Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Soy v. Sperm Comment on VegNews October 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 12:03 pm

On page 30 of the Nov & Dec 2008 VegNews, there is an article titled, “Soy v. Sperm.” I found the last part of this excerpt ‘interesting’ and highlighted it in bold font. Any thoughts?

In Newspapers, Magazines, and Blogs are the world, the recent headline said it all: “Tofu a day, sperm goes away.” “Soy vey! Does eating tofu lower sperm count?” And, my favorite, “Soy-anara sperm!”

Journalist just love a good excuse to splash “sperm” across the page- which they did this past summer with porn-start bravado when a study in the online journal Human Reproduction singled out soy as a possible sperm tamer, reducing the potent protein rockets by as much as 41 million per milliliter in guys who ate just one portion of soy every two days.

Forty million! Is that enough to squelch the reproductive dreams of tofu-burger-chomping couples everywhere? Has anyone told Asians about this? Because they eat a ton of soy, most likely for the extra energy they need to keep up with all the children they’re miraculously producing with their lackluster sperm counts.


High Fructose Corn Syrup October 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Royce @ 11:04 am
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So I haven’t posted in quite a while, but classes are more time consuming than I had imagined. Anyway some friends told me about a series of ads for high fructose corn syrup, and one of them really caught my eye:

I just found the beginning of the first ad to be extremly accurate. I don’t know about all of you, but my experience with some white folks is that they judge my eating habits when I’m not the healthiest eater, but eat things I grew up with. Drink is one of those things– I love drink, and I felt like the racial connotations of this ad were obvious. Though some of my white friends didn’t see it as racially charged, all my friends of color definitely did.

And it makes me wonder if white folks judging our diets, and being vocal about it, is a common occurance for a lot of us.


Sistah Vegan Podcast as “90% Racism; 10% Veganism” October 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 5:51 pm

Hi folk,

I found this comment to my Sistah Vegan podcast show quite interesting but not surprising. I’m still trying to understand why my podcasts are “racist”.

“90% racism, 10% veganism

This is one bitter, whiney and non-constructive podcast. If you wanna focus on what “colonialism” has done to the black “diaspora” and never let go, you’ll LOVE this. If you wanna learn about veganism, or get inspired or get ideas about how to help animals, build a better world, or improve your health or environment, you’re wasting your time here.”

If folk have listened to my podcast and actually benefited from it, I’d appreciate positive comments on iTunes. If you go into iTunes store and search for Sistah Vegan Project, my show comes up.

I’m quite impressed but not surprised that if I “dare” talk about these topics within veganism, certain people become hostile then label me as “racist”. In my 2nd to last podcast, I merely reflect on how racism and speciesism in my town happened simultaneously while I was growing up and ask how they are connected to each other; I also ask how reflecting on racism and whiteness can better help AR and Vegan people see these possible links to speciesism. Somehow my podcast ends up being “racist”. And I have made it clear, time and time again, that the Sistah Vegan project looks at how race/racialization/racism, speciesism, and “whiteness as the norm”, intersect with vegan experiences, praxis and philosophies mainly in the lifes of women of color vegans.

I know this is just the comment of 1 person (there are only 2 comments all together), but found it interesting.


black vegetarian society of GA calender of events October 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — nosnowhere @ 6:03 am

via oya:

Black Vegetarian Society of GA

Calendar of Events~

Mark Your Calendars Now! To register or for more information regarding the following programs, contact the numbers or websites listed. Thank you.


Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 2-5 p.m.

WHAT: Breadmaking 101: With or Without Gadgets

HOSTED BY: Oakhurst Community Garden Project

DETAILS: Enjoy an afternoon baking bread with two home bakers, Cynthia Cass and Rhonda Wildman. We will cover everything from grinding the wheat to slicing the loaf and will bring our gaggle of gadgets that have helped make the process easier for each of us. Leave with a loaf of your own. No baking prerequisites for this class.

COST: $25 Garden members, $30 non-members

WHERE: Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur GA 30030, visit http://www.oakhurstgarden. org, (678) 642-4977 ……….


Date: Saturday, October 18Time: 7:00pm

SPEAKER: Historian Ashra Kwesi Returns to AtlantaTOPIC: Sacred Knowledge Stolen from Africa…From Secret Societes, Banking Systems, To King Tut and Beyond

HOSTED BY: The Luvgarden Visit http://www.luvgarden. org, http://www.musicalhealers.
com, 404 250 4703

COST: $10 in advance / $15 at the door

WHERE: Shrine of the Black Madonna, 946 Ralph David Abernathy,Blvd; Atlanta,GA 30310 ……….


