Learn From, Connect With and Donate to These VOC Organizations Already Doing the Work (part 1)
Hi there, everyone!
This is part one of a continued series. Consider this the Black Feminist Vegan starter guide to vegan activism as a praxis for Black feminism.
I say this because not only do these organizations/collectives provide essential vegan resources to Black and Brown communities while working to alleviate human and non-human oppression, but they also have informed so much of my vegan activism. From now on, I will probably send people here for resources on current topics within vegan food justice and vegan activism. Most importantly