Vegan Chews & Progressive News {5-22-15}

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.

Just a reminder about the exciting news that Chickpeas & Change is now accepting submissions! I’m thrilled to be able to open this space up to voices from the anti-speciesist, feminist, anti-racist community. Check out this page for submission guidelines.

Hello, all, and welcome to another edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! First, let me apologize for not publishing a post this past Monday–I was finishing up the last of my college finals and couldn’t find the mental energy to devote to crafting a post. Rest assured, though, C&C will be up and publishing once again next Monday. But for now, enjoy the best of the week’s recipes and stories (well, at least IMHO).

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Crisp Chickpea & Kale Salad with Apricots, Fried Fennel, & Tahini-Avocado Goddess Dressing
Via Will Frolic for Food

Photo via Renee Byrd.

Photo via Renee Byrd.

Wow, hi, thank you for combining a great many fabulous ingredients into a hearty, complexly layered salad. And for introducing me to the flavor combination of caramelized fennel and apricots! I bet it’s winning…

Sweet

Apple Crumble Breakfast Parfait
Via To Her Core

Photo via Dearna of To Her Core.

Photo via Dearna of To Her Core.

I’m not usually one for hot, porridge-y breakfasts, but this one — layered between tender apples, tangy yogurt (vegan, please), spiced nuts and seeds — may just change my mind.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Via Olives for Dinner

Photo via Jeff Wysocarski.

Photo via Jeff Wysocarski.

In case you’re new to C&C, let me reveal to you my undying affection for (vegan) mayonnaise-based salads, especially those that involve smashed chickpeas. This one from Erin over at Olives for Dinner serves as a pretty standard chickpea salad template, a huge batch of which my housemates (understandably) scarfed down over the course of two days.

Must-Read Article(s)

I want to highlight two articles today, in order to emphasize a pair of this week’s biggest news stories (at least in the media that I consume on a daily basis…which is more than The New Republic, I promise).

Could the Boston Marathon Bomber Receive a Fair Trial in Boston?
By Karen Pita Loor at The New Republic

From The Guardian:: "Demonstrators against the death penalty stand outside federal court in Boston during first day of the penalty phase for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev." Photograph: John Tlumacki/AP.

From The Guardian: “Demonstrators against the death penalty stand outside federal court in Boston during first day of the penalty phase for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.” Photograph: John Tlumacki/AP.

After a federal court sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the Boston Marathon bomber — to death (despite the fact that Massachusetts has long outlawed the death penalty) this past week, discussions of capital punishment and the implications of a death-qualified jury have come to the fore. This article from Karen Pita Loor distills some of those discussions.

Data-Driven Policing
By Jamil Smith at The New Republic

From NJ.com: "Camden County Officer Virginia Matias (second from right) sits with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as they meet with rank-and-file law enforcement officials from across the country in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)."

From NJ.com: “Camden County Officer Virginia Matias (second from right) sits with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as they meet with rank-and-file law enforcement officials from across the country in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).”

Whenever Obama announces something seemingly progressive, it’s prudent to take a critical look at that something. Most recently, Obama revealed that he would “prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments.” De-militarizing police? Sure! But wait…this article by Jamil Smith discusses some of the not-so-great implications of this new policy.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Unconventional Wisdom
Via Disorderly Conduct

Photo via Tarbell Industries.

Photo via Tarbell Industries.

If you’ve never listened to Alexis and Jesse’s progressive labor-and-economics-focused podcast, I would highly recommend that you add it to your regular listening repertoire. This particular episode features an interview with Maya Schenwar, one of my favorite journalists, editor-in-chief at Truthout, and author of the new book against mass incarceration, entitled Locked Down, Locked Out.

Book Recommendation

Poetics of Relation
By Edouard Glissant

Photo via TheFunambulist.net.

Photo via TheFunambulist.net.

For me the overarching theme of this spring semester has involved investigating the question of how to coexist in the world with others. Glissant’s poetic work does a marvelously artistic job of pointing out where typically unquestioned ideologies prevent us from building community, and of suggesting where we might look in developing new strategies for how to challenge individualism in the name of Relation.

In solidarity, Ali.

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