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Thug Life Geographies, Vegan Hip Hop, and Sistah Vegan Conference: 2015 Projects in the Works January 3, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 12:54 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

Happy New Year 2015 and welcome to the new Sistah Vegan Website. Search around the new site to find out what we have to offer. Many thanks to Elise Aymer for revamping the website!

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For more information about Sistah Vegan 2015 April 24-25 Conference please click on the title: “The Vegan Praxis of ‘Black Lives Matter’Challenging Neo-Liberal Whiteness While Building Anti-Racist Solidarity Among Vegans of Color and Allies (Before, After, and Beyond Ferguson)“.

For those of you who have not yet watched a lecture that best represents what my new book will be about, you can watch the talk I gave at Middlebury College, from 2014 Fall, right after this paragaph. NOTE: The audio was horribly recorded, so I apologize for that. If you can, wear headphones with the volume on high. I am unable to do CC for hearing impaired people, but I’m working on making this a…

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Black Feminist Praxis As Christmas Carols: Black Lives Matter in Song December 27, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 2:19 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

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wpid-img_20141220_162758.jpg LaJuana of Free Marissa Now Bay Area group showing her support. December 2015.

Vibeka Lyman created these wonderful lyrics to sing in public to create awareness and action around Marissa Alexander. See a couple of the activists from my group Free Marissa Now Bay Area chapter sing in front of a movie theater in Berkeley, CA on Christmas Day. Please take action during this holiday season, and go out and sing these carols while holding signage that that depicts text and/or image of ‘Free Marissa Now’. If you are only finding out about this campaign now, please see my older posts here to get caught up. Like I mentioned before, in previous posts, Free Marissa Now Alexander is my Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter. What is yours? . And if you can, please donate to this amazing group to help Marissa get the free and justice she should get. Let’s…

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Employment and Volunteer Opportunities with Dr. Harper and Sistah Vegan Project September 16, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 1:29 pm
 

Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities July 20, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 9:28 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

I went to the Live Oak Festival in Berkeley today. The only stand that I was really interested in was PM Press, located in Oakland, CA. I knew I was on to something when I saw pro-vegan and anti-racism books on the same table. The man tabling was named Steven Stothard (I will admit it that it is not often that I meet white guys with a BA in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality studies).

So, folk are always asking me what I am reading to work towards liberation. Well, here are some titles from PM’s table that I will be starting this month. I am really excited about all of them, but am most excited about Don’t Leave You Friends Behind. Here is description of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind:

A collection of suggestions, tips, and narratives on ways everyone can support parents, children, and caregivers involved in social…

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Foraging in my neighborhood: is it a privilege?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 9:26 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

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I like to forage while I walk from home to get the kids from nursery school. I push them back up the hill in our double stroller and it takes 80-90 minutes. On the way, we eat herbs and fruit that grow every where. Plums, Meyer lemons, figs, blackberries, rosemary, and lemon verbena to name a few.

Yesterday I passed by a beautiful bush with clear purple berries. See photo above. Do you know what it is?

Is foraging a privilege or not? I feel like it is for me, for the most part. I live in North Berkeley. Most people who have a house here can afford a little land and have it landscaped professionally. For the renters of apartments and homes, the landlords do the same to the land. They have edible plants planted, but it seems more aesthetic than to eat for these residents. Why do I…

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Race-consciousness, Hip Hop, and Veganism: A New Sistah Vegan Book Project Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 9:25 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

Here is an update to my newest project:

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Title: “G’s Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix).

Some of you have asked why would I use “hoes” in my title. “Isn’t that sexist and misogynistic, Breeze?” So, let me make it clearer (especially if you have not watched my Oberlin May 2014 talk that explains this). Well, I am actually not referring to Snopp Dogg’s song from 20 years ago, but DJ Cavem’s song from his Produce Section: The Harvest album from 2012. DJ Cavem is a vegan and expert gardener who teaches youths about being ecoconscious, cooking veganism, and awareness around the prison industrial complex. DJ Cavem uses “Gs” to mean “Organic growers” and “hoes” literally as the gardening tool to cultivate healthy and strong communities.

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Book Description: Vegan mainstream rhetoric often falls into a post-racial…

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The Fork in the Road: Ruminations on My Birthday June 5, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 3:40 pm

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

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Updated: May 30, 2014 10:25 AM PST

Today, May 30, is my birthday. What a wonderful year it has been! I gave birth to my third child, Kira Satya, on November 5, 2013. Another successful vegan pregnancy, she came into the world at nearly nine pounds. My birthday wish for this year is simple: Can you help me continue doing my work by funding the project or pointing me to people you think would benefit from hearing me give lectures or act as a consultant? Thank you to everyone who helped me reach 4.5% of my goal over the last 12 months.  Thank you to those who donated in other ways, such as editing my new book as well as creating a brilliant cover for (wahoo to Sarah Dorsey who shares the same birthday) the new manuscript, guiding me through difficult times, or watching my children while I was writing a new…

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