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.

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

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.

Hi, friends! Happy Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) Day, amirite? Enjoy some spicy, messy tacos before cooling off and cleansing your palate with an intriguingly flavored, dairy-free ice cream that you could totally scoop onto the final recipe featured today (yummm…). In not so yummy news, I’m sharing with ya’ll a phenomenal piece of investigative journalism on the 34 students disappeared in Mexico lat year, the latest in treating police officers as exceptional in the face of murdered Black people, and a must-read scholarly article for any and all white people concerned with racial justice.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Jackfruit Asada Street Tacos
Via Fettle Vegan

Photo via Amber St. Peter.

Photo via Amber St. Peter.

When I can get my hands on it, jackfruit provides me with an ideal ingredient platform for creamy “chicken”-style salads to spread on sandwiches, and for spicy BBQ “pulled pork” to slather on a bun. In these taacos, jackfruit sports a brightly flavored marinade that I can easily envision myself enjoying on my backyard patio in the summertime.

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French Tarragon & Olive Oil Ice Cream
Via The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen

Photo via Steve Dent.

Photo via Steve Dent.

Put herbs in a dessert and I’ll be all over it, especially when that dessert has some creamy-coconutty yumminess goin’ on.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Bread Pudding
Inspired by Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen

Photo via Susan Voisin.

Photo via Susan Voisin.

What do you do when you and your housemate discover over 30 loaves of totally edible bread sitting outside of the dumpster behind a health food store? You take them back to your co-op and stick ’em all in the freezer. And then you start worrying that all this bread is never going to get eaten before we all have to leave campus for the summer in three weeks so you make bread pudding.

Must-Read Article

Ghosts of Iguala–Mexico: Case Unravels in Disappearance of 43 Students
By Ryan Devereaux at The Intercept

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Protestors confront police in front of the 27th Infantry Battalion base in Iguala on January 12, 2015. (Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu/Getty)

I first heard about Ryan’s coverage of this intricate and ongoing story on the Radio Dispatch podcast, and immediately ran over to The Intercept to read his two-part investigation. If you’ve been at all following the case of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico and the larger political context of such an event, this phenomenal instance of journalism is a must-read.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Wisconsin Activists to Continue Protests After Cop Avoids Charges in Killing of Tony Robinson
Via Democracy Now!

Protestors marched for justice for Tony Robinson, and for all black people. Photograph: Michael P. King/AP

Protestors marched for justice for Tony Robinson, and for all black people. Photograph: Michael P. King/AP

Remember back to March when a police officer in my hometown of Madison, WI forced his way into the home of Tony Robinson and fatally shot the Black teenager? Well, big surprise, no charges have been brought against that police officer. I think I’m starting to see a pattern here…

Book Recommendation

White Fragility
By Robin DiAngelo

Photo via The Pundit Press.

Photo via The Pundit Press.

Okay, so it’s not a book, but it’s a really great scholarly article! We read this piece by Robin DiAngelo in a workshop hosted on my college campus on white identity formation and anti-racist work, and it really resonated with my journey as a white person coming to racial consciousness. I’d highly recommend this article to all white people concerned with racial justice (which should be all white people…).

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {5-8-15}

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.

Wowza, we’re already at the 48th edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Below some truly spring-like recipes — both savory and sweet — you’ll find some exciting national security news, a podcast in celebration of this past solidarity-filled May Day, and some updates from the ever-incredible Sistah Vegan Project. Happy Friday!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Radish & Fennel Orzo Salad with Parsley-Lemon Vinaigrette
Via Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

Photo via Michelle Hershman.

Photo via Michelle Hershman.

Yep, the springtime dishes are in full swing over in the vegan recipe blogosphere. Though I seldom encounter a radish that I enjoy, this crunchy, bright salad might just win me over.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake
Via Allyson Kramer

Photo via Allyson Kramer.

Photo via Allyson Kramer.

I would be remiss not to round out the light recipe above with this rich dessert, especially since I’ve found myself on an enthusiastic peanut butter kick lately. And those swirls? Oof, I’m sold.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha-Coconut Frosting
Inspired by Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Photo via hoveringdog.

Photo via hoveringdog.

As a gift to two of my housemates, I whipped out the ol’ Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World to recreate Isa & Terry’s Green Tea Cupcakes. Instead of the glaze called for in the recipe, however, I frosted the cakes with matcha-spiked coconut whipped cream. An ideal spring dessert, if I do say so myself.

Must-Read Article

NSA Phone Surveillance Illegal, Federal Court Rules
By Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams

Photo via Associated Press.

Photo via Associated Press.

