Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-24-15}

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.

Howdy, folks! It’s that time again…time for another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! This week’s recipes are a celebration of all things comforting and nostalgia-inducing, yet innovative in the techniques they employ. Then, for much less fun but much more important news, intersectional activist extraordinaire pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary has a must-read message to white vegans who disparage the Black Lives Matter movement with “#AllLivesMatter”-type remarks. In related news, the incredible author Ta-Nehisi Coates recently appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss his remarkable new book, written as a letter to his son about what to expect growing up Black in the United States. And finally, an exciting new podcast from another great Black journalist Jamil Smith, via The New Republic. Good stuff today, ya’ll!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Challah Pretzel Buns
Via Recipe Fiction

Photo via Melinda McCamant.

Photo via Melinda McCamant.

Yet another phenomenal use of aquafaba (bean liquid)! Don’t these look like the fluffiest, yeastiest, doughiest little buns to ever come out of the oven? And with such a shine! Yes, these certainly would do well at a veggie burger BBQ.


Circus Cookies
Via House Vegan

Photo via Hannah at House Vegan.

Photo via Hannah at House Vegan.

Do y’all remember those pink and white frosted cookies that came in a cardboard circus truck? Because I sure do. Of course, back then I didn’t understand the necessity of circus abolition (and, of course, prison abolition for humans), and ate those cookies unquestioningly. Perhaps these vegan circus cookies can serve as a good conversation starter, no?

Best Recipe I Made This Week

S’Mores Brownies
Via Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Raw date-nut crust. The moistest, fudgiest brownies you’ll ever brownie. Fluffy aquafaba marshmallow fluff, torched to perfection. Could you ask for anything more in a dessert? My housemates certainly didn’t think so. (Pan=empty in seconds.)

Must-Read Article

Irked by Black Lives Matter? Here’s What to Do.
Via pattrice jones at VINE Sanctuary

Photo via Black Lives Matter Twitter account.

Photo via Black Lives Matter Twitter account.

This is important reading, folks, especially for all of us white proponents of veganism and animal justice. In this thorough, impassioned article, VINE Sanctuary co-founder pattrice jones covers why #AllLivesMatter is appropriative, demeaning, and white supremacist, as well as how we white folks can better work in solidarity with Black people in the struggle for racial justice.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview on Being Black in America
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

The incredible Toni Morrison recently called Ta-Nehisi Coates today’s James Baldwin, and this Democracy Now! interview with Coates discusses the book that provoked her comment. As a regular contributor for The Atlantic writing on a host of social issues, Coates has certainly made a name for himself as a journalist and author, and with good reason. Watch this interview and be inspired.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Intersection Podcast with Jamil Smith
Via The New Republic

Photo via The New Republic.

Photo via The New Republic.

A bit of a podcast fanatic, I’m thrilled that one of my favorite journalists, Jamil Smith, has collaborated with The New Republic to launch a brand new podcast on intersectional social justice issues! Give the first episode a listen and keep a look out for more.

In solidarity, Ali.

2 thoughts on “Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-24-15}

  1. Rachel in Veganland says:

    That Vine article is so great, thanks so much for sharing it! I’ve been wondering when I’d see a conversation in the vegan community about the #alllivesmatter hashtag. I’m glad I got to read what I hope is just part of an ongoing discussion about intersectionality and how, as the author says, sometimes we need to just zip it.

  2. veganelder says:

    Ms. jones is one of the first sources I began following when I stumbled into veganism. She’s a gifted and powerful writer and the post you reference is terrific. All members of the vegan community should read and think about this piece. Rejecting the oppression of our sister/brother Earthlings does not mean we automatically understand/reject the awfulness of racism. It’s as tempting as it is erroneous to think that becoming vegan makes us universally anti-oppressive. Becoming an opponent of each iteration of the isms of oppression requires self-education and struggle against obliviousness. Way too many confuse sloganeering with perception and thereby end up ostensibly being against oppression all the while re-creating it.

    Thank you for bringing attention to her post.

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