Vegan Chews & Progressive News {3-27-15}

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.

Wowza, it’s already the 42nd edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)?!?!? We’re getting up there, folks. And for good reason, because I really can’t stop myself from sharing all of the hearty breakfast sandwiches, refreshing smoothies, and tempeh-loaded yumminess out there on the vegan blogosphere. And of course, how could I let important stories about U.S.-Israel relations, white male dominance in philosophy, subversive reporting on Africa, or radical vegan scholarship fall by the wayside? Nope, we’re going to have to keep going, waaay beyond 42…

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Breakfast Sandwiches with Chickpea Patties & Cholula Cashew Cheese
Via Oh My Veggies

Photo via Kiersten at Oh My Veggies.

Photo via Kiersten at Oh My Veggies.

I get pretty enthusiastic about making chickpea-based dishes reminiscent of the texture and flavor of chicken’ eggs (but without all of the exploitation of female reproductive organs and whatnot), and I recently became an aspiring hot sauce aficionado…so this sandwich pretty much covers all the bases.

Sweet

Fennel Smoothie
Via Vegan Miam

Photo via Rika at Vegan Miam.

Photo via Rika at Vegan Miam.

The humble (and under-appreciated, in my book) fennel is right up there with the parsnip on the pedestal of my favorite veggies, so when you throw the crisp, anise-flavored green bulb into a blender with some pineapple and coconut water, well. You’ve made one blogger quite happy.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Cajun Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Via Connoisseurus Veg

Photo via Alissa Saenz.

Photo via Alissa Saenz.

Hellloooooo tons of flavor! For serious, though, the pita pocket into which I stuffed this brilliant tempeh concoction was bursting with succulent, tomato-ey, smoky deliciousness (and it was also bursting because I may or may not have crammed too much tempeh in there, but whatevs). This one is an easy and quick hit.

Must-Read Article(s)

Is Obama really going to get tough with Israel?
By Ali Abunimah at Electronic Intifada

Photo via Pete Souza.

Photo via Pete Souza.

In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent re-election and his disavowal of a two-state solution, the Obama administration has been claiming that they’re finally going to start taking action against Israel‘s racist, genocidal policies and practices. Sounds great, yeah? Well, there’s always a catch when it comes to American politics, isn’t there? In this article, journalist Ali Abunimah explains why we need to take a critical eye on Obama’s promises with regards to Israel.

Philosophy has to be about more than white men
By Minna Salami at The Guardian

 Aztec thinking was all but erased from history after their defeat by the Spanish. Photograph via Archivo Iconografico/Corbis.

Aztec thinking was all but erased from history after their defeat by the Spanish. Photo via Archivo Iconografico/Corbis.

I really couldn’t resist sharing this second article with ya’ll today, especially because this semester I’ve found myself in a philosophy course overrun with white men who really need to do some serious privilege-checking (like let SOMEONE else speak, bros!!!). Anywho, this article by Minna Salami does an awesome job of explaining the dominance of white men within the philosophic discipline, as well as why it’s so important to look to the forgotten philosophic voices.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Africa is a Radio
Via Africa is a Country

Photo via Africa is a Country.

Photo via Africa is a Country.

I only recently found out about this tongue-in-cheek blog, which challenges dominant conceptions of Africa and its people within Western media sources. Needless to say, I’ve become a huge fan of the blog’s work, not least because of its monthly podcast hosted by DJ and contributing editor Chief Boima. Give him a listen.

Book Recommendation

The Vegan Body Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror
By Laura Wright

Photo via University of Georgia Press.

Photo via University of Georgia Press.

This Fall season cannot come fast enough, since it means the release of this long-awaited anthology by Laura Wright. Featuring pieces by Carol J. Adams, Justin Van Kleeck of the Triangle Chance for All microsanctuary (whom I recently interviewed on the blog), Jacqueline Morr of Project Intersect, Greta Gaard, and others, The Vegan Studies Project “combin[es] personal narratives and gender studies with eco-feminism and pop culture […] [to] offer a brilliant analysis of the status of vegans and veganism on America’s cultural landscape” (qtd. Hal Herzog). SO EXCITED.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {3-20-15}

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.

