3rd Annual HEAL Summit & 10th Annual FCWA Summit

May 22-25, 2019  |  Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town  |  Albuquerque, New Mexico
The HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor) Food Alliance and Food Chain Workers Alliance are excited to host our joint summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2019! 
May 22, 23, 24, 25 2019 

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


Hotel Information

The Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 505-843-6300 Check in: 3:00 pm / Check out: 12:00pm 

Getting To the Hotel
The Hotel Albuquerque is 8 miles from the Albuquerque International Airport (Sunport). The Hotel does not provide a shuttle. Attendees should take a taxi, rideshare, or ABQ Ride bus to reach the hotel. More information on ground transportation can be found on the Sunport website.

Financial support

HEAL may be able to provide modest financial support for travel and lodging for those affiliated with organizations that are unable to pay for travel. If you have requested financial support and have not heard from HEAL's  Events and Logistics Coordinator Laurence Jones, please email him asap.

*Due to budget constraints, we are prioritizing financial aid requests for individuals who would like to attend the Summit, but find that cost is a prohibitive factor.  


Please contact Laurence with any travel related questions at Laurence@Healfoodalliance.org.


Travel & Location

Where is the Summit?
The Summit will take place at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, in Albuquerque, New Mexico (800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104) 
Where should I stay?
HEAL has blocked off rooms at a discounted group rate for HEAL Summit participants at the Hotel Albuquerque
How do I get to and from the airport and hotel?
The Hotel Albuquerque is 8 miles from the Albuquerque International Airport (Sunport). The Hotel does not provide a shuttle. Attendees should take a taxi, rideshare, or ABQ Ride bus to reach the hotel.

More information on ground transportation can be found on the Sunport website
I am driving to the conference. Is there parking for me at the hotel?
Yes! The Hotel Albuquerque provides ample complimentary on-site parking.
What time will the Summit end?
HEAL's member meeting will conclude at 1pm on Friday, May 24th. Field trips will follow.

What to Pack

What should I bring?
Feel free to look fly, but please dress comfortably for this Summit. The weather in Albuquerque will be around 70-80!

Please also bring any visual art, banners, or an object that represents your work and organization that we can put up in the shared space during the summit. And, if you have any seeds you want to share, please bring them for the seed exchange!

We'll be sending you a template to fill out in advance for our Opening Gallery Walk/Poster Session on Wednesday evening. Please fill that out before you arrive, and bring it with you!


Are meals included during the Summit?
HEAL will be providing the following meals:
Wednesday, May 22 - Dinner
Thursday, May 23  - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (off-site)
Friday, May 24 - Breakfast and Lunch
Saturday, May 25 - Lunch (for FCWA members only) 

If you haven't let us know of your dietary needs, please let us know!

Leisure and Exploring

I want to stay healthy and unwind! Where can I do that?
Hotel Albuquerque has a complementary pool and fitness center for guests to use.
What can I do on my downtime?
Hotel Albuquerque is in the heart of Old Town within walking distance of seven museums, botanical gardens, the aquarium and 100+ shops and galleries.


  • day 1, may 22
  • Day 2, may 23
  • day 3, may 24
Time Session Room
8 am Breakfast 
Alvarado F Room
9 am - 4 pm Registration  South Atrium Room
9:30 -11:30 am  Pre-Summit Meetings for Campaigns & Projects in Process

Real Meals Campaign 
This national campaign is led by a coalition of HEAL members to win commitments from the three biggest food service providers (Aramark, Sodexo, and CompassGroup) around animal welfare, carbon reduction, fair labor practices, and racial justice.

Good Food Communities 
This initiative builds on the success of the Good Food Purchasing Program by ensuring a racial justice framework to the passage of policies in municipalities across the country. All are welcome to attend and learn more.

Racial Awareness, Care, and Engagement (RACE) 
This is a group of self-identified white leaders from majority white organizations who meet monthly to delve into anti-racist practices. We encourage all self-identified white folks who are new to HEAL to join this session. 

