Press Statement:
The HEAL Food Alliance Condemns Recent Events at Charlottesville

OAKLAND, CA (August 14, 2017) - The HEAL Food Alliance firmly condemns the racist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Below is a statement from HEAL's Director, Navina Khanna.

"This weekend, racist right-wing white nationalists and neo-nazi terrorists took to the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, armed with torches and guns, spouting white supremacist rhetoric. They murdered a young woman, Heather Heyer, and injured dozens more people who stood together to confront this vicious bigotry.

The HEAL (Health, Environment Agriculture & Labor) Food Alliance firmly condemns this racist violence. We understand that the violence we are all witnessing now is not new; it is rooted in a long history of oppression and the dehumanization of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community. Our resistance is not new either: we stand together as a multi-racial, multi-sector coalition knowing that our collective liberation depends on our unity in struggle and our continued resistance.

We are the majority. We mourn the dead and will continue to fight for the living. We encourage all of our members and allies to keep resisting. We cannot and will not be defined by white supremacy or hate."                

About the HEAL Food Alliance
HEAL is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food and farm systems. We are led by our member-organizations, and strive to amplify the experience and expertise of frontline communities who are most burdened by the disparities of our current systems. Together, we are developing solutions to drive change.

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