Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-3-15}

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! Today’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) features some truly artful nosh, including a pizza crust made out of crispy potatoes and a bubblegum-pink vegan French macaron ready to impress. Then, for news, I’m sharing a piece providing a critical, “let’s-celebrate-but-also-remember-how-much-work-still-needs-to-be-done” perspective on last week’s same-sex marriage SCOTUS decision, a video on why the onus should not fall on systemically oppressed people to “educate” others, and an exciting new anthology that’s seeking submissions. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Potato-Crusted Pizza with Garlic Scape Pesto & Squash Blossoms
Via Gratitude & Greens

Photo via Genevieve at Gratitude & Greens.

Photo via Genevieve at Gratitude & Greens.

Crispy potatoes, springtime produce, and the mystical squash blossom all in one truly creative pizza? Count me in!


Raspberry-Rose Macarons
Via My Wife Makes

Photo via Amrita at My Wife Makes.

Photo via Amrita at My Wife Makes.

The latest in the ongoing aquafaba (chickpea liquid) meringue excitement! After numerous samplings of Sweet Maresa‘s life-changing vegan French macarons, I’m thrilled at the prospect of experimenting with my own.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Banana Crumb Muffins
Via Minimalist Baker

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

With an overload of bananas in my summer cooperative house, what can one do but make banana bread? Drawing upon my childhood nostalgia, I whipped up a batch of banana-walnut muffins–veganized versions of the treat I enjoyed during every visit to my grandmother’s house. Predictably, the muffins disappeared in mere hours. Hurrah for co-op living!

Must-Read Article

Interrupting Pride for Black Lives
By Kelly Hayes at Truthout

Participants in the #BlackOutPride contingent rally the crowd as they march toward the site of their action. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

Participants in the #BlackOutPride contingent rally the crowd as they march toward the site of their action. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in support of same-sex marriage in the, it’s important to both celebrate, and to remember that we still have much to struggle for in order to fully enfranchise LGBTQ people in the U.S.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Why Pressuring Someone to ‘Educate’ You About Their Struggles Is Oppression, Not Understanding
By Kat Blaque at Everyday Feminism

Photo via Kat Blaque.

Photo via Kat Blaque.

If ya’ll haven’t checked out the work of artist and activist Kat Blaque, I would highly recommend doing so. In her latest video, Kat explains why asking someone of a systemically marginalized group to “educate” you about the daily oppression they face contributes to that very oppressive power dynamic, and how to better go about working in solidarity with them.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Call for Contributions to “Queering Animal Liberation,” VINE Sanctuary’s New Anthology
Via VINE Sanctuary

Anthology editors / Photo via VINE Sanctuary.

Anthology editors / Photo via VINE Sanctuary.

The fantastic, always intersectional activists and sanctuary caretakers over at VINE are at it again, this time in a brand new anthology on the important work of Queering Animal Liberation. Submit your stuff!

In solidarity, Ali.

2 thoughts on “Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-3-15}

  1. Mountain Hughes says:

    “It falls perfectly into line with the general, bizarre trend, the trend to say ‘it’s not the job of oppressed people to educate you.’ Really? Then whose job, exactly, is it? I hear that all the time, and I find it such a bizarre attitude for self-described activists to take. To call yourself an activist is precisely to say ‘It is my job to educate you.’ Change is active by its nature. The status quo doesn’t need activists. Change requires that you make it your job. So where’s the political strategy? I don’t pretend that it would be obvious or easy– in fact I think it’ll be incredibly hard– but, well, 200 years ago you could buy people, and the ability to do so was deeply embedded in the economy. Things can change, but you’ve got to make them happen and you have to motivate people who aren’t inherently predisposed to be motivated in order to do so. That’s me making a ‘this is true’ statement, not a ‘this is good’ statement. It’s ugly that positive political change so often involves having to motivate precisely the people who you see as responsible for the problem. But life’s ugly. The world’s a broken place.”

    Also, Ali, if my comments annoy you let me know and I’ll stop.

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