All posts of HEAL Staff

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The Climate Crisis is here: Frontline communities need your support

In the last month alone, we bore witness to two climate disasters — wildfires burned through over 2 million acres in the West Coast, while Hurricane Ida brought historical levels of flooding to the East Coast, decimating homes and communities. In California, where the fires raged just as harvest season was in full swing, farmworkers […]

Corporate interests are taking over our oceans, but it may not be too late to stop them

Since 1995, the North Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), a fishermen led-organization has been organizing fishermen, crew, fishworkers and allies towards creating policy and market strategies that build healthy fisheries and fishing communities. They advocate for equitable seafood access, fair and dignified working conditions, and fleet diversity, and against the corporate takeover of our oceans — […]

Food Workers are Essential Workers and Deserve to be Safe at Work!

By Jose Oliva, Campaigns Director, HEAL Food Alliance Last month, the HEAL Food Alliance co-organized with workers and safety advocates around the country for a National Day of Action, calling on President Biden to expand COVID-19 safety protections to essential workers across all industries. In early June, the Biden administration issued an Emergency Temporary Standard […]

Five things I learned from HEAL’s SoPL Cohort

By Marlene Manzo, Political Leadership Coordinator I began working with the HEAL Food Alliance as the Political Leadership Coordinator in February 2021. A big part of my job, which I was really excited about, was helping to coordinate the School of Political Leadership (SoPL)! The 2021 cohort is my first example of what the SoPL […]

Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Congress Passed Aid for Farmers of Color. Now, we need follow through.

For immediate release: June 17 2021 Contact: Kara Watkins-Chow, kara.watkinschow@berlinrosen.com Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Congress Passed Aid for Farmers of Color. Now, we need follow through. Statement by the HEAL Food Alliance & Members & Allies (June 17, 2021) Last week, a federal judge in Wisconsin issued a temporary restraining order preventing the United States […]

Deconstructing Power: Reflecting on Session Three of HEAL’s SoPL

In April, the HEAL Food Alliance brought together our four teams of 14 SoPL leaders for a dynamic session on Power Analysis & Campaign Strategy Development. For this session, we engaged the expertise of HEAL’s Campaigns Director Jose Oliva, who led the group through power mapping exercises and a discussion on deconstructing power to win […]

A short primer on cooperative economies, mutual aid and food justice

Today, cooperatives(coops) may be viewed as an alternate or unconventional way of running a business but coops are not a marginal phenomenon. Coops — whether worker co-ops, consumer co-ops or producer coops — have long been a way for under-resourced communities to come together, and pool knowledge and resources to provide essential services for themselves […]