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HEAL Releases New School of Political Leadership Alumni Report

When we first conceived of HEAL, we recognized the enormity of the task ahead: our current food and agriculture systems are controlled by a handful of powerful corporations whose ethos of extraction and exploitation is rooted in a history of chattel slavery and genocide. By design, the very laws that established the United States excluded […]

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 […]

Moving Forward, Looking Back: HEAL’s 2022 Year in Review

 Download HEAL’s 2022 Year in Review The principle of “moving forward, looking back” is embodied in the Akan concept of “Sankofa”. Symbolized by a bird who is walking one way as its head and neck are turned backwards, Sankofa is relevant to our current moment.  This year, HEAL turned 5! As we move forward, we […]
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Together We Thrive: HEAL’s 2022 Rapid Response Fund Impact Report

 Download HEAL’s 2022 Rapid Response Fund Impact Report   In the chaos of 2020, HEAL piloted a Rapid Response Fund, knowing that our members were directing resources towards urgent needs in their communities. In that first year, HEAL raised and distributed $40,000 across 10 member organizations. At the end of 2021 we did it again, […]
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Climate Resistance: HEAL’s Summer Update

Welcome to the HEAL Food Alliance quarterly newsletter! To stay up to date on what’s happening in the food and farm justice movement, subscribe now » August 2022 We’ve witnessed the urgency of the climate crisis firsthand this summer— from the wildfires in California and western water crisis, to heat stress burdening working people. In […]

Farmers: have you faced bank discrimination? We want to hear from you!

Are you a farmer that has experienced discrimination while trying to get a loan from a bank? Do you have a story to share?  Help us end discrimination in agricultural lending by sharing your story. We are looking for both written and verbal stories, and you can remain anonymous if you choose. The HEAL Food […]

Interdependence & Solidarity: HEAL’s Statement on the Recent SCOTUS Decisions

By Navina Khanna, Executive Director, HEAL Food Alliance The slew of recent SCOTUS decisions – that grant more rights to guns than people with uteri, that exempt power plants from regulation, strip tribal Nations of their sovereignty, and protect police over people – are a sobering reminder that the systems that govern us were never […]

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 […]

4 Ways to Disrupt the Status Quo this International Workers Day

As the largest source of employment in the United States, our food system can and should center the health, safety and economic well-being of us all — especially the 21.5 million working people that cultivate, process, distribute, cook and serve our food. Unfortunately, alongside being the biggest, this system is also the most exploitative. Over […]