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Land is Liberation: Reflections on Session 4 of HEAL’s School of Political Leadership

By Richard Morris Land is Liberation. When I first heard those words from a local Black farmer, I could not have guessed that they would become our North Star, steering Cultivate Charlottesville on a direct path to HEAL’s School of Political Leadership. We had an ambitious plan. In partnership with residents, we want our city […]

Deconstructing Power: Reflecting on Session Three of HEAL’s SoPL

In April, the HEAL Food Alliance brought together our four teams of 14 SoPL leaders for a dynamic session on Power Analysis & Campaign Strategy Development. For this session, we engaged the expertise of HEAL’s Campaigns Director Jose Oliva, who led the group through power mapping exercises and a discussion on deconstructing power to win […]

CoFED is ushering in a QTBILPOC-led future for our food economies

This year marks 10 years since HEAL member CoFED has been working with young people across the country to build knowledge, inspire action and realize our shared dreams for a community controlled food system. CoFED has been a member of HEAL since early 2019, and this month, as we reflect on the fourth plank of […]

Personal Stories to Collective History: Reflecting on Session Two of HEAL’s SoPL

By Elizabeth Esparza, HEAL SoPL Leader & Member of the Good Food Oakland SoPL Team Storytelling was at the heart of the HEAL School of Political Leadership’s Session 2.  Remembering, roots, mother, grandma, connecting, characters, kitchen table, community, culture, vulnerability, emotions, oral history, beads. These are just some of the words that came to mind […]

Looking Forward: HEAL Kicks off Year Three of our School of Political Leadership!

By Marla Karina Larrave, Political Education Director Last July, when we wrapped up a successful 2nd year of our School of Political Leadership, the world as we knew it had changed. Alongside a global pandemic, 2020 made it very clear that the threats of white supremacy and climate chaos would bring to light a massive […]
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HEAL Food Alliance & People’s Action Statements on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, as Secretary of  Agriculture. This is Vilsack’s second time leading the Department of Agriculture (USDA), having done so first from 2009 to 2017 during the Obama administration. In response to Secretary Vilsack’s confirmation, Navina Khanna, Executive Director of HEAL Food Alliance  issued the following statement: “The […]

The HEAL Food Alliance and the Food Chain Workers Alliance join in solidarity with Indian Farmers

The HEAL Food Alliance and Food Chain Workers Alliance together represent over two million farmers, working people, and organizers across the United States who are firmly in solidarity with farmers and agricultural workers in India. We  join the international call demanding that the Indian government listen to the farming communities that have been stewarding the […]
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HEAL Welcomes our 3rd School of Political Leadership Cohort!

Press Release: For Immediate Release Contact: Kara Watkins-Chow, Neshani Jani, 14 BIPOC Leaders Join Political Leadership Cohort to Develop Democratic Food & Farm Programs HEAL Food Alliance School of Political Leadership brings together food and farm justice leaders from across four states to develop blueprint for inclusive, democratic food and agriculture systems  OAKLAND, […]
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