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Advocacy & Action: Reflections on our Final SoPL Session!

By Mina Seck, Community Food Manager, SPROUT NOLA, and Member of the “A Greener New Orleans” SoPL team I’m extremely lucky to be a part of the A Greener New Orleans campaign, a coalition of growers, food access advocates, policy advisors, and community members who are advocating for a policy platform in New Orleans that […]

There is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us: Reflections on Messaging through SoPL

By Caitlin Stuart, Community Engagement & Navigator Manager, Nourish Colorado and Member of the Nourish Colorado SoPL team Our team, Nourish Colorado, joined HEAL’s School of Political Leadership (SoPL) as four women from vastly different backgrounds passionate about food justice and access on the Healthy Food Incentives team at our work, also called Nourish Colorado. […]

12 Grassroots Leaders Join Political Leadership Cohort to Develop Food and Farm Advocacy Campaigns

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2023 Contact: Shane Tan (; Neshani Jani ( 12 Grassroots Leaders Join Political Leadership Cohort to Develop Food and Farm Advocacy Campaigns HEAL Food Alliance’s School of Political Leadership provides grassroots leaders across the food justice movement a campaign incubator and movement-building support. NATIONAL (February 22, 2023) — Today, the […]

SoPL is Timely and Necessary: Reflections on Session 6

By Marlene Manzo, Political Leadership Coordinator, HEAL Food Alliance Twelve people joined us for the School of Political Leadership this year. In January, I was filled with anticipation and excitement of what this cohort would be like. Unsurprisingly, we had the pleasure of working with twelve loving and passionate food and farming leaders. Twelve people […]

Campaigns and Comms! Reflections on SoPL Session 5

By Bea Fry, Development Steward, and & Jazmin Martinez, Co-Operations Steward  (Advocates for Urban Agriculture) and members of the Together Honoring Earth’s Mycelia (T.H.E.M.) SoPL team Together Honoring Earth’s Mycelia (T.H.E.M) joined the School of Political Leadership (SoPL) as a team of four: Bea, Jazmin, Ren, & Viviana after undergoing – and still actively in […]

Urban Tilth Has Big Dreams for Community Health: Reflections on SoPL Session 3

By Marco Lemus, Food is Medicine Project Manager at Urban Tilth and member of the SoPL “Rooted in Richmond Food Justice” team Last month, the HEAL Food Alliance brought together our School of Political Leadership (SoPL) cohort for a dynamic session on Power Analysis & Campaign Strategy Development facilitated by HEAL’s Campaigns Director Jose Oliva. […]
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