Just yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that “the bulk telephone surveillance program operated by the U.S. National Security Agency and revealed in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden is illegal.” The concrete effects of this ruling are not yet clear, as Congress is still debating key sections of the related Patriot Act, but the decision does set a huge precedent against mass government surveillance in the U.S. Check out national security journalist Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed for the latest.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

May Day Special! Labor Shuts It Down From Baltimore to Long Beach
Via Belabored Podcast

Photo via Belabored Podcast.

Photo via Belabored Podcast.

Happy belated May Day! Celebrate (and continue to fight for) labor rights with this episode of the Belabored podcast, which reports on the solidarity marches between #BlackLivesMatter and labor protestors across the nation.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Sistah Vegan Conference Recordings
Via A. Breeze Harper

Photo via Sistah Vegan.

Photo via Sistah Vegan.

In case you missed the phenomenal Sistah Vegan web conference that took place last month, you have the opportunity to access all of the 2-day conference proceedings for $25. All proceeds go directly to A. Breeze Harper, the conference organizer, and the continuation of the Sistah Vegan Project.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {5-1-15}

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.

Today’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) features a roundup of some of the (very sparse) fair reporting on the current situation in Baltimore, as instigated by the police violence committed against Freddie Gray. So get your crisp spring salads, your rhubarb-y desserts, and your fluffy biscuits (because you’ll find that below, too), and gear up to learn in solidarity with the most recent instance of #BlackLivesMatter organizing.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Spring Panzanella with Fresh Peas & Fennel
Via Cookie & Kate

Photo via Kate of Cookie & Kate.

Photo via Kate of Cookie & Kate.

To celebrate the emerging sunny spring days, a crisp salad of seasonal produce paired with crusty whole grain bread seems quite appropriate.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bars
Via Choosing Raw

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

More seasonal produce! Rhubarb is one of those funny veggies that doesn’t stick around for very long but gets a ton of use — mostly in fruity baked goods — when it is available at the market. A big fan of crumble bars, I’d be more than happy to use up all that rhubarb in this recipe.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Best Damn Vegan Biscuits with Magic Vegan Bacon Grease
Via Minimalist Baker & Magic Vegan

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

On May 8, the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) will host a Vegan Bacon Tasting, complete with donations from nine different vegan companies, as well as a couple of recipes I have up my sleeve. One of said recipes is for bacon-infused fluffy biscuits, made with the once unthinkable vegan bacon grease. Dana’s recipe for impeccable biscuits provides a fantastic base for animal-free bacony experimentation.

Must-Read Article

Reporting on Freddie Gray & Baltimore

Photo via John Sham at The Baltimore Sun.

Photo via John Sham at The Baltimore Sun.

If ya’ll haven’t yet heard about this story (which is understandable given the horrendous media coverage it’s gotten), here are the details, from Kate Aronoff at Waging Nonviolence:

“On April 12, Baltimore police chased down 25-year old Freddie Gray after he had “made eye contact” with officers. The exact cause for his arrest is unclear, though police report that he was (not illegally) carrying a knife in his pocket. Post-arrest cell phone video shot by an observer shows Gray limp, the result of a broken leg according to one observer, and screaming out in pain as officers dragged him into the back of a police van. He was held inside the vehicle for 30 minutes, emerging afterwards with severe injuries; Grey died in a hospital one week later, on April 19. At the time of his death, Gray’s spine was 80 percent severed at the neck and his voice box had been crushed.”

Of course, most of the media coverage actually given to the physical violence committed against Freddie Gray and the structural violence committed against the Baltimore community has focused on the protests, condemning them for property destruction, looting, and “rioting.” The articles below provide cogent explanations of why this immediate jump to demonizing the Baltimore protestors constitutes yet another form of violence against Black lives.

‘Structural Looting’ of Black Communities Driving Protesters to Baltimore Streets
By Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams

Police and ‘Black Baltimore’
By Shaun La at Common Dreams

Response to “Black Lives Matter more than chickens’ or cows’ lives, apparently”
By A. Breeze Harper at Sistah Vegan

Having Black Cops and Black Mayors Doesn’t End Police Brutality
By Stacia L. Brown at The New Republic

The Violence in Baltimore Didn’t Start with the Riots
By Rebecca Traistser at The New Republic

Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance
By Ajamu Baraka at Counterpunch

The problem with wanting ‘peace’ in Baltimore
By Kazu Haga at Waging Nonviolence

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Coverage of Baltimore on Democracy Now!

Photo via Matt Roth at NY Times.

Photo via Matt Roth at NY Times.

More on Baltimore and Freddie Gray from one of the few broadcast news outlets giving adequate and fair coverage to the story.

Thursday, April 23: “Running While Black”: Protests Swell over Death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Police Custody

Tuesday, April 28: National Guard Deployed as Baltimore Erupts After Years of Police Violence, Economic Neglect

Wednesday, April 29: “You Can Replace Property, You Can’t Replace a Life”: Voices of the Unheard in the Baltimore Streets

Thursday, April 30: History Repeats? Activist Tom Hayden on Police Brutality Protests from the 1960s to Baltimore

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary’s Medical Fundraiser
Via Triangle Chance for All

Photo via Triangle Chance for All.

