Chickpeas & Changes’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, fellow radicals, and welcome to your weekly installation of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! In culinary store for you today is a brightly flavored rice salad, a microwaved donut (?!?!?!), and some hearty stuffed cabbage. On the stories side of the equation, I’d like to share with you the problematic implications of #AllLivesMatter, a groundbreaking view of addiction and the War on Drugs, and a cookzine written by and for vegans of color. Exciting stuff today, folks!
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Rice, Peas, Mint, & Raisins
Via The Whinery
My mother crafted a number of bright, summery rice salads throughout my childhood, and this dish from Elsa at The Whinery reminds me of the warm-weather suppers my parents and I would enjoy on our backyard porch. Plus, this salad temporarily quenches my undying urge to throw green peas and mint into everything.
5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Donuts
A miniature ingredient list and a trip in the microwave comprise the entirety of this laughably simple recipe for fluffy pumpkin donuts. I’m eager to test the no-oven method of baking introduced here.
Best Recipe I Made This Week
Via Fat-Free Vegan
This dish has held a spot on my “Recipes to Try” list for far too long, so I was thrilled to finally check it off while cooking dinner for my 20-person cooperative house the other night. Instead of boiling the cabbage leaves, I stuck a whole head of cabbage in the freezer overnight and let it thaw the next day, resulting in perfectly rolla-ble leaves while eliminating a step in the cooking process.
Must-Read News Story
“Dear Post-Racial White Vegans: ‘All Lives Matter’ Is a Racial Microaggression Contributing to Our Daily Struggle With Racial Battle Fatigue”
Via A. Breeze Harper at Sistah Vegan
I’ve seen a number of (white) animal activists using the hashtag #AllLivesMatter, I assume in order to draw attention to the lives of non-human animals whom we often refuse to see. However, this hashtag and others like it work to re-center white people in a world that systemically oppresses people of color, and thus appropriates the entire #BlackLivesMatter movement with the effect of once again employing Black bodies to serve the interests of white people. A. Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan writes on this topic in detail in this post on her blog.
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
“Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong”
Via Democracy Now!
I usually listen to Democracy Now! in the background during my morning workout, but this interview with British journalist and author Johann Hari had me pausing my lunges to actually sit down and watch. With President Obama seeking $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, Hari articulately and in easily understandable language flips the common understanding of addiction and our century-old failed drug war on his head. Watch and be amazed.
Unfortunate disclaimer: Hari discusses rat vivisection in a fairly callous manner, but the rest of his interview is A+. Check out the fantastic Brooklyn-based organization Open the Cages for info and heartwarming stories on rescued lab animals.
Book Recommendation Awesome Projects That You Should Totally Check Out
“Vegans of Color Cookzine in the Works!”
Via Portland Vegans of Color
The Portland Vegans of Color group has issued a call to fellow vegans of color for recipes and stories, with the goal of “push[ing] back against the lack of authentic diversity to complete appropriation of non-white cultures by white authors in vegan cookbooks.” If you’re a vegan of color with a recipe to contribute, email email@example.com with your submission! The deadline is March 31. See the link for more details. Thanks to Hana Low for alerting me to this great project.
In solidarity, Ali.