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Together We Thrive: HEAL’s 2022 Rapid Response Fund Impact Report

 Download HEAL’s 2022 Rapid Response Fund Impact Report   In the chaos of 2020, HEAL piloted a Rapid Response Fund, knowing that our members were directing resources towards urgent needs in their communities. In that first year, HEAL raised and distributed $40,000 across 10 member organizations. At the end of 2021 we did it again, […]

Applications are open for HEAL’s School of Political Leadership!

The HEAL Food Alliance is excited to announce that applications are open for the 2023 cohort of HEAL’s School of Political Leadership (SoPL)! Now in its 5th year, SoPL is a six-month long, virtual leadership program that equips frontline, majority Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color leaders working to create more democratic food and […]
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Climate Resistance: HEAL’s Summer Update

Welcome to the HEAL Food Alliance quarterly newsletter! To stay up to date on what’s happening in the food and farm justice movement, subscribe now » August 2022 We’ve witnessed the urgency of the climate crisis firsthand this summer— from the wildfires in California and western water crisis, to heat stress burdening working people. In […]

Farmers: have you faced bank discrimination? We want to hear from you!

Are you a farmer that has experienced discrimination while trying to get a loan from a bank? Do you have a story to share?  Help us end discrimination in agricultural lending by sharing your story. We are looking for both written and verbal stories, and you can remain anonymous if you choose. The HEAL Food […]

HEAL Food Alliance grants $52K to organizations on the frontlines of the fight for food justice

Press Release: For Immediate Release Contact: Neshani Jani, HEAL Food Alliance grants $52K to organizations on the frontlines of the fight for food justice Oakland, CA – As the pandemic, global calamities, inflation, and climate chaos continue to threaten food security, our environment, and working people’s safety – especially in communities of color – […]

Interdependence & Solidarity: HEAL’s Statement on the Recent SCOTUS Decisions

By Navina Khanna, Executive Director, HEAL Food Alliance The slew of recent SCOTUS decisions – that grant more rights to guns than people with uteri, that exempt power plants from regulation, strip tribal Nations of their sovereignty, and protect police over people – are a sobering reminder that the systems that govern us were never […]

Food Justice is Land Justice

A legacy of stolen land and stolen labor The history of agriculture in the US is one of colonization and enslavement, followed by a long history of denying land rights to Black and Indigenous people, and later to other People of Color. Between 1784 and 1887, 1.5 billion acres of land was stolen from indigenous people—through […]

Our food is grown and gathered by a variety of people in a variety of ways

The second plank of HEAL’s Platform for Real Food calls for the creation of a farming system that makes it possible for everyone to grow, raise, catch, hunt and forage for healthful food in ways that are environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate for themselves and their communities. This includes: Independent farmers and ranchers, especially those […]

SoPL is Timely and Necessary: Reflections on Session 6

By Marlene Manzo, Political Leadership Coordinator, HEAL Food Alliance Twelve people joined us for the School of Political Leadership this year. In January, I was filled with anticipation and excitement of what this cohort would be like. Unsurprisingly, we had the pleasure of working with twelve loving and passionate food and farming leaders. Twelve people […]

Raising grassroots voices to take on corporate factory farms

Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a Minnesota-based grassroots organization that is committed to breaking down power and consolidation in the food farming system while supporting small and medium farmers to build viable, values-based farming and ranching operations. They do this by organizing local campaigns, advocating for better policy on local, regional and federal levels and […]