Right now I am posting from my tablet because I cannot use WordPress on my chrome , safari or Firefox browsers. Nothing fully loads. Any suggestions why I can’t create new content or load anything fully?
See below when I try to create a new post and it does this bee bop thing forever. I restarted, I cleared my cache and even updates to El Capitan since this started two days ago.
DJ Cavem’s new music video is out. Listen and watch. Things to thinks about:
(1) Prison Industrial Complex targeting communities of color
(2) What it means when the little boy at the end learns that they open up a new jail but closed down the school
(3) Instead of investing money in buying drugs, what would it be like if one invested resources/money into buying healthy fresh produce to re-build communities?
(4) The little black boy is not deterred as he walks through/pass the prison, Burger King, illegal drug transactions; the little boy makes it to his community garden to plant and build community.
And yea, once again, DJ Cavem is an amazing example of what a holistic, anti-racist, anti-PIC, decolonial, environmental justice approach to veganism looks like. Comprehensive, not one-dimensional, and not about buying ‘cool’ vegan packaged products, or constantly talking about going vegan to ‘look young’ and ‘get skinny’.
This is vegan hip hop music for the people. A lot of post-racial [mostly white] vegans kind of don’t get that veganism needs to look like the above for the collectivity of Black and Brown folk in the USA.
Yesterday I felt terrific. I was glowing and feeling healthy. I asked my husband to take a photo of me. 2 days before, I looked quite different (‘sickly’, which, for me, means looking dehydrated and ashy, with dark circles under my eyes)
I had beaten an oncoming cold that my 22 month old had given me (who got it from her siblings from school). I used ginger, garlic, nettles, catnip, and cat’s claw herbs to fight it off. I swear by these herbs for me. Other things I like to do and recommend:
Take the sugar and coffee out of your diet. Replace with mostly high quality plant-based proteins and lots of greens like kale.
Sugar weakens the immune system so take it out. I removed the sweets and replaced most of my meals and snacks with mostly dark leafy greens and protein. Viruses love caffeine, so take it out of your diet. Below is the super green smoothie I drank with my breakfast and lunch. Using a high-quality blender, like a Vita-Mix, is highly recommended to finely grind the kale and ginger root. Ginger is essential to boost the immune system, but it also helps most of us digest raw or lightly steamed cruciferous vegetables like kale.
I made Elderberry tea and drank it 3 times a day. Elderberry is a superb anti-viral and immune system-boosting berry. I buy my organic Elderberries in bulk because the syrup they have in the stores are pricey. Be sure to decoct your Elderberries for at least 20 minutes, as sometimes Elderberries can cause illness if they are eaten raw. I always use organic Elderberries. However, if you prefer to use a high quality Elderberry syrup over making your own tea, that is fine too and a little more convenient.
500 mg of Vitamin C per Day.
I took 500mg of vitamin C each day.
I took a Goldenseal tincture 3 times a day. Like Elderberry, it’s a superb immune system booster and anti-viral herb. My brand of choice is Herb Pharm. I prefer the glycerite, as alcohol-based tinctures tend to make me feel sicker.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
I drank 1tbsp of apple cidar vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water, 3x a day. Apple cider vinegar helps to prevent the virus from replicating any further, once it enters your body. You must use apple cider vinegar and not any other form.
With the oncoming cold season, what are your favorite herbs and food to boost your immune system?
Good luck and happy wellness to you and your family!
It took awhile for me to post these, but just wanted to say that my most memorable experience at the San Francisco Pride 2015 was watching Alicia Garza (co-founder of Black Lives Matter) and her supporters pass by. She was honored as a Community Grand Marshall. Black Lives Matter was the inspiration behind the Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter conference that took place in April 2015. Here are photos from Pride and I’ll leave it at that.
everybody just needs to get along plain and simple. Why make it more complicated than that? Race this, race that, blah blah blah, religion and borders and politicians divide us, when you see the big picture you will understand. Go out and hug someone no matter what they look like or their background, people are people, learn to love animals first though because they are the unvoiced ones that need our love. As for bashing people with confidence… come on now, really? Grow up people, it’s time to grow the fuck up and start bonding for the animals, not for us humans.
-Says the person who is annoyed with me (A. Breeze Harper) for opening up my heart about racial micro-aggressions while pregnant and trying to do both anti-racism and critical animal studies.
This was one of 121 comments to this video that I posted more than 4 years ago.
Have you ever poured your heart out about the macro or micro racial aggressions you have experienced? How it’s accumulated and caused you pain and suffering? After doing that, have you ever been told to ‘grow up’ or ‘Stop being a weak brain-washed negro?’ Have you been attacked from all sides when all you need is love, compassion, and understanding? With videos like the below, I have been contacted by many Black ‘conscious’ people who explain to me that I’m a brainwashed negro and need to ‘wake up’…I’ve been contacted by white people to stop playing the race card and grow the ‘fuck’ up. Have you experienced this at all? I find it very un-loving and confusing, but that is just me. I can’t tell you how many times I have experienced this. And yes, when self-identified ‘conscious’ Black people tell me I’m ‘brainwashed’ for being so ‘weak’ to let white people ‘get to me’, I consider this a racial macro-aggression too for not being a certain type of ‘strong black woman’ for opening up my heart about my mental health as an anti-racism educator within vegan, mostly white, spaces. This isn’t micro-aggressive to me at all. These are flat out macro-aggressions and I always wonder if those who employ these tactics actually expect people like me to be ‘cured’ of whatever it is that they think is ailing me from being the ‘right’ type of Black person. I do the opposite. When I encounter these tactics, most of the time I just want to I run away or feel like I should be ashamed for being human with a big emotional heart.
