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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 […]
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HEAL Food Alliance Statement on Congressional Investigation into COVID and the Meatpacking Industry

May 19, 2022 A recent congressional investigation has revealed that Trump Administration officials collaborated with the meatpacking industry to downplay the threat of COVID-19 to plant workers and block public health measures which could have saved lives. In response to the investigation’s findings, Navina Khanna, Executive Director of HEAL Food Alliance issued the following statement: […]

The Importance of Building Relationships in Organizing Work: Reflections on SoPL Session 4

By Felix Ortiz , Community Health Navigator, and Nicholas Domberg, Worker Protection Organizer for Warehouse Workers for Justice and members of the Illinois Food Alliance SoPL team. The Illinois Food Alliance team is made up of organizers at Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), a worker center fighting for good living-wage jobs in Illinois’ warehouse and […]

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 […]

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. […]

9 Farmworker Organizations to Support on this Cesar Chavez Day

By Zeenab Aneez, Communications Manager, HEAL Food Alliance We’re coming to the end of National Farmworker Awareness Week 2022 but cultivating food is a year round practice. Farm workers were out in the fields through the pandemic, and will continue to grow and harvest the food we all eat through extreme weather events and political […]

Meet the 2022 HEAL School of Political Leadership (SoPL) Cohort!

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2022 Contact: Alicia Mercedes,; Neshani Jani, 12 Leaders Join Majority BIPOC Political Leadership Cohort to Develop Food and Farm Justice Campaigns HEAL Food Alliance’s School of Political Leadership brings together food and farm justice leaders from across the country to develop a blueprint for inclusive, community-based food and […]
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