All posts of Zeenab Aneez

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 […]

HOPE Collaborative is Bringing Food and Community to Oakland’s Residents

HEAL Member HOPE Collaborative was founded in 2011 when a group of folks from the Alameda County Public Health department and Oakland, CA residents came together to advocate for better food systems in the city. Today, they’re integral to the planning, decision-making and implementation of local food policy initiatives in Oakland, including the Good Food […]

CoFED is ushering in a QTBILPOC-led future for our food economies

This year marks 10 years since HEAL member CoFED has been working with young people across the country to build knowledge, inspire action and realize our shared dreams for a community controlled food system. CoFED has been a member of HEAL since early 2019, and this month, as we reflect on the fourth plank of […]

A decade of growing food, sharing knowledge and nurturing food ecosystems in Paso Del Norte

The second plank of our Platform for Real Food calls for Opportunity for All Producers. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance small-scale, community-centered producers in providing nutritious and culturally appropriate food to all communities. Here’s how the leadership and staff of La Semilla Food Center in Anthony, New Mexico has been adapting and […]

Department of Labor Heads Scalia and Sweatt Must Resign!

Under their leadership, OSHA has failed at its core mission of keeping workers safe on their job The HEAL Food Alliance and over twenty-five local, state, and national organizations representing food and farm workers have come together to demand the resignations of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt, […]
Farmworker Association of Florida Community Garden

Organizing Farmworkers in the Sunshine State: Farmworker Association of Florida

The first plank of our Platform for Real Food calls for dignity for all food workers and their families. The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF), a HEAL member organization, is building power among farmworkers, in particular those from Latinx, Indigenous and Haitian communities, and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the […]

An Open Letter from BIPOC Leaders in Food & Agriculture to Food Systems Funders

It’s time for food systems funders to center racial equity and justice, and Black, indigenous and people of color communities in their practices. July 10, 2020 Dear Food Systems Funders, We write to you as Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) leaders in food and agriculture who work with hundreds of grassroots communities across […]