Vegan Chews & Progressive News {9-4-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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.

Hi, folks! Welcome to another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews), this one comin’ atcha from Poughkeepsie, NY, where I find myself in my last year of my undergrad education (eek…). I’ll probably need plenty of potent condiments, Midwestern ice cream flavors, and sticky-sweet-smoky tempeh to get me through it all (oh, that thesis…), so thankfully this post covers all those bases. As for stories, we’re doing things a bit differently today: I’m skipping the article to include a podcast episode, a book recommendation, and an awesome project. So! I’ve got coverage of the Dyett hunger strike for a public high school in Chicago; I’ve got a book from which virtually anyone who has ever had a disempowering educational experience would hugely benefit; and I’ve got a conference that’s eager for your conference proposals. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Magic Ancho Chile Relish
Via 101 Cookbooks

Photo via Heidi Swanson.

Photo via Heidi Swanson.

I don’t think there’s any flavor that can quite match that of the smoky-spicy-unctuousness of ancho chiles. So when you puree them into a concentrated condiment…well, you have something that I’ll slather on just about anything (be sure to scroll to the bottom of Heidi’s post for suggestions on just which anythings she recommends using with this).


Blue Moon Ice Cream
Via Avocados and Ales

Photo via Lacey Siomos.

Photo via Lacey Siomos.

Non-Midwesterners, you may not understand, but Blue Moon ice cream will forever and always occupy a special, cone-shaped spot in my heart. Novel in color and flavor (Froot Loops, anyone?), Blue Moon succeeds in stumping child and adult alike in terms of just what exactly goes into creating that one-of-a-kind ice cream flavor. With this recipe, Lacey takes a valiant (and vegan!) guess at the Blue Moon code, and I could not be more excited to try it for myself.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Tempeh Bacon
Via Healthy Happy Life

Photo via Kathy Patalsky.

Photo via Kathy Patalsky.

My promise to you? After trying this recipe, you’ll never need another version of tempeh bacon ever again. Ever.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Yana Kunichoff on the Dyett Hunger Strike
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via TSJ Chicago.

Photo via TSJ Chicago.

There’s some pretty incredible stuff happening in Chicago right now: on August 17, twelve parents from Bronzeville launched a hunger strike in front of Dyett High School to protest the injustices they and their children have suffered at the hands of the Chicago Public School administration and the Board of Education. This interview with independent journalist Yana Kunichoff gets into the details, and to stay up-to-date on the very latest news, be sure to bookmark this page.

Book Recommendation

Pedagogy of the Oppressed
By Pablo Friere

Photo via Continuum.

Photo via Continuum.

One of the foundational texts in the field of critical pedagogy, this book is an absolute must-read for anyone who has ever taught or been taught (so…everyone…?). Friere wrote as a Brazilian Marxist, seeking to challenge the capitalistic goals for which contemporary educational systems continue to strive, disempowering just about everyone with whom it interacts in the process. After almost 50 years, this book is still hugely relevant and important.

Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

2015 3rd Annual International Students for Critical Animal Studies Conference
Via Students for Critical Animal Studies

Photo via Students for Critical Animal Studies.

Photo via Students for Critical Animal Studies.

We’re hosting a conference! That’s right–this year, the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) is working with the Students for Critical Animal Studies (an offshoot of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies) to host their third annual conference here at Vassar. And we want your submissions! (Really…like, we REALLY want them.) To present at the conference, send a presentation title, 150-200-word abstract, and short biography to by the end of September. We hope to hear from you!

In solidarity, Ali.

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