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HEAL Welcomes our 3rd School of Political Leadership Cohort!

Press Release: For Immediate Release Contact: Kara Watkins-Chow, Neshani Jani, 14 BIPOC Leaders Join Political Leadership Cohort to Develop Democratic Food & Farm Programs HEAL Food Alliance School of Political Leadership brings together food and farm justice leaders from across four states to develop blueprint for inclusive, democratic food and agriculture systems  OAKLAND, […]

HEAL Food Alliance Announces Second School of Political Leadership (SoPL) Cohort 

Press Release: For Immediate Release Contact: Neshani Jani,, (510) 974-3771 HEAL Food Alliance Announces Second School of Political Leadership (SoPL) Cohort  Meet the 2019-2020 SoPL leaders working to transform our food and farm systems  OAKLAND, CA – November 7th, 2019 – Today the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance announced the second cohort […]

Reflections from the Final Session of HEAL’s SoPL in Paso Del Norte

By Nikki M.G. Cole, HEAL Membership Engagement & Training Lead I’m going to be honest – As a Black educated, progressive Washingtonian with many Latinx friends and allies in the movement – I thought I knew. I thought I knew about the struggle of immigrants, but I really didn’t. At least, not until I went […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The First HEAL SoPL: Exploring Possibilities for Real Political Leadership

By Jay Conui, Political Leadership Coordinator On January 26-28, HEAL launched its first session of the School of Political Leadership (SoPL) where 10 exceptional leaders from across the country gathered together to share, study and sketch out policies and solutions that will transform how our food and farm systems function. This first session comes at […]
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