Jan 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Haleh Zandi
Mass incarceration
Haleh Zandi is a mother, land-based activist, co-founder, and co-director at Planting Justice. For the past 10 years, she has been organizing across prison walls to support people impacted by mass incarceration as they return home to the community. Haleh’s approach towards food sovereignty draws critical connections between the United States’ dependence upon fossil fuels within the modern colonial food system and the unjust U.S. militarization of the Middle East. Prior to founding Planting Justice, Haleh worked as a Canvasser for Peace Action West in Berkeley and as an intern with the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland. She received her BA at UC Santa Cruz and an MA at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Haleh is of Persian and Norwegian heritage, and as a settler in the occupied territories of the Ohlone people, she is committed to honoring their leadership and rights to this land.