Hoorah for Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! This week’s recipes are a quintessential vegan dream, featuring hummus, tofu, and animal-free versions of once-thought-impossible-to-veganize foods. Then, with your belly satisfied, check out a critique of the (lack of) Irish education typically provided to students surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, a phenomenal web series by a truly fantastic activist whom ya’ll should really get to know, and a great book for anyone looking to challenge internalized imperial thought forms. Let’s get to it!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Roasted Jalapeno Hummus
Via Minimalist Baker

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

I have a…thing…for roasted chiles. Jalapenos, poblanos, chipotles — you name it, I’ll stuff it in my mouth. How can you argue with their slippery texture, their subtly charred flavor, and the huge oomph they give to just about any dish. Including this hummus!

Sweet

Marshmallow Fluff
Via Seitan Is My Motor

Photo via Seitan Is My Motor.

Photo via Seitan Is My Motor.

I’ve only ever encountered one other recipe for a vegan meringue-like substance (from vegan cooking genius Miyoko Schinner), and I’m thrilled to see more variations on this fluffy spread, which I once thought to be utterly un-veganizeable (how silly of me). You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe…

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Waffled Miso-Sesame Tofu
Via Daniel Shumski at Serious Eats

Photo via Daniel Shumski.

Photo via Daniel Shumski.

No longer just for waffles, my waffle iron has become a multi-use tool for tofu, hash browns, sticky rice, and more. After the impeccably crispy tofu that this powerhouse appliance produced, I may never cook tofu in a skillet or oven again.

Must-Read Article

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
By Bill Bigelow at Common Dreams

The Irish Famine: Interior of a Peasants Hut | Photo via Common Dreams.

The Irish Famine: Interior of a Peasants Hut | Photo via Common Dreams.

In light of St. Patrick’s Day, this story felt particularly relevant to me, especially since I think it is important to look with a critical eye on holidays that we tend to take for granted. Here, Bill Bigelow laments the lack of recorded firsthand information on the struggles of 19th-century Ireland, and the failure of typical school textbooks to effectively convey neither such struggles nor our continued complicity in their contemporary iterations. For example, Bigelow explains how the Irish Potato Famine constitutes an early example of the true reasons behind the hunger crisis (i.e., inadequate distribution rather than production of food). A fascinating read.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Black Feminist Blogger Web-Series
Via Aph Ko

Photo via Aph Ko.

Photo via Aph Ko.

I recently became a huge fan of the work of Aph Ko, a Black feminist vegan blogger who produces an hilarious and eye-opening web-series based off of the shit she gets from the rest of the blogosphere as a blogger of her identity. Watch her videos. Read her work. Spread it far and wide.

Book Recommendation

Culture and Imperialism
By Edward Said

Photo via Amazon.com.

Photo via Amazon.com.

With his Culture and Imperialism, acclaimed poscolonial scholar Edward Said has produced an important compendium of the ways we reinforce imperialistic thought in the production of art, music, film, theater, and other various cultural forms. In addition to his critical analyses of Jane Austen and Verdi, Said offers a great overview of imperialism as it manifested in the United States, Britain, and France, and the integral components to imperial ideology. A great read.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {3-13-15}

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.

Welcome to Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)Today’s edition features some unique, animal-free grub; namely, sushi and waffles (not sushi waffles…*shudder*). Then, it’s with a heavy heart that I share a story of yet another police shooting of a Black teenager, this one in my own hometown. After that, though, a podcast and a film that might restore a bit of your hope in humanity.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Miso-Ginger Glazed Roasted Carrot and Toasted Sesame Sushi
Via Maple Spice

Photo via Debbie at Maple Spice.

Photo via Debbie at Maple Spice.

I’m a big fan of Debbie’s innovative use of a tangy, salty-sweet glaze, typically employed on the bodies of salmon killed for sushi, instead on carrots. I also appreciate the care Debbie took to season the rice she used in this sushi (the word “sushi” does etymologically stem from the Japanese word for “sour rice,” after all). All in all, an impressively crafted recipe.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Cheesy Cornbread Waffles
Via Keepin in Kind

Photo via Kristy Turner.

Photo via Kristy Turner.

Proven by the 21 hungry members of my cooperative house who scarfed them down in no time flat last night, these waffles provide an ideal accompaniment to a hearty bowl of mixed bean & tempeh chili. You can also pour the batter into a baking pan and stick it in a 400° oven for 25-ish minutes if you prefer your cornbread in square rather than waffle form, or don’t have access to a waffle iron.

