Vegans of Color

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

Fairy Tales and Cowlifornia Nightmarin’: Who Else is Sick of the Sugarcoating of the Endless Nightmare of Systemic Oppression? August 6, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 3:18 pm

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I am sitting at Coffee Conscious cafe in Berkeley CA right now. A truck just pulled up and parked on the side of the road. It is a Clover Farms truck filled with cow dairy milk products. I took a picture and added my own text to what I would like the truck add to reveal.

Nothing is as infuriating as constantly being bombarded with imagery that continues to create myths around the lives of non-human and human beings who are exploited, abused, and suffer immensely to fulfill the desires of certain human beings within a capitalist system– because capitalism cannot be ‘successful’ without these constant fairy tales and myths that distract one from what is really going on.

Just wanted to remind many of you that most white people found comfort in the myth that Black cisgender women’s bodies and reproductive purpose were there to make white Americans happy and thrive…

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SisTot Vegans: Fair Trade Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the 4 year Old’s Birthday Party August 2, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 11:04 pm

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Here is the the kick-off blog piece for SisTot Vegans.

Kira-Satya, My 21 month old daughter, enjoying a cupcake. Kira-Satya, My 21 month old daughter, enjoying a cupcake.

I made these yesterday morning for my 4 year old’s birthday party. They were a fantastic hit, enjoyed by everyone. I surprised quite a few non-vegan folk who didn’t know that it was possible to make a superior tasting cupcake without eggs, animal based butter, and animal based milk.  I enjoyed photographing my masterpiece.

I got the chocolate cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Save the World via Chow website.  I did my own modifications for the recipe. Because the birthday party was for 2-6 years olds, I thought it would be a good idea to reduce the sugar that the recipe calls for by 50% and replace it with coconut sugar which has a low glycemic index and can prevent the crash and burn hyper kid syndrome that many…

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‘Grow Your Own Food, Be Sustainable…[Just Be Out by Sundown if You Don’t Look Like Taylor Swift]’ July 27, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 10:37 pm

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The above image is satire. I created it because…

I am on a community food listserv (Comfood). I am also on my community Critical Race and Food Studies list serv. The other day, I sent an email to the wrong listerv (the Comfood one).

On July 24th 2015 I wrote:

Good morning,

I was wondering if people who post events on this list would be willing to let everyone know if the event happening is occurring in a ’sundown’ town. I know ’Sundown’ laws are technically illegal this day in age, but just because it’s illegal to post such signage doesn’t mean it isn’t happening through the USA.



 I immediately sent an apology

I sent that last request about sundown towns to this comfoods listserv by mistake. I thought I had sent it to the community critical race food studies listserv.



First of all, it didn’t…

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[EVENT] From Seed to Table[t]: Food+Tech in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism (Challenges and Possibilities)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 10:37 pm

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In May of 2015 I wrote an article that interrogated the role of Foodie+Tech culture within an era of neoliberal capitalism and a racist food system. A surprisingly high number of you privately emailed me to express enthusiasm and appreciation for me having written this article. In addition, having attended quite a few food+tech (or similar) events in the SF Bay area over the last few years, the assumption during most of these events is that we live in a ‘post-racial’ USAmerican [food] system.

For 2016, I have decided that the theme for my next conference will be From Seed to Table[t]: Food+Tech in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism (Challenges and Possibilities). I could not be more thrilled! I have also decided to make the big move and host the conference through my consulting company Critical Diversity Solutions(CDS) with the Sistah Vegan Project being a co-organizer and…

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Must I Be Killed By a Racist Cop While Traveling to a Vegan Event for You to Finally Get it? July 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 12:42 pm

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Book signing Sistah Vegan(Photo: Dr. A. Breeze Harper doing a book signing of Sistah Vegan at Farm Sanctuary, Orland CA Summer 2010)

I just wanted to humbly celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society (Lantern Books 2010).

In the photo above, it was my first talk I gave about the book at Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA. I talked about whiteness. I cannot believe it’s been 5 years since it was published.

And my Sun isn’t a baby anymore. He’s 6, but still sits on my lap.


Take time to watch the video from Farm Sanctuary and let me know if you think there has been progress or not over the past 5 years when it comes the mainstream AR and vegan spaces actively trying to dismantle systems os racism, whiteness and speciesism at the same time.

And been thinking a lot…

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Dreams of Silver Spoons of “Normative Whiteness” and Its Continuum of Racialized Collateral Damage/Violence July 20, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:35 am

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I posted this LAST night but meant to schedule it to be posted on the morning of July 16 2015. So, I wanted to repost:

[I posted this LAST night but meant to schedule it to be posted on the morning of July 16 2015. So, I wanted to repost]

I had a dream last night.

More like a nightmare.

I was back at Dartmouth College, my undergrad alma mater that I attended with my twin brother in the mid 1990s.

Dartmouth College Green.

In the dream, my brother was walking across the college green and 3 white male students were yelling, ‘Nigger go home’ at him. It didn’t end well and they tried killing him with silver spoons and succeeded.

I had a vision of him in the ‘afterlife’ and his spirit was on the Dartmouth College green where he had been killed…but he didn’t realize he had…

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[Racial Reality] Check Out At a Berkeley Organic Grocery Store…and the Challenge of ‘White’ Apology vs. Engaged Compassion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:28 am

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I created the image above after my racial reality check out at a Berkeley organic grocery store the other day. I had my 1, 3 and 6 year olds in tow. They were helping me pick out their organic vegan treats for the playground. The store is located in a predominantly white area of Berkeley. I rarely see Black patrons there. Oh, and for those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, I am a Black American cisgender woman with two daughters and a son.

Usually, after I am done paying for my groceries, my 3 and 6 year olds always ask the person working at the register for a sticker. There is a very kind Black woman who works there with a very big heart. She was stationed at the register that day. I see her there at the store all the time and she is always asking…

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