Photo via Triangle Chance for All.

Remember that awesome interview I did with Justin Van Kleeck of the Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary a while ago? Well, now you have the chance to help out TCA by contributing to the largest fundraising campaign they’ve ever launched. Read on for details from Justin and Rosemary.

“Triangle Chance for All is happy to announce our $5,000 medical crowdfunding campaign –and thrilled that all donations will be matched by a grant from A Well-Fed World

In the past year of operations, we have spent almost $7,000 on medical care–ranging from surgeries for bumblefoot and broken beaks, to vaccinations and health exams, to prescriptions for infections. This medical bill accounts for nearly half of our total expenses over the past year…

We are asking for your help to raise $5,000 for Guinevere’s Fund, our medical fund named in honor of a beloved young hen who died shortly after arriving at TCA from traumas sustained before she joined our flock.

All donations for this campaign will be matched thanks to a generous grant from A Well-Fed World! With your help and this matching grant, we will be well-prepared to provide the same level of medical care for the coming year to all of our residents. Plus we will be better able to take in new residents and focus especially on rescue-and-placement as a way to get more individuals off of the agricultural assembly line.”

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-24-15}

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.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

“Kitchen Sink” Pasta with Sunflower Seed Alfredo
Via Blissful Basil

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

When in doubt of what to whip up for dinner, I turn to roasted vegetables; sometimes I add a sauce if I start to feel inspired while the veggies take their trip in the oven. This comforting-looking dish from Ashley at Blissful Basil strikes me as quite on par with these go-to dinners…but with the added benefit of being recipe-tested!

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Avocado-Banana Smoothie
Via Choosing Raw

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

I recently learned a fantastic trick of freezing avocados, helpful for when I find grocery store sales but can’t quite figure out how to consume 14 avocados before they turn overripe. Just cut ’em in half, stick ’em in a plastic freezer bag, and freeze away! Perfect for guac, dressings, smoothies — you name it. Paired with another friend from the freezer — a banana — frozen avocados make a delectable breakfast pudding, such as in this one from Gena at Choosing Raw.

Must-Read Article

Despite Skepticism, Europe Will Employ Military Response to Migration Crisis
By Deirdre Fulton at Common Dreams

Survivors of multiple tragedies continue to arrive in Sicily. (Photo: Francesco Malavolta/IOM 2015)

Survivors of multiple tragedies continue to arrive in Sicily. (Photo: Francesco Malavolta/IOM 2015

I wanted to highlight the recent tragedy of 900 refugees dying off of the Libyan coast to offer an alternative perspective to those most prevalent in media coverage of the event.

This semester, I’ve been taking a course called Spaces of Exception, in which we examine how the very structure of the nation-state — the dominant political structure of our contemporary world — necessitates the creation of violent atrocities in that it depends upon the management of the lives of its citizens. In order for the capitalist nation-state to function, it must create “productive” bodies, which depends also upon the creation of non-productive bodies that must be dispensed with . Migrants, refugees, and other stateless peoples are often those deemed the non-productive bodies, so their deaths by atrocities are not an aberration in a nation-state system, but a given.

Therefore, we should not blame European politicians and leaders for this most recent tragedy without also engaging in a reconceptualization of our entire nation-state system. For scholarship on the nation-state system and the violence on which it depends, if you’re interested, I would recommend the works of Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, and Suvendrini Perera.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of New York Parents Revolt Against Standardized Exams
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

With “ed reformists” (i.e., people who want to shut down public schools in favor of charters, with the effect of barring poor children and families from a quality education) becoming more and more powerful thanks to allies in government (I see you, Andrew Cuomo), parents are demonstrating their dissent by opting out of having their children participate in annual standardized testing, understanding that “it gives undue importance to ambiguous data and compromises learning in favor of test prep.” Check out the details of this awesome mobilization in this segment from Democracy Now!.

Book Recommendation

Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body And Primitive Accumulation
By Silvia Federici

Photo via AK Press.

Photo via AK Press.

We’re reading excerpts from Federici’s text in my Social Geography of Healthcare course, and it has provided an eye-opening account of how the historical transition to capitalism has affected the body — particularly the “rebel” body (i.e., the body of people of marginalized identities; Federici focuses primarily on women and peasants in her work). A fascinating — and terrifying — look into how capitalism structures so much more than our economic system; it structures our very selves.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-17-15}

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.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) time! LET’S DO IT!!!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Spinach & Artichoke Soup
Via Connoisseurus Veg

Photo via Alissa Saenz.

Photo via Alissa Saenz.

