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.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-3-15}

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.

Before launching into today’s #NewsandChews, I want to remind ya’ll 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.

Friday means Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Thanks for stopping by. :) Today I want to share with ya’ll a surprisingly original and jam-packed sandwich, a decadent yet simply made custard, and unequivocally the best mac & cheese I’ve ever eaten. As for stories, we’re talkin’ Indiana, “feelings journalism,” and postcolonial scholarship. Enjoy!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe.

Savory

“The Veggie” Sandwich: Sunflower Seed Tzatziki, Golden Beets with Sumac, Avocado, & Sprouts
Via Faring Well

Photo via Jessie at Faring Well.

Photo via Jessie at Faring Well.

This rainbow-hued sandwich is bursting in textural contrasts, with creamy sunflower seed tzatziki sauce, tender yet toothsome roasted beets, smooth avocado, and refreshingly crunchy sprouts. I would like to cram this into my mouth riiiiight….now.

Sweet

Pumpkin Seed Butter Custards
Via My Sweet Faery

Photo via Geraldine Olivo.

Photo via Geraldine Olivo.

I’m a huge sucker for creamy desserts (ice cream, pudding, custard, and the like), and this one looks quite versatile. Switch out the pumpkin seed butter for peanut or almond butter, the vanilla extract for almond or peppermint, and of course the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar—and you have yourself an infinitely adaptable sweet treat.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Plum’s Spicy Mac n’ Yease
Via Vegan Richa

Photo via Richa Hingle.

Photo via Richa Hingle.

I’ve made this mac & cheese as a baked dish for my housemates twice now, and both iterations have elicited resounding praise. Seriously, they can’t get enough of this stuff, and for good reason: I don’t exaggerate when I say that this recipe yields perhaps the cheesiest, smoothest, most savory vegan cheese sauce I’ve ever encountered. I prefer to make it a non-spicy mac by substituting the red pepper flakes and cayenne for onion powder.

Must-Read Article

It’s Not Helpful to Tell Indiana Residents to ‘Just Move to a Blue State’
By Cynthia R. Greenlee

Photo via Shutterstock.

Photo via Shutterstock.

In the midst of well-deserved criticism of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana has been the target of nationwide boycotts and media attention. However, a substantial amount of the backlash has been leveled at Indiana residents themselves, as though their state were inherently “backward” or inferior to more self-proclaimed “progressive” states (who also, please note, deal with their fair share of discrimination against various marginalized groups). This well-written article by Cynthia R. Greenlee eloquently drives home this point, which I feel is a super important one to bring into the debate currently being waged surrounding Indiana.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Sarah Jaffe on Politics and Feelings
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via Sarah Jaffe on Twitter.

Photo via Sarah Jaffe on Twitter.

Ever since I began listening to her and Michelle Chen on the Belabored Podcast, Sarah Jaffe has become one of my favorite pundits on labor, economic justice, and social movements in general. On this episode of Radio Dispatch, Sarah speaks about the recent upsurge of so-called “feelings journalism,” and critiques it as a privileged phenomenon that seeks to explain away the experiences of others based on how one…well, just feels about it. A great listen.

Book Recommendation

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference
By Dipesh Chakrabarty

Photo via Princeton University Press.

Photo via Princeton University Press.

One of my courses this semester has turned me into an enormous fan of postcolonial scholarship for its views on how to conceptualize the world in a way that radically decenters Europe and Eurocentric thought. In this book, Chakrabarty calls into question the concepts of modernity, historicism, and a rationality that dismisses the spiritual realm (among many other topics). This one will have you rethinking…well, just about everything.

In solidarity, Ali.

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!

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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)

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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.