Posts tagged ‘veganism’

1/26-27/2019

Connecting vegan

Thought to all social justice

Where y’all been on this

Defensive eaters

Of meat calling vegans out

on privilege, soy

I remember when

called racist for connecting

Oppression of all

Really glad I got to see Carol J. Adams speak yesterday at the Vegan72 event in Richmond. Venue was awkward/too crowded but to hear someone who’s work I have admired for so long (since college so at least 10+ years now) was awesome, and it was a great refresher. So thankful to the organizers and glad so many people made it out to the event.

Vegan72 Celebration in RVA -Jan 26

Hey y’all!

Local Vegan Action in Richmond has a 72 hour vegan event coming up later this month. Most of the 72 hours is various restaurants featuring vegan food. I am most excited about the event on Saturday the 26th from 12-6 at the Highpoint. Author Carol J. Adams will be speaking! I read many of her books years ago and think her work is super important and great. There will also be a vegan Bazaar and talk from the Herbivorious Butcher folks too!

More here: https://m.facebook.com/events/588093024958607

If you are vegan and want to get a little bit more political about it, want to explore the intersectionality of animal rights with other causes, want meet local vegan friends, or just want some tasty snacks, this event is going to be great!

If you aren’t vegan this is a great opportunity to come learn more about the vegan diet, politics, and lifestyle!!!

Vegan72 Celebration in RVA -Jan 26

Hey y’all!

Local Vegan Action in Richmond has a 72 hour vegan event coming up later this month. Most of the 72 hours is various restaurants featuring vegan food. I am most excited about the event on Saturday the 26th from 12-6 at the Highpoint. Author Carol J. Adams will be speaking! I read many of her books years ago and think her work is super important and great. There will also be a vegan Bazaar and talk from the Herbivorious Butcher folks too!

More here: https://m.facebook.com/events/588093024958607

If you are vegan and want to get a little bit more political about it, want to explore the intersectionality of animal rights with other causes, want meet local vegan friends, or just want some tasty snacks, this event is going to be great!

If you aren’t vegan this is a great opportunity to come learn more about the vegan diet, politics, and lifestyle!!!

Winter Time: Cabin Fever Got You Down?

While I wasn’t discussing veganism tonight, I was simultaneously painting my dining room and writing about painting my dining room! Pictures from some of my past projects and tips on how to get started painting included! And if you aren’t up to doing it yourself, I can always be hired ; )

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/01/winter-time-cabin-fever-got-you-down.html

Eating Vegan On The Cheap in Richmond

This was originally something I published as a zine. I just wanted to get the information out there more since I’ve almost run out of copies!

Eat Vegan

on the Cheap

in Richmond

Many folks I have talked to about veganism share a similar complaint/concern. They are worried about it being affordable.

And let’s be real- there are many ways that veganism is presented in a classist way.

Some examples:

I have a bunch of vegan cookbooks that call for ingredients that are just totally obscure. I’ve been vegan for 10 years and I’ve never used them. These sorts of cookbooks/recipes can make veganism seem really intimidating and inaccessible to folks.

Another reason veganism can seem classist is definitely the unchecked privilege often found amongst vegans. There are plenty of militant asshole white-dude vegans, for example, who give other people a hard time for not being vegan in shitty ways. These types of folks (though clearly not limited to just white dudes) give the rest of vegans a bad name.

There are some things about a vegan diet that can make it less accessible for low-income people. But there is also a ton of kind of urban legend/misconception type stuff around veganism. This isn’t going to be a total coverage of all info relating to these topics. This zine is for folks interested in eating vegan, and want to/ need to be able to do it on a low-income. I am totally into having these conversations with people though if you want! My contact info is at the end of the zine, let me know what concerns you!

First though, I do want to take a little bit to briefly touch on some of the (many) things that can make eating vegan difficult for folks.

Food Deserts:

“A food desert is a district with little or no access to foods needed to maintain a healthy diet but often served by plenty of fast food restaurants.” wikipedia entry on food deserts. Check out more about the significant and intersectional issue here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_desert

Living in a food desert basically means in this context that it is a lot more difficult for people to access vegan food. There are all kinds of transportation and expenses related to accessing a real grocery store if you live in a food desert, and believe me, the corner store does not provide all of the things a vegan needs to survive.

If you are vegan, and have the ability, (or even if you aren’t vegan), you can take action to try to get more fresh produce and food into food deserts. Simply creating access where there wasn’t access before is both an act of vegan activism and social justice. You can organize a Food Not Bombs meal, or just produce distributions in neighborhoods where people lack access to healthy food. Talk to people to see where the need is, and what the community wants.

Time is Money:

Even when vegan food is affordable and accessible, there is the further complicating factor of whether or not someone can afford the time it can take to cook much of their own food. The convenience of fast food, prepared foods etc. which are mostly available in non-vegan forms is something that folks working multiple jobs, busy with families and kids, taking care of elders, going to school while working, etc. can understandably want to take advantage of. Folks who are low-income, or any of the things listed above, or other things not listed, often are already pretty stressed out, busy, and might not feel like they have the time or energy to make home-cooked meals all of the time. And home-cooked food is certainly one of the healthier, cheaper ways to eat a vegan diet.

There are plenty of other challenges, and I might go into them more in a later version of this zine. But I am a procrastinator, and I want to have resources to offer folks tomorrow- so I’m going to start into the ideas for how to deal with the challenges and difficulties of being vegan on a low income! (more…)

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