Alvarado F Room

Alvarado G Room

 Alvarado H Room

12 pm Lunch 
1:30 - 3:30 pm Member-led Workshops - These are workshops created by members, for members

  1. PopUp Activation: Planning To The People
Shreya Shankar, HOPE Collaborative

This workshop showcases an emerging paradigm of community engagement and food access: PopUps! HOPE has been doing PopUp Taste Tests at corner stores in Oakland for years, and has begun leading PopUp-style neighborhood design charrettes and asset mapping efforts, to infuse conventional, ineffective community engagement efforts with new life. The workshop will consist of a short presentation, a Built Environment activity with blocks simulating neighborhood planning, and a mini PopUp design charrette encouraging participants to apply the strategy to their own issue areas and activities.   
Franciscan Room
  2. Building And Strengthening Our Networks Through Agroecology Encuentros
Kassandra Hishida, Community Alliance for Agroecology & Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Agroecology Organizing Project

Encuentros (encounters between members of various social movement groups and sectors) have been taking place across North America since 2015, through groups like Farmworkers Association of Florida, CATA, and members of La Via Campesina North America. The two presenters of this workshop have been personally involved in organizing a series of encuentros taking place in the Western Region of the United States, organized in part through the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) and HEAL member Community Alliance for Agroecology. We have embraced agroecology encuentros as a space to gather with farmers and food sovereignty advocates to build community as we exchange and lift up organizing strategies/efforts, agroecological farming practices, and cultural & spiritual practices rooted in communities from across our region. We are currently planning a series of similar cross-regional gatherings that will build off of one another and weave together national networks like HEAL and the USFSA. In this discussion, we would like to share about what these encuentros can offer us, how we can organize them, and how they might be integrated into HEAL's existing work. We would also be interested to learn from others engaging in similar models and facilitate dialogue around how these processes can/do support translocal organizing across HEAL's membership. 
Alvarado G Room
  3. What To Do If ICE Comes To Your Workplace/Community
Gabriel Morales, Brandworkers International

Devastating ICE audits are on the increase, and without significant preparation and connection with resources, worker centers will see members suffer great harm and miss out on the chance to participate in an affirmative movement for immigrant safety.   
Alvarado H Room
  4. Direct Action in the Food Chain, Forrest Arnold, Burgerville Workers Union (Cancelled)   
  5. Reparations, Or Else...
Paul Jackson & Dara Cooper, National Black Food & Justice Alliance

Visioning a multi-front campaign for land reparations, analyzing the shape of power and anti-Blackness in the global system of White monopoly capitalism, challenging money capitalism with a centering of land, re-invigorating true solidarity movement building, and confronting the tensions between various forms of principled struggle, eg electoral advocacy, direct action (i.e. armed struggle, occupation, squatter movements), legal ingenuity (i.e. CLT vs. 'indigenous' land claims), and confronting the fundamental White Supremacy of ambivalence or ambiguity about reparations and the material transfer of wealth back to first-nations and displaced African peoples, both on a collective/systemic level and a personal level (all White people must put land into Black/Brown-led land trusts immediately, without equivocation).
Tablao Room
  6. Tools Of Change: CBPR, Popular Education, Agroecology, And Policy Change At The Farmworker Association Of Florida
Antonio Tovar-Aquilar, Farmworker Association of Florida

The FWAF (incorporated in 1986) has conducted community-based participatory research (CBPR) for 20 years, we learn that science by itself was not useful to us since we had negative experiences in which researchers were more interested in advancing their careers than helping the communities while CBPR make the community owners of the research. Popular education is a method the FWAF has used for a long time and that with the incorporation of our scientific results inform our health and safety training, as well as our agroecology project. Agroecology is a new term of an ancestral practice: sovereign production of food using traditional farm practices. Our studies have shown that industrial agriculture is dangerous, oppressive, and destructive. One way to improve farming practices is by changing policies. The FWAF is currently working on passing a heat stress prevention bill in the local legislation. We believe this is a small step with larger repercussions because of the recognition that climate change is real, that farm workers deserve recognition and protection, and that it is possible to promote science-based laws from the bottom up.
QBar Gallery
  7. DreamSpace For A Cooperative Economy
Maya Corinne, Suparna Kedesia, & Hnin Hnin, CoFED