Must-Read Article

Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager Tony Robinson in Madison, WI

Photo via Flickr / Light Brigading.

Photo via Flickr / Light Brigading.

Last Friday, March 6, white police officer Matt Kenny shot unarmed Black 19-year-old Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. in my hometown of Madison, WI. Clearly, this murder provides yet another example of the systematically violent, white supremacist institution of the United States’ police forces (even Madison’s police chief knows that). As expected, much of the media has been perpetrating some serious victim-blaming, insisting that Robinson “faced some past troubles,” and thus refusing to see him as any more than a criminal—the identity that white American automatically assigns to Black people.

No strangers to rallying (think back to the Scott Walker protests of 2011), Madison’s young people walked out of class this past Monday and marched in droves to the state capitol building. Read more about the details of the shooting and the ensuing organizing in the articles below.

Fatal shooting of black teenager by Madison police sparks protests (Amanda Holpunch, The Guardian)

Wisconsin protesters rally against fatal police shooting of Tony Robinson (Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence)

Madison Students Rally to Demand Justice for Tony Robinson (Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch)

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Love in abundance: Hana Low on the intersections between queer human and non-human animal liberation
Via Hana Low at Animal Voices

Photo via Animal Voices.

Photo via Animal Voices.

As if I don’t talk about the amazing Hana Low enough on this blog, I’m excited to pass along to ya’ll an interview that they just gave on the Toronto-based animal liberation radio show Animal Voices. In the interview, Hana expands upon the connections they see between fighting oppression for LGBTQ communities and non-human animals, as well as the importance of having an approach to animal liberation that incorporates social justice for all groups, not just non-human animals. Give it a listen!

Book Recommendation Awesome projects you should totally check out

“DREAMers Among Us” Film Project & Screenings
Via the Youth Arts Group (YAG) of the Rural Migrant Ministry (RMM)

Dreamers-Poster-3

The Youth Arts Group (YAG) — a program run by the Rural Migrant Ministry (RMM), which is an advocacy group for migrant farmworkers in Poughkeepsie, NY, my college town — recently premiered DREAMers Among Us, a 20-minute documentary produced, directed, filmed, and edited by five high-school-age DREAMers. Drawing from the YAG website, “a ‘DREAMer’ is a young undocumented person who would be eligible for the DREAM Act if it passed. The NY version of the DREAM Act increases access to higher education by making undocumented students eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).” If any of ya’ll are in the Hudson Valley or NYC-Metro area, I’d highly encourage you to attend the film’s next screening on Saturday, March 14 (tomorrow!!!) from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Helen Mills Theater (137 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001). Visit the this page for more details.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {3-6-15}

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.

Hello and welcome to your weekly installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Today’s creamy and succulent recipes will have you running to the kitchen, while today’s stories will have you thinking critically about transmisoginy in the feminist movement and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then, after that rollercoaster of emotions, you can settle down to nominate your favorite Black woman vegan activist and submit that paper you’ve been working on about campus sexual assault. What a great day!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Caramelized Banana Ice Cream
Via To Her Core

Photo via Dearna at To Her Core.

Photo via Dearna at To Her Core.

Blending up near-instant, one-ingredient ice cream from frozen bananas has become ubiquitous in the food blogosphere (though it sure doesn’t get any less delicious or ridiculously easy…). Just when I thought that there weren’t any more variations to make on banana ice cream, along comes this snazzy recipe from Dreana, who caramelizes her bananas in coconut oil before freezing and blending them to yield an intensely sweet, caramel-like frozen dessert. Yes, please.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Roasted Garlic, Parsnip, & White Bean Soup
Via Yummy Beet

Photo via Allison Day.

Photo via Allison Day.

Soup is my favorite food to eat on cold days. Parsnips are my favorite vegetable. This recipe is my favorite.