Date: Wednesday, October 22Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHAT: Make Your Own MedicineHOSTED BY: Oakhurst Community Garden Project

DETAILS: Plan for the winter months by making your own medicine to help your family through colds and flu. Learn to make tinctures, cough syrups and other helpful tools. Taught by Charli Vogt, RN, MN, MPH, and herbalist has a private practice in Decatur to help people be healthy in mind body and spirit. Charli has a commitment to help you understand how to be independent and care for your family in a concientious way. Charli’s enthusiasm and wide knowledge has students coming back over and over to her classes. Bring containers to carry home the medicine you make.

COST: $25 Garden members, $30 non-members

WHERE: Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur GA 30030

Visit http://www.oakhurstgarden. org, (678) 642-4977 ……….


Date: Monday, October 27
Time: 6-8 p.m.

WHAT: Indian Vegetarian Cooking

HOSTED BY: Oakhurst Community Garden Project

DETAILS: Learn tried and true Indian family recipes with Archna Becker a native of India and owner of the Bhojanic restaurant and ANIC Catering. Archna will introduce you to a full range of spices that are used in Indian cooking with a demonstration on making a cauliflower dish, lentils and rice.

COST: $25 Garden members, $30 non-members

WHERE: Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur GA 30030 Visit http://www.oakhurstgarden. org, (678) 642-4977 ……..


To register or for more information regarding any of the programs, contact the numbers or websites listed. Thank you.


Veganism and Thanksgiving October 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 6:04 pm

I have a question for folk: How do y’all feel about Thanksgiving in the USA? A friend pointed out to me that he practices veganism as a way of compassion, anti-cruelty and harmlessness. Hence, celebrating Thanksgiving to him is “cruel”, simply because of it’s link to Native American genocide in the USA. What is your take on the celebration of Thanksgiving and do you think about these questions he raises at all? Personally, I didn’t grow up in a household that celebrated Thanksgiving (or any traditional USAmerican holidays), so I don’ really have that much to say about it but am wondering about this from people who perhaps were raised in households that celebrated Thanksgiving and how it relates to their vegan philosophy now.



Factory Farming Goes Mainstream October 13, 2008

Filed under: vegan — Kanika Ameerah @ 10:43 pm
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Tomorrow’s Oprah will feature an investigative report involving factory farming.   Here’s a brief description of the show:

Lisa Ling Reports: How We Treat the Animals We Eat

Have you ever wondered what cage-free or free range really means? Lisa Ling takes a rare look inside some of America’s farms. Where does our food come from?


Considering how wide Oprah’s audience is, I am quite elated that she decided to do a show on factory farming.   I highly doubt if masses of people will go veg upon seeing the show, but if mainstream America finally learns where their meat comes from, perhaps there will be an outcry large enough to put a stop to the suffering of farm animals.

I will check out Oprah tomorrow after work if I can (normally, I am home when her show is half-over), but I’d love to see open discourse and reviews from others who have seen the show.  Discuss!  🙂


Cattle, Mavericks, and McCain October 7, 2008

Filed under: vegan — Joselle @ 12:57 pm
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A very interesting article in today’s New York Times on the origin of the word “maverick,” and why the Maverick family would like McCain and Palin to stop bandying about a term they have no business claiming:

“I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,” said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.

In the 1800s, Samuel Augustus Maverick went to Texas and became known for not branding his cattle. He was more interested in keeping track of the land he owned than the livestock on it, Ms. Maverick said; unbranded cattle, then, were called “Maverick’s.” The name came to mean anyone who didn’t bear another’s brand…

It should come as no surprise that Ms. Maverick insists that John McCain, who has voted so often with his party, “is in no way a maverick, in uppercase or lowercase…

“He’s a Republican,” she said. “He’s branded.”

It’s also no surprise that the desperate McCain/Palin ticket, which has co-opted the language and ideals of the Obama/Biden campaign while continuing to mudsling and kick up racist and anti-Muslim sentiments, would appropriate and misuse a term that stands for progressive politics. While Palin “promotes the brutal and unethical aerial hunting of wolves and other wildlife,” she and McCain steal a term that signifies a group of animals that, while not free by any stretch of the imagination, were at least not mutilated.

I’m just hoping the McCain campaign continues to tank. This small article is one more example of why they should. They are all hate and subterfuge and no substance.