Climate Resistance: HEAL’s Summer Update

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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 response, HEAL members have been building movements of resistance and healing: pushing for bold climate and agriculture policy, greater worker protections, and fighting for debt relief for Black and Indigenous farmers of color, among so much more!

Movements of resistance require community care— our members are also actively caring and nourishing their communities with mutual aid. Check out our summer update to learn how you can join us in healing and take action.

ICYMI— did you notice the stinging nettle*? The HEAL newsletter has a new look this season— each newsletter will feature a medicinal plant as part of our Alliance’s ‘recipe’ for resistance and healing! Scroll down to learn more about stinging nettle.

Jamaican Sorrel (Chicha de Saril) 🌺

Celize Christy, our new Organizer at HEAL shares a recipe for Sorrel / Saril – a Panamanian holiday drink made with hibiscus flowers and spices Celize learned how to make with her parents.

“Sorrel is one of the many Hibiscus teas and drinks found in recipes across the Caribbean and Latin America.  As a person of African descent, who is bilingual, with ethnic roots in Latin America and the West Indies, and a child of immigrants, Sorrel / Saril speaks to my soul – it reminds me of family, home and of the complexity of my Blackness.”

Check out this recipe and story from NPR to learn more about the history of Jamaican Sorrel.

Apply to the Young Black Climate Leaders Youth Futures Fund! The fund is accepting applications to support young Black leaders in their community work on social justice, climate, and their intersections. 

Support reforestation in Oaxaca’s Mixteca region!  To replenish the decimation of the rich, biodiverse forests in Mixteca, HEAL SoPL alum Neftalí Duran, his family and community are leading a critical reforestation project in the region. Donate to Proyecto Rosenda >>

Thanks to your donations, HEAL distributed $52K to eight organizations bringing critical care to their communities through our Rapid Response Fund!

Black Farmer Fund


Community Food Strategies

Cultivate Charlottesville

Illinois Food Justice Alliance

Food Empowerment Project

Frontline Farming

Healthcare Without Harm

La Semilla 

Kitchen Table Advisors


North Carolina Farmworker Advocacy Network 

Public Justice

Sioux Chef

Urban Growers Collective

Urban Tilth

Warehouse Workers for Justice

**Stinging nettle is a herbaceous shrub which blooms in the late summer to early fall, that is a common ingredient in food, teas, and tinctures. When touched, nettle agitates and burns the skin. But also nourishes, heals, and brings balance.