Must-Read Article

“Real” Women: A Critique of “Feminist” Transphobia
By Rebecca Long at The Feminist Wire

Dove Advertisement / Photo via The Feminist Wire

Dove Advertisement / Photo via The Feminist Wire

This fully explained and clearly written article by Rebecca Long does important work by challenging the trans-exclusionary radical feminism that originated in the second-wave feminist movement and, unfortunately, continues today. TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) mask their transmisogyny under the guise of maintaining safe spaces for “real” women, and Long demonstrates how such rhetoric plays right into the exploitation of all women – trans women very much included – committed by mass media, advertising, and capitalism in general. Especially in light of the onslaught of recent murders of trans women of color, we need always to examine where the movements we support enact violence upon trans people.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Ali Abunimah on Netanyahu’s speech to US Congress
Via Electronic Intifada & The Real News Network

Photo via Electronic Intifada.

Photo via Electronic Intifada.

This past Wednesday, Israeli Prime Mister Benjamin Netanyahu made his speech to US Congress, “forcefully denouncing a possible international agreement that would place Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program under strict supervision,” in the words of Pro-Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah. In this video, Abunimah offers a critical analysis of Netanyahu’s speech.

Book Recommendation Awesome projects you should totally check out

Two for you today! One for which you should nominate your favorite Black woman who practices veganism, the other to which you should submit your essays on campus sexual assault.

Nominate for the 2015 Vegan Anti-Racist Change-Maker of the Year
Via A. Breeze Harper

Photo via A. Breeze Harper.

Photo via A. Breeze Harper.

Call for Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival
Via The Feminist Wire

Photo via Whitney Garcia.

Photo via Whitney Garcia.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {2-27-15}

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.

Hello, C&C readers! I hope that your week was manageable and offered some joyous moments. Perhaps you’re now able to relax a bit with some Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)!…or you’ll just get riled up again about the stuff I’m about to share with ya’ll. Either way, you won’t want to miss some mouthwatering noodles and sandwiches, the fight for trans justice, the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, or a book that will have you looking at American slavery in a whole new light. Andiamo! (That’s Italian for “let’s go!)

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Veggie Pad Thai with “Eggy” Tofu & Tamarind Sauce
Via Vegan Miam

Photo via Rika of Vegan Miam.

Photo via Rika of Vegan Miam.

I really appreciate Rika’s approach to creating recipes with origins in cultures other than her own — rather than completely appropriating the dish, she explains its cultural origins, its significance, and why/how her interpretation differs from the authentic dish. Rika does this well in her post about her version of the iconic Thai dish known as Pad Thai, which features crumbled tofu mixed with black salt to achieve the “eggy” flavor and texture included in the original Thai dish. Complete with a tangy tamarind sauce, this dish promises a deep complexity of flavors and textures.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Jackfruit “Tuna” Salad Sandwich
Via Carla Kelly in Vegan al Fresco

Photo via Arsenal Pulp Press.

Photo via Arsenal Pulp Press.

Though I have no photo of this impeccable salad for ya’ll today, I do want to highly recommend that you mash a can of jackfruit with Vegenaise, mustard, dill, seaweed, celery, scallions, and capers; pile it high between two pieces of bread; and top with lettuce and tomato. For those of ya’ll who enjoyed tuna salad as youngins, this recipe is sure to strike all those nostalgic notes, while still maintaining a cultivation of anti-speciesist politics. I’d highly recommend Carla’s cookbook for this dish and more.

Must-Read News Story

No to Prison Industrial Complex: San Francisco’s Trans Community Responds to Brutal Murders
By Toshio Meronek at Truthout

22 JUNE, 2012- Members of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), march in the streets. (Photo: Eric Wagner)

22 JUNE, 2012- Members of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), march in the streets. (Photo: Eric Wagner)

Since the beginning of 2015, at least seven transgender women — most of whom were of color — were reported to be murdered. Yet we don’t hear about it. Their names don’t stick in our minds like those of Eric Garner or Mike Brown. Organizations like the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIP) and Critical Resistance are working to change that, in part by marching in the streets of the Bay Area. We need to follow their lead and demand an end to the injustices committed against trans people on a daily basis, and we can start by preventing each individual murdered from becoming just another statistic. We can learn their names and stories, and share them with others. We can amplify their voices. Here are some recently murdered trans people of color for whom we can do this:

Lamar “Goddess” Edwards
Lamia Beard
Ty Underwood
Yazmine Vas Payne
Taja De Jesus
Penny Proud
Bri Golec
Kristina Gomez Reinwald
Sumaya YSL

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Remembering Malcolm X

Photo via The Shabazz Center.

Photo via The Shabazz Center.

