dyan Ruiz, Nancy Wan, Sarah Jarmon, Mark McBeth, Leon Sun, Sabrina Cascos Peterson, Mary Sweeters, Eric See, Dani Gonzalez, Mashael Majid, Susan Weiss, Juan Gamboa, Jr., Amy Sonnie, Felicia Gustin, Mickey Ellinger, Betty Pazmino, Charlie Fredrick, Aimee Molina Cuellar, Becki Ming-Yoke Hom.

Sponsored by: Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad and LeftRoots.[2]

Dakota Access Pipeline protest


The week of September 26, 2016, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance members went on a "Berta Vive" Feminist Delegation to Standing Rock in solidarity with the #NoDAPL struggle to protect the water and land from a destructive pipeline project by the Dakota Access Pipeline. With on the ground leadership from Indigenous Environmental Network, the Berta Vive delegation brought a feminist contingent to make connections between what is happening in Standing Rock to the struggles of women in frontline communities around the world, and to contribute to actions and activities on the ground.

Members participating on the delegation are: Linda Lee, Pam Tau Lee, Thuy Trang, Rachel Vernon, and Leon Sun from Chinese Progressive Association; Cerise Palmanteer from Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Candi Brings Plenty from Portland Jobs with Justice; and Helena Wong, National Organizer for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and World March of Women US Chapter.[3]