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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, […]

The 2018 BUGS Conference: Shaping the Story of Our Collective Liberation

By Nikki Cole, Membership Engagement and Training Lead A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of sharing space with HEAL co-conspirator and founder Dara Cooper. We were in a somatic training space and we did a practice together called “Hand on Heart.” Basically, this activity involved Dara and I meditating on our personal commitments […]

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 […]

Big News! We’ve Launched a New Campaign to Transform the Food Service Industry

Our New Campaign is Changing the Recipe for Foodservice! For the past year the HEAL Food Alliance and our partners in the Community Coalition for Real Meals have been developing a new campaign to draw much needed attention to one of the largest problems facing our food and farm system today: the concentration of market and political power […]

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 […]

The Third HEAL SoPL: Moving Forward Our Collective Vision & Values

By Jay Conui, Political Leadership Coordinator, HEAL Food Alliance Last month the HEAL School of Political Leadership (SoPL) held our third session in Durham, North Carolina. Durham was a natural fit for us – HEAL has a wealth of members and allies in the state who are engaging in important movement work every day, an […]

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 […]