February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, and this week Democracy Now! aired a series of tributes to the legacy of this historic, truly revolutionary activist. You’ll find links to the various video tributes below:

Malcolm X on Democracy Now!: Watch Speeches, Interviews with Activists & Biographer Manning Marable

Grace Lee Boggs on Malcolm X: “He Was a Person Always Searching to Transform Himself”

50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & Friend A. Peter Bailey (Part 1, Part 2)

Book Recommendation

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
By Edward Baptist

Photo via Amazon.com.

Photo via Amazon.com.

Though American historians and the general public alike tend to treat slavery as an isolated incident, independent of the nation’s vast economic success, Edward Baptist in his book explains how the expansion of slavery played the primary role in American modernization and economic growth; i.e., America would not be what it is today if not for the innumerable African Americans whom we enslaved. Perhaps we need to look critically at our professed American virtues of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and instead consider the possibility that our real values lie in torture, violence, and profit over all else.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {2-20-15}

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.

Welcome to the 37th installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews), everyone! Today’s recipes feature some winning flavor combinations, while the stories highlight some truly astounding activists working at the marginalized intersections. Enjooooy.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Easy Sesame Cauliflower
Via My Whole Food Life

Photo via Melissa King.

Photo via Melissa King.

I’m a sucker for basically everything going on in this recipe: that genius combination of tangy, salty, and sweet flavors; starch-thickened sauces; tender cauliflower; a brightening addition of scallions to finish off a dish. Yes, this is one side dish I would happily turn into a whole meal.

Sweet

Matcha Pear White Chocolate Layer Cake
Via Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Photo via Amy Lyons

Photo via Amy Lyons

Show-stopper, amirite? Though I’ve never considered it before, the combination of sweet, champagne-flavored pears with matcha’s mysterious astringence strikes me as rather incredible. When that combo is implemented in the form of cocoa butter-spiked, velvety frosting, I can’t help my jaw from dropping. The recipe calls for a hefty amount of (usually expensive) coconut butter, but I’d wager a guess that the cake would taste just as decadent and fancy-schmancy with the much cheaper Earth Balance vegan butter.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas
Via Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Photo via Heather Poire.

Photo via Heather Poire.

I’ve spoken of my enthusiasm for the Middle Eastern seasoning known as za’atar, but here I am again, highlighting another za’atar-centric recipe (let me know if I start to sound like a broken record). I whipped up a big ol’ batch of these crunchy, brightly seasoned morsels for my cooperative house, and they disappeared within moments.

Must-Read News Story

Black, Queer, Feminist, Erased from history: Meet the Most Important Legal Scholar You’ve Likely Never Heard Of
By Brittney Cooper at Salon

Photo via Associated Press.

Photo via Associated Press.

The deeply embedded structures of white supremacy and heteropatriarchy have a habit of erasing non-white, gender nonconforming groups and individuals from the collective memory—even (or especially?) those groups and individuals who contributed truly groundbreaking work to their fields of work. One such individual, as professor Brittney Cooper points out, is Pauli Murray—the queer Black lawyer who helped to pioneer the legal strategy for fighting gender-based descrimination. Though trans terminology was not available to Murray in the 1930s and 40s (it wasn’t invented until the 1950s), Cooper notes that it is likely that this groundbreaking activist probably would have embraced a transgender identity.

Cooper offers the following regarding the historical erasure of Murray’s work:

“The civil rights struggle demanded respectable performances of black manhood and womanhood, particularly from its heroes and heroines, and respectability meant being educated, heterosexual, married and Christian. Murray’s open lesbian relationships and her gender nonconforming identity disrupted the dictates of respectability, making it easier to erase her five decades of important intellectual and political contributions from our broader narrative of civil rights.”

A good reminder to always center those working at society’s margins in our historical and contemporary memories.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

The Kitty Bella Show
By Katrina Goodlett

Photo via Katrina Goodlett.

Photo via Katrina Goodlett.

I’m not highlighting a specific episode today, but rather an entire podcast. Katrina Goodlett hosts a fabulous radio show that focuses on the activist work of trans people of color, including performance duo DarkMatter, spiritual psychic empath Noah Alvarez, singer/writer Lady Dane, Janet Mock, Monica Roberts, Angelica Ross and many more. I would highly recommend tuning in each Monday.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects That you should totally Check out

Call for Submissions: “On Violence” Issue of Project Intersect
Via Ashley Jo Maier

Photo via Project Intersect.

