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, white, or human) over the continuous striving for profit/resource accumulation.
Hello and welcome to another edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! I’m particularly excited about this installment, and for good reason considering its emphasis on two colorful, flavor-packed recipes, stories related to the continuing saga of U.S. white supremacy as manifested in police-community relations, a super helpful and relevant video for anyone interested in doing intersectional work, and a groundbreaking campaign by one of my favorite anti-speciesist organizations. Happy Friday!
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Via Blue Ridge Babe
After experiencing undoubtedly the gooiest, heartiest, most scrumptious plate of nachos in my lifetime at The Chicago Diner last weekend, the combination of cheesy, softened tortilla chips, creamy black beans, and spicy jalapenos still peppers my dreams (HA! Peppers? Get it? Because jalapenos are…aww, nevermind.) Anywho, I’d love to dig into a plate of this nooch-filled casserole right about now.
Best Recipe I Made This Week
Roasted Carrot, Chickpea, & Harissa Dip
Via The First Mess
Leave it to Laura’s culinary genius to create this complexly flavored, creamy dip. The combination of succulent roasted carrots and Moroccan-style spices brightened with lemon juice and tomato paste proves delightful eaten on crackers, toast, or the back of a spoon.
Must-Read News Story
This week has brought two news stories that I’d like to highlight today, both of which have a number of articles to accompany them.
The first story involves the NYPD’s work stoppage in protest of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s creation of a “hostile anti-police environment in the city” (yep, because it was totally his fault that a troubled man decided to tragically kill two police officers in an act that had no relation to NYC protests against the non-indictment of the NYPD officer that killed Eric Garner in a chokehold. Yep.). So now, the police, according to the New York Post, are making arrests “only when they have to,” as opposed to following their usual “broken windows” policy in which they arrest anyone who “fits the description” (i.e., young black person) for the most minor of crimes. Heaven forbid, arresting only when necessary? It’s a wonder the city isn’t erupting in flames.
Check out these articles for more information:
The second story involves the bombing of an NAACP headquarters in Colorado Spring, CO this past Tuesday. As of yet the bomber remains unidentified. The immense lack of coverage of this story provides further proof (as if we needed any more after years of police killings of unarmed Black people?) that, in the white supremacist United States, Black lives don’t matter (except that they do).
Here are two of the rare stories covering the bombing:
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
Franchesca Ramsey (aka, Chescaleigh) is an actress, comedian, and vlogger who has a number of super great videos on her YouTube channel offering tips for how to be a decent person, basically. In addition to this “5 Tips for Being an Ally” video (which feels particularly relevant with all of the phenomenal anti-racist organizing going on right now), Chescaleigh has also made videos on slut-shaming, the n-word double standard, how to apologize after getting called out, and more.
Book Recommendation Awesome Projects That You Should Totally Check Out
The radical anti-speciesist organization Direct Action Everywhere has recently become one of my favorite groups, due to their truly transformative, outside-the-system work and their strong intersectional consciousness. They recently launched a new, worldwide campaign called Until Every Animal Is Free, about which I encourage you all to learn about on their Facebook event (and see if there’s an action in your area so you can participate on January 11!). The campaign has also involved DxE’s exposé on a “humane” egg facility that supplies Whole Foods, which garnered coverage at the New York Times. Watch a video of the exposé here.
In solidarity, Ali.