As we begin to tuck capitalism into its eternal slumber, we invite you to co-imagine with us in this DreamSpace. As workers and folx who are working towards regeneration and liberation, we ask questions such as: How do we shift from being islands in a machine, to Be-ing fully-invested, sourced worker-owners within a vibrant cooperative food economy? How do we, as workers, start co-ops? In this playshop, we’ll look at capitalism and racism working in tandem in food systems, explore some definitions around power, personal anti-oppression work, cooperative practice, and centering values within a workspace designed to sustain community. We’ll draw on co-op examples for process and tools, then do a few exercises to imagine what a coop food economy looks like. We hope you can walk away with a collective imagination and dreams to begin and sustain your cooperative journey.
Alvarado F Rom
3:30-4 pm Orientation for Food Chain Workers Alliance Members  Alvarado H Room
4:30 pm Gallery Walk - Get to know the work of other HEAL members!

At registration, you’ll receive a full-size version of this template to complete on behalf of your organization.

Please fill in the prompts in advance. (See image below)
Franciscan Room
5:30 pm Culture Setting & Welcome!

During this session, we’ll root into the culture, framework, and logistics for our time together.

Please bring: an object that represents your work for our community altar, and any seeds you’d like to exchange.
Franciscan Room
6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner Franciscan Room
Time Session Room
8 am Breakfast Alvarado D Room
9:30 am Collective Circle
Collective Strategy Session
Franciscan Room
10 am Where We’ve Been: HEAL’s Story & Theory of Change + Report Backs
Report-Backs from HEAL Work Areas - Real Meals Campaign, Good Food Communities, the RACE group, and our School of Political Leadership
Franciscan Room
11 am Where We’re Going: Mapping our Three Year Plan
Our communities have been under attack for hundreds of years, and the recent IPCC report tells us that maintaining the status quo of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy will lead to mass extinction in the next 12. We believe that HEAL has the potential to make significant change, so what are we going to do together in the next three years to build our collective power while making radical transformation?

Small groups will dive into planning around one of the following core areas of HEAL’s work:
- Supporting & Nurturing Emerging Member-Led Campaigns   
- Connecting and Uniting Groups-Movement Building
- Organizing Funders for a BIPOC-led Grassroots Movement for Food Systems Change
- Political Development of HEAL Membership
- Shifting the Narrative for the Change We Want 
Franciscan Room/Breakout Rooms
12:30 pm Lunch Pavilion
1:45 pm Where We’re Going
Mapping our three year plan, continued
Franciscan Room
3:30 pm Open Space Discussion/Workshops (based on emergent discussions at the Summit) Franciscan Room/Breakout Rooms
5:30 pm Transfer to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center  Meet at the hotel lobby
6 pm Dinner and Local Leaders Panel at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Built on 11 acres of land deeded to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is home to a Resilience Garden, a cafe, and a museum. We’ll have access to visit the museum, enjoy a good dinner together, and hear from local leaders doing amazing work. NOTE: This event is open to guests who are not registered for HEAL’s Summit. If you’d like to invite your local comrades to join us for an inclusive dinner and museum visit for $25, please reach out to Laurence (laurence@healfoodalliance.org) to arrange accommodations.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
9 pm Return to Hotel Albuquerque   
Time Session Room
8 am Breakfast
Franciscan Room
9 am
Affirming and Confirming our Work
We’ll map the plans developed in our small group discussions to a three year timeline aligned with our vision for change. 
Franciscan Room
11 - 11:15 am Collective Closing
Closing Circle 
Franciscan Room
11:30 am - 1:00 pm HEAL Member Meeting
All are welcome to attend, but only HEAL member organizations will vote on decisions about governance, budget and priorities. 
Franciscan Room
1:00 pm   Box lunch provided Franciscan Room
1:30 Food Chain Workers Alliance Members transition to FCWA member meeting Meet at hotel lobby
1:30 Transfer to Site Visits
We’ll be visiting two sites - Three Sisters Kitchen and Agricultura Cooperativa. Three Sisters is a commercial kitchen site and cafe that incubates local producers. Agricultura Cooperativa is a farmer-member cooperative that aggregates produce for sale at schools, clinics, markets, and more. We’ll also visit their on-farm training site, and it’s likely that they’ll put us to work! (So bring your farm shoes.) 
Meet at hotel lobby
6:30 pm Dinner offsite for those on site visits Los Jardines Farm

Gallery Walk Prompts