Photo via Project Intersect.

I’ve featured Project Intersect before on the blog, and am thrilled to let ya’ll know that the radical feminist, anti-speciesist crit-zine is currently seeking submissions for their second issue. This issue will focus on understandings of violence in the context of approaches to radical earth, animal, and feminist liberation. Submissions are due on May 31st, so there’s plenty of time for ya’ll to brainstorm and write!

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {2-13-15}

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.

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to yet another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews). After you load up on creative, starchy goodness (can you say waffles, sweet rolls, & cake?), get ready to confront the U.S.’s deeply embedded ideologies and structures that uphold anti-Muslim and anti-Black racism, as well as heteronormativity and patriarchy. Easy stuff, right folks? See you on the flip side!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Parnsip, Shallot & Chive Waffles Topped with Eggplant & Salsa Verde
Via What’s Cooking Good Looking

Photo via Jodi at What's Cooking Good Looking.

Photo via Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking.

The woefully underrated parsnip (aka my favorite vegetable). The forgotten sibling of the pancake. These two overlooked foodstuffs unite to form a earthy-sweet, crispy, starchy round of yummy comfort in this creative dinner entree. The egg called for in the waffle recipe can be easily replaced by 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tbsp water.

Sweet

Black Sesame Matcha Rolls with Miso-Lemon Glaze
Via Golubka Kitchen

Photo via Anya Kassoff.

Photo via Anya Kassoff.

Include the ingredients black sesame and matcha together, and I’m all over your recipe like static cling is all over socks. Implemented in the form of sticky, sweet, yeasty rolls, these two unique ingredients produce a visually arresting sweet treat. Sub maple syrup or agave for the honey, and you’re golden.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Earth Cake
Via Stephanie Lynn & Minimalist Baker

Photo via Stephanie Lynn.

Photo via Stephanie Lynn.

Yesterday marked the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC)‘s screening of the recently released, groundbreaking documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The film follows filmmaker Kip Anderson as he investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations largely refuse to acknowledge the leading cause of global climate change today, as confirmed by the United Nations: animal agriculture. In keeping with the Earth-centric theme of the film, I baked up a ton of Earth-patterned vegan cake for event attendees, inspired by this DIY tutorial from Stephanie Lynn, and using Dana Schultz’s cupcake recipe. Fun, right?

Must-Read News Story

White Man Murders Three Muslim Students in Chapel Hill
Via Anna Merlan at Jezebel

Image via Deah Barakat.

Image via Deah Barakat.

In not-so-fun news, however, this past Tuesday a white man named Craig Stephen Hicks shot and killed three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Preliminary investigations into Hicks’ motives for the shooting revealed that he had previously expressed anti-religion sentiments on social media. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad had this to say on the topic:

“Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case.”

Following Awad’s words, I think that it’s important to emphasize that this tragic event is not an isolated case of a single prejudiced man, but indicative of a larger culture of hate, fear, and violence against Muslim peoples that has been growing since 9/11.

For more on the story, here are two additional articles from Common Dreams and Al Jazeera.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Mychal Denzel Smith on What’s Wrong About the Ways People Hate Kanye West
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via MTV.

Photo via MTV.

Since my introduction to Mychal Denzel Smith‘s work this past summer, I’ve become a huge fan of his journalism and punditry. He often appears on one of my favorite podcasts, Radio Dispatch, and indeed did so this Wednesday. In the episode, Mychal discusses the racist underpinnings of America’s frustration with Kanye West, both in general and following this year’s Grammy Awards.

Book Recommendation

Queer (In)Justice
By Joey L. Mogul, Andrea K. Ritchie, & Kay Whitlock

Photo via Beacon Press.

Photo via Beacon Press.

This semester I have the immense privilege of taking an Africana Studies course entitled “The Carceral State and Black (Queer and Trans) Bodies,” taught by powerhouse Black & queer activist Darnell Moore, a Managing Editor at The Feminist Wire (and so much more)Queer (In)Justice is our focus text for the semester, and it provides an extensive historical and contemporary analysis of the ways that the criminal legal system has disproportionately targeted queer people of color. A clearly written and highly important book.

In solidarity, Ali.