Do I really need to say much more about this recipe? It’s spinach-artichoke dip in soup form, for goodness’ sake.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Black Bean Brownies
Via Minimalist Baker

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

What does one do when one finds in the fridge an enormous container of cooked adzuki beans that one knows one’s housemates won’t be able to eat before they go bad? One makes an enormous batch of adzuki bean brownies that one’s housemates eat within two days. Mission accomplished.

Must-Read Article(s)

With the Walter Scott police murder weighing on many of our hearts and minds, I want to feature three articles that emphasize the systemic nature of police killings of Black people in a white supremacist society, and that assert an urgent need to move beyond merely circulating videos of such societally embedded violence and toward its meaningful eradication.

White outrage over Walter Scott doesn’t fix black fear of living in racist America
By Steven W. Thrasher at The Guardian

Videos of Police Killings Are Numbing Us to the Spectacle of Black Death
By Jamil Smith at The New Republic

How To Destroy A Black Life: A Step-By-Step Guide
By Aurin Squire at Talking Points Memo

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Poetry by DarkMatter

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DarkMatter is a duo of trans South Asian artists and organizers who write and perform subversive, game-changing poetry that will make you think about the world in whole new ways. I first found out about Janani and Alok’s work when they visited Vassar last year for a performance (fun fact: I had the pleasure of catering a vegan, gluten-free dinner for them!). Check them out at watch all. of. their. videos.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You ShoulD totally Check Out

Robot Hugs

Photo via Robot Hugs.

Photo via Robot Hugs.

A biweekly comic focusing on cats, identity, gender, sexuality, depression, and mental illness, Robot Hugs provides an honest, genuine take on life with which virtually anyone trying to figure out how to navigate this messed up world can identify. Receiving these image-based stories in my inbox every Tuesday and Thursday truly feels like a big virtual hug.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-10-15}

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.

Glad to see ya’ll for another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Today’s recipes are a breakfast-lover’s dream, complete with a savory casserole and decadent french toast. Oh, and of course I had to throw a sandwich in for good measure. As for stories, I’m excited to feature a reminder about the importance of radical humility, an adorable cartoon video about privilege that children and adults alike can enjoy and learn from, and a veganic community gardening project that needs your support. Happy Friday!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Vegan Strata
Via The Leafy Cauldron

Photo via The Leafy Cauldron.

Photo via The Leafy Cauldron.

Traditionally an American breakfast casserole of eggs, bread, and cheese, strata receives a much more animal-friendly makeover in this recipe from the cleverly named Leafy Cauldron blog (any fellow Harry Potter fans out there?). This hearty-looking dish boasts a colorful mess of spring vegetables and whole-grain bread, topped with a creamy custard based in silken tofu. I need to find an excuse to host a brunch party for this one…

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Brownie French Toast with Salted Date Caramel & Almond Butter
Via Vegan Richa

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Photo via Richa Hingle.

Dipping a thick slice of bread into brownie batter, slathering it with nut butter, and drizzling it with date caramel sauce sounds like something that needs to go on my to-do list immediately.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Portobello Truffle Melt
Via The New Chicago Diner Cookbook

Photo via Jonna N. on Yelp.

Photo via Jonna N. on Yelp.

I had the immense pleasure of visiting the infamous Chicago Diner during a weekend family trip a couple of months ago, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to replicate some of their impeccable dishes when my mother gifted me The New Chicago Diner Cookbook for Christmas. This well-crafted dish from the book features succulent marinated & sauteed mushrooms stuffed between two slices of bread, complimented by a layer of truffle oil-infused vegan mayo and a melty slice of vegan cheese. A messy, totally satisfying sandwich.

Must-Read Article

The Myths of US Exceptionalism
By Jack Rasmus at Counterpunch

Image via CagleCartoons.com.

Image via CagleCartoons.com.

Though this article doesn’t explore in-depth the roots of the insidious ideology of US exceptionalism, it does demonstrate in concrete terms some of the reasons why this belief system is completely unfounded. As I explore more and more my positioning in the world, I’m constantly finding more evidence of the importance of cultivating radical humility; this article conveys a smattering of them.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

‘Sometimes You’re a Caterpillar': A Story About Privilege
By Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey & Kat Blaque at RH Reality Check

Photo via RH Reality Check.

Photo via RH Reality Check.

Adorable yet profound in its simplicity. Take three minutes to smile and reflect.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp
Via Eugene Cooke

Photo via Eugene Cooke.

Photo via Eugene Cooke.

With less than two weeks left in his IndieGoGo campaign, Atlanta-based urban farmer Eugene Cooke is requesting support to fund his outdoor community center called the Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp. This veganic farm will further the work of Grow Where You Are, “a dynamic full service provider in the field of local food systems” that “partner[s] with organizations and individuals to bring food abundance to communities.” Check out his project and support his financially, if you can.

In solidarity, Ali.