Vegan Chews & Progressive News {10-3-14}

Farmers Market Vegan’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which prove necessary in fostering a society that prioritizes the well-being of all creatures (not just the rich or the human) over the continuous striving for profit/resource accumulation.

Get yer weekly dose of Vegan Chews and Progressive News (# NewsandChews) here on FMV! I’ve abbreviated my commentary on each featured recipe and story today, since I’ve got my hands full with a campus screening of Maximum Tolerated Dose, courtesy of the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC). But! The content this week essentially speaks for itself, whether it be a hearty and very green burger, a simple yet refined dinner plate, the harmful reality of the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing strategy, two lesser known yet fully phenomenal animal sanctuaries, progressive discourse on the links between climate and class, and a collection of powerful Palestinian short stories. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Broccoli Burgers
via Vegan Yumminess

Photo via Vegan Yumminess.

Photo via Vegan Yumminess.

Chock full of walnuts, brown rice, and enough wheat gluten to provide a satisfyingly dense texture, this burger is sure to nourish both tastebuds and body, especially when you throw in a generous helping of cruciferous goodness.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Steamed Squash and Baby Bok Choy with Ginger-Sesame Sauce
adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen

squash & bok choy with ginger-sesame dressing

Who knew that the clean flavors of steamed butternut squash and baby bok choy drizzled with a ginger-sesame dressing could offer such a fulfilling meal? Served with some tofu-packed miso soup, this dish proves surprisingly comforting, especially on a cold, gloomy day.

Must-Read News Story

Policing for Wealth
via Aaron Cantú at Truthout

Photo via JR/TO.

Photo via JR/TO.

In case you didn’t harbor enough contempt for the NYPD, the truth behind broken windows policing arrives to remind us all of the criminal “justice” system’s close friendship with white supremacy.

Supporting Less Famous Animal Sanctuaries: A Spotlight On VINE And Peaceful Prairie
via Sarah E. Brown at Queer Vegan Food

Photo via Sarah E. Brown.

Photo via Sarah E. Brown.

While the NYPD certainly sucks the joy out of any occasion, the two sanctuaries that one of my favorite fellow animal activists Sarah E. Brown highlighted this week on her blog Queer Vegan Food never fail to reignite the hopeful fire inside my belly. VINE and Peaceful Prairie do incredible work, both for their non-human residents and for the larger animal rights movement. Get to know them and prepare to be amazed.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Belabored Podcast #61: When Climate and Labor Converge (Live!), with Nastaran Mohit and Lara Skinner
via Dissent Magazine

Photo via Dissent Magazine.

Photo via Dissent Magazine.

The two women who host the Belabored podcast – Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen – comprise powerful voices in the world of workers’ rights, labor equality, and economic justice. Here, they combine their insights on labor with the fight for climate justice by welcoming two activists and scholars onto their podcast.

Book Recommendation

Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories
by Ghassan Kanafani

Photo via

Photo via

For my Subaltern Politics course at Vassar, we’ve been reading this collection of beautifully haunting short stories from Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani not with the goal of analyzing the experiences of Kanafani’s Palestinian subjects, but in order to reflect upon our own relationships with marginalized peoples around the world in a greater effort to confront the hegemonic systems that shape our dominating views of The Other. Not easy work, let me tell you, but work that I believe to be absolutely necessary.

In solidarity, Ali.

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