Archives of Community Organizing

Our 2018 End of Year Report

2018 was a big year for HEAL! We had big dreams going into 2018. And with your help, we leaped into action, organizing the #RealMeals campaign and successfully running the first year of our HEAL School of Political Leadership (SoPL). Our dream team of over 50 member organizations welcomed four new organizations into our Alliance, […]

Creating a community-based political approach: How my HEAL School of Political Leadership experience is shaking up Central Valley organizing!

By Angel Garcia, Tulare County Community Organizer, Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (and member of the first SoPL cohort!) Part 1: Central Valley Livin’ I want to start off by asking you to imagine living in hot, swamp cooler-running, chemical-smelling, high-revving pesticide spraying machinery summer days. Well, no need to use […]

HEAL & FCWA Joint Statement: We Declare Solidarity with the 2018 Prison Strike

The HEAL Food Alliance and Food Chain Workers Alliance declare solidarity with the 2018 prison strike. Yesterday, prisoners across the United States launched a nation-wide strike demanding an end to prison slavery, poor living conditions, and death by incarceration. The strike began on the death anniversary of George Jackson, a former Black Panther and a leading voice of […]

Celebrating a GFPP win for Chicago Communities and Workers

By Christina Spach, National Good Food Purchasing Campaign Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance On May 16th, Commissioners in Cook County, Illinois — the nation’s second largest county –adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP). This win in Cook County comes on the heels of last year’s adoption of the program by the Chicago Public Schools (June), […]

This is How We Celebrate the Power of Workers on #MayDay

By Jose Oliva, Co Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance Workers took to the streets on May 1st to demand better wages and working conditions, as part of global actions marking International Workers’ Day. Here in the US folks working across the food system led many of the protests, rallies and demonstrations. And they […]

Radical Transformation is Possible! Let’s Talk About the 2nd Annual HEAL Summit

By Nikki Lewis, Membership Engagement and Training Lead Greetings HEAL members and allies! My name is Nikki Lewis and I am the new Membership Engagement and Training Lead for the HEAL Food Alliance. I came to HEAL after 10 years of organizing restaurant workers and cross-sector coalitions to improve working conditions and wages for DC, Maryland, and […]

Our 2017 End of Year Report

Together We Made This Happen!   Politically, socially, and emotionally, 2017 has been a turbulent year for those of us committed to food, farm, and social justice. For all of us here at the HEAL Food Alliance, it’s also been an incredible year of birth, growth, and evolution. None of this would be possible without the […]

HEAL’s Statement on the DACA Recision

Today the Trump administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which for over five years has protected nearly 800,000 immigrant youth (DREAMers) and supported them to pursue their potential, and contribute fully to their families, communities, and nation. Navina Khanna, Director of the HEAL Food Alliance issued the following […]

A Word from HEAL’s Director: Building Power with NWAWJC

By Navina Khanna, Director, HEAL Food Alliance A few weeks ago, I visited northwest Arkansas. Humid, lush, and green, it’s not immediately apparent that this land is home to the headquarters of corporate giants Tyson and Walmart. But Springdale also boasts the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center (NWAWJC), which is organizing to build power with low-wage […]