Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as 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.
Welcome to Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Today’s edition features some unique, animal-free grub; namely, sushi and waffles (not sushi waffles…*shudder*). Then, it’s with a heavy heart that I share a story of yet another police shooting of a Black teenager, this one in my own hometown. After that, though, a podcast and a film that might restore a bit of your hope in humanity.
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Miso-Ginger Glazed Roasted Carrot and Toasted Sesame Sushi
Via Maple Spice
I’m a big fan of Debbie’s innovative use of a tangy, salty-sweet glaze, typically employed on the bodies of salmon killed for sushi, instead on carrots. I also appreciate the care Debbie took to season the rice she used in this sushi (the word “sushi” does etymologically stem from the Japanese word for “sour rice,” after all). All in all, an impressively crafted recipe.
Best Recipe I Made This Week
Cheesy Cornbread Waffles
Via Keepin in Kind
Proven by the 21 hungry members of my cooperative house who scarfed them down in no time flat last night, these waffles provide an ideal accompaniment to a hearty bowl of mixed bean & tempeh chili. You can also pour the batter into a baking pan and stick it in a 400° oven for 25-ish minutes if you prefer your cornbread in square rather than waffle form, or don’t have access to a waffle iron.
Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager Tony Robinson in Madison, WI
Last Friday, March 6, white police officer Matt Kenny shot unarmed Black 19-year-old Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. in my hometown of Madison, WI. Clearly, this murder provides yet another example of the systematically violent, white supremacist institution of the United States’ police forces (even Madison’s police chief knows that). As expected, much of the media has been perpetrating some serious victim-blaming, insisting that Robinson “faced some past troubles,” and thus refusing to see him as any more than a criminal—the identity that white American automatically assigns to Black people.
No strangers to rallying (think back to the Scott Walker protests of 2011), Madison’s young people walked out of class this past Monday and marched in droves to the state capitol building. Read more about the details of the shooting and the ensuing organizing in the articles below.
Fatal shooting of black teenager by Madison police sparks protests (Amanda Holpunch, The Guardian)
Wisconsin protesters rally against fatal police shooting of Tony Robinson (Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence)
Madison Students Rally to Demand Justice for Tony Robinson (Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch)
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
As if I don’t talk about the amazing Hana Low enough on this blog, I’m excited to pass along to ya’ll an interview that they just gave on the Toronto-based animal liberation radio show Animal Voices. In the interview, Hana expands upon the connections they see between fighting oppression for LGBTQ communities and non-human animals, as well as the importance of having an approach to animal liberation that incorporates social justice for all groups, not just non-human animals. Give it a listen!
Book Recommendation Awesome projects you should totally check out
“DREAMers Among Us” Film Project & Screenings
Via the Youth Arts Group (YAG) of the Rural Migrant Ministry (RMM)
The Youth Arts Group (YAG) — a program run by the Rural Migrant Ministry (RMM), which is an advocacy group for migrant farmworkers in Poughkeepsie, NY, my college town — recently premiered DREAMers Among Us, a 20-minute documentary produced, directed, filmed, and edited by five high-school-age DREAMers. Drawing from the YAG website, “a ‘DREAMer’ is a young undocumented person who would be eligible for the DREAM Act if it passed. The NY version of the DREAM Act increases access to higher education by making undocumented students eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).” If any of ya’ll are in the Hudson Valley or NYC-Metro area, I’d highly encourage you to attend the film’s next screening on Saturday, March 14 (tomorrow!!!) from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Helen Mills Theater (137 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001). Visit the this page for more details.
In solidarity, Ali.