Vegans of Color

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

Swine Flu… April 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 10:55 pm

…Okay, I couldn’t resist. I need to understand why why why the mainstream media (and people I meet) don’t seem to understand that the cruel treatment of non-human animals is rooted in pandemics like this. It’s like people are continuously surprised that if you forcefully pack 100,000 non-human animals in industrialized factory farmed facility, loaded with bacteria, torture, germs, etc, it’s a breeding ground for non-human animal to human animal viruses and bacteria….

Michael Greger’s work explored this a few years ago, no?

Just needed to vent…


VegNews is hiring an Associate Editor April 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 12:14 pm

VegNews is hiring! A friend sent this to me. Seriously, if I were not a full time PhD student and tending to a newborn, I’d send my CV to them and propose that I include a monthly section that focuses on the intersections of race, class, and the vegan experience.



“Food Policy and Health” April 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 11:06 pm

This was just emailed to me. I may write something with a vegan spin to it.

The Stanford Law & Policy Review seeks articles or short essays for
publication in the Stanford Law & Policy Review’s upcoming symposium
on “Food Policy and Health.”

The Stanford Law & Policy Review is an academic journal at Stanford
Law School that explores current issues at the nexus of law and public
policy. For each issue we solicit articles from prominent professors,
judges, lawyers, political leaders, regulators, economists, and other
experts (past contributors include then Governor Bill Clinton, Senator
John McCain, and Governor Jeb Bush).

Through this symposium, we would like to explore the many ways United
States policies directly and indirectly related to food have
consequences for national health, broadly-defined. We hope to address
all stages of the supply chain, including production, processing,
transportation, sales and consumption. We would particularly like to
highlight the ways agricultural production and the environment may be
connected to health through food policy.

We welcome submissions on any subject relating to United States food
policy and health including, but not limited to:
Structure and health-related effects of US agricultural subsidies, and
other provisions of the Farm Bill.
Food safety regulation at all stages of supply chain.
Regulations of food production relating to the environment, including
pesticides, agricultural water use, etc. and effects on health, and
other agricultural laws related to health, for example regulation of
antibiotic use.
Policy approaches towards nutrition, including school lunches and
measures aimed at obesity.
Marketing law, including marketing to children; labeling law,
including Country of Origin Labeling; and private labeling standards.
Regulation affecting food security and development of local and
sustainable food systems including zoning law and other regulation
related to urban agriculture.
Additionally, authors will be invited to present their articles at a
live symposium at Stanford Law School during the 2009 – 2010 academic
year. We will begin evaluating submissions for next year’s volume on
June 15, 2009, so please submit your article by that date if you are
interested in contributing. Articles should be between ten and forty
double-spaced pages, not including notes and citations. Please contact
us at your earliest convenience to discuss your submission. To submit
an article, please e-mail it to .


Veggie Pride comes to the UK April 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — johanna @ 9:13 am
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Next month, the first Veggie Pride Parade in the UK (warning: extremely garish webpage) will take place in Birmingham.

I’m still not excited about the use of “pride” by veg*n groups.


Coping with Unwelcoming Second Homes? April 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — dany @ 2:49 pm

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I call “race traitors” lately, or people who have found homes outside of the (social) locations deemed fit according to their race. One of my homes, with out a doubt, is within socially conscious vegan communities that understand animal rights issues to be related to other oppressions. However, within these spaces, there always seem to be people who don’t quite “get it,” and will inevitably offer some unwarrented racist and/or classist statement about people who inevitably “get what they deserved” in any given situation, ignoring the historical legacies or present realities of their material, emotional, and psychological lives.

One of the most traumatic experiences I had during a conversation on a generally conscious, anti-oppression internet community about police violence after the Oscar Grant shooting in January in Oakland. In response to the situation, a white vegan contributed very little to the conversation, announcing: “Apparently, he was a butcher” and suggested that his shooting was “karma”.

Whereas I have found the concept of rejecting expectations of racial social scripts to be useful, I realize that it requires emotionally expecting certain spaces to be “safe spaces,” without necessarily making them as such in a public way. With this, dear readers (and fellow VoC bloggers!) I ask you these two questions:

What experiences of rejection (as a person of color/against people of color) have you experiences/witnessed in (mainstream white) vegan communities?
How have you dealt with this (on an interpesonal level?)
How have you used these experiences to alter the way that you operate within these spaces to make them “safer” for all those who participate?
What sage words of wisdom can you share/


A Belated Congratulations

Filed under: Uncategorized — johanna @ 1:00 pm

This is way overdue, but VOC blogger Breeze Harper recently gave birth to Sun, a baby boy. Congratulations, Breeze!! I’m sure you’re a little busy right now (heh), but if & when you get the chance, I know folks would like to read your thoughts about VOC mamahood.


Vegan Protein Shake/Smoothie Recipes? April 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 2:41 pm

It’s Breeze Vegan Protein Green Monster Shake:

40 oz of water in a blender add: 1/4 cup of Hemp Nutiva Protein powder, 3 to 4 heaping tbsp of Jarrow Brown Rice Protein powder (or Nutribiotic Rice Protein Powder), 1/8 to 1/4 c of flaxseed oil, 1.5 tbsp of spirulina, 1 tbsp of alfalfa chlorophyll (brand: World Organic), 1 banana, 1 avocado.

Blend and enjoy. I usually drink half of the shake, then wait the next half hour to finish it. This shake has about 45-50 g of protein.

Anyone got any recipes they want to share?