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.
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Today’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) features a roundup of some of the (very sparse) fair reporting on the current situation in Baltimore, as instigated by the police violence committed against Freddie Gray. So get your crisp spring salads, your rhubarb-y desserts, and your fluffy biscuits (because you’ll find that below, too), and gear up to learn in solidarity with the most recent instance of #BlackLivesMatter organizing.
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Spring Panzanella with Fresh Peas & Fennel
Via Cookie & Kate
To celebrate the emerging sunny spring days, a crisp salad of seasonal produce paired with crusty whole grain bread seems quite appropriate.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bars
Via Choosing Raw
More seasonal produce! Rhubarb is one of those funny veggies that doesn’t stick around for very long but gets a ton of use — mostly in fruity baked goods — when it is available at the market. A big fan of crumble bars, I’d be more than happy to use up all that rhubarb in this recipe.
Best Recipe I Made This Week
On May 8, the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) will host a Vegan Bacon Tasting, complete with donations from nine different vegan companies, as well as a couple of recipes I have up my sleeve. One of said recipes is for bacon-infused fluffy biscuits, made with the once unthinkable vegan bacon grease. Dana’s recipe for impeccable biscuits provides a fantastic base for animal-free bacony experimentation.
Reporting on Freddie Gray & Baltimore
If ya’ll haven’t yet heard about this story (which is understandable given the horrendous media coverage it’s gotten), here are the details, from Kate Aronoff at Waging Nonviolence:
“On April 12, Baltimore police chased down 25-year old Freddie Gray after he had “made eye contact” with officers. The exact cause for his arrest is unclear, though police report that he was (not illegally) carrying a knife in his pocket. Post-arrest cell phone video shot by an observer shows Gray limp, the result of a broken leg according to one observer, and screaming out in pain as officers dragged him into the back of a police van. He was held inside the vehicle for 30 minutes, emerging afterwards with severe injuries; Grey died in a hospital one week later, on April 19. At the time of his death, Gray’s spine was 80 percent severed at the neck and his voice box had been crushed.”
Of course, most of the media coverage actually given to the physical violence committed against Freddie Gray and the structural violence committed against the Baltimore community has focused on the protests, condemning them for property destruction, looting, and “rioting.” The articles below provide cogent explanations of why this immediate jump to demonizing the Baltimore protestors constitutes yet another form of violence against Black lives.
‘Structural Looting’ of Black Communities Driving Protesters to Baltimore Streets
By Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams
Police and ‘Black Baltimore’
By Shaun La at Common Dreams
Response to “Black Lives Matter more than chickens’ or cows’ lives, apparently”
By A. Breeze Harper at Sistah Vegan
Having Black Cops and Black Mayors Doesn’t End Police Brutality
By Stacia L. Brown at The New Republic
The Violence in Baltimore Didn’t Start with the Riots
By Rebecca Traistser at The New Republic
Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance
By Ajamu Baraka at Counterpunch
The problem with wanting ‘peace’ in Baltimore
By Kazu Haga at Waging Nonviolence
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
Coverage of Baltimore on Democracy Now!
More on Baltimore and Freddie Gray from one of the few broadcast news outlets giving adequate and fair coverage to the story.
Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out
Remember that awesome interview I did with Justin Van Kleeck of the Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary a while ago? Well, now you have the chance to help out TCA by contributing to the largest fundraising campaign they’ve ever launched. Read on for details from Justin and Rosemary.
“Triangle Chance for All is happy to announce our $5,000 medical crowdfunding campaign –and thrilled that all donations will be matched by a grant from A Well-Fed World!
In the past year of operations, we have spent almost $7,000 on medical care–ranging from surgeries for bumblefoot and broken beaks, to vaccinations and health exams, to prescriptions for infections. This medical bill accounts for nearly half of our total expenses over the past year…
We are asking for your help to raise $5,000 for Guinevere’s Fund, our medical fund named in honor of a beloved young hen who died shortly after arriving at TCA from traumas sustained before she joined our flock.
All donations for this campaign will be matched thanks to a generous grant from A Well-Fed World! With your help and this matching grant, we will be well-prepared to provide the same level of medical care for the coming year to all of our residents. Plus we will be better able to take in new residents and focus especially on rescue-and-placement as a way to get more individuals off of the agricultural assembly line.”
In solidarity, Ali.