I so suspect that a lot of these comments simply have to be trolls. Look at Northern Light below who commented less than 24 hours ago, in response to another white person. Seriously, this has to be a troll, right?
I wanted to alert folk to an exciting new project. Understanding race has been one of the key elements of the Sistah Vegan Project. Many of our fans are bi-racial or multi-racial identified; and/or they are parents of bi-racial or multi-racial identified children. We often talk about culinary traditions growing up from multi-racial perspectives.
Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide
This is the video trailer for the book Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide.
For 2016, I have decided that the theme for my next conference will be From Seed to Table[t]: Foodie+Tech Culture 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…
Yesterday, Queen Afua posted this on her Facebook page. Why does she keep on repeating this cis-sexist and heteronormative ‘advice’ on how to be ‘healthier’ Black woman? This is just inexcusable. And quite dangerous and irresponsible. Completely pathologizes the entire spectrum of gender identities, gender expressions, sexualities, etc that don’t adhere to cis-sexist heteronormative notions of being human. Too many people on her page support it too. This plants seeds of hate and gives permission to enact violence (whether discursive or physical) upon those who don’t fit into her rubric of a ‘healthy Black conscious’ nation. So dangerous. Blows my mind. This is her concept of veganism but it is not the Sistah Vegan Project’s. This is not ‘non-violence’ or ahimsa (the tradition of veganism that the Sistah Vegan Project draws from). I am quite disappointed but not surprised by this continued ‘advice’. Defining who is a real man or woman is unacceptable. I think Janet Mock’s interviews and writings speak volumes to this cis-sexist framing of a real woman or real man. Check out the blog Afro-Gender Queer, a Black vegan and one of our Anti-Racist Vegan Change-Maker awardees of 2015 who also gave a spectacular presentation for our Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter 2015conference. The images above blow my mind with the narrative that Queen Afua has given to them. I am not an expert on this subject by no means and there are plenty of people who are non-conforming gender or transgender identified who know that Queen Afua’s framing simply adds to the violence they must navigate in a USA (and beyond) that is cis-sexist.
Just really disappointing and very unsettling because these are seeds she is planting that are no going to grow love, only hate and intolerance amongst a large population of Black cis-sexist people who seem to be conscious around systemic racism (as it affects cisgender Black people) but are unconscious about the gender spectrum and their collusion with the systemic violence against non-conforming gender and transgender people. Please read more about this in SPLC’s Intelligence Report about this. And stop being silent about this. If you disagree with Queen Afua but are too scared to say it as a cisgender identified person, you are part of the problem.
Question: Was the ‘Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter’ essentially ‘All Lives Matter’?
It would be great to hear from people who attended The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter if this is the impression they got (after reading the article below). The person who wrote this article below did not attend the conference but they did want to write about the meaning of the conference and poster (see above). This is quite challenging if you didn’t attend the conference and instead, analyze a poster that was meant to represent multiple systems of oppression and intersectionality; that it was not designed to ‘equate’ black people as the same as bulls. As a matter of fact, I make this clear during the conference that we are talking intersectionality and not comparisons.
In addition, the conference speakers made it clear how “black lives matters” is important to use versus ‘all lives matter’ (which is a racial micro aggression) because the latter erases the specific systemic racism and anti-blackness experienced by Black people in the USA . We also discussed Emory Douglas’ work about the use of ‘pigs as cops’ without ever being angry and saying we are ‘offended’. If you attended the 45 minute talk, we discusses how amazing Emory Douglas’s work is and understand why black people used ‘pigs as cops’ because of police brutality. We also asked what an anti-police brutality method can look like without the negative use of ‘pigs’. We asked how we can build on Douglas’s work– not tear it apart.
My dissertation also explains why and how it is completely understandable and logical why comparing black struggles to non-human animals is problematic; and why Afro-centric veganism tends to focus on plant-based diets without much focus on anti-speciesism (the author has not read my dissertation).
If you did attend the conference, please read this article and let me know if this was your impression. Our intention was that opposite of what the author wrote so it’s interesting that despite the intention, this is what came across to her (reminder, she did not attend the conference). Please do not write nasty comments about the author. Please do not feel compelled to defend me. I’m asking the opinion of those who attended the conference to read the below article and share your own conclusions and interpretations. Thanks Check Your Activism for writing this and letting me know that you interpreted the entire intention of my conference as something I had never intended. I appreciate it. I do not agree, but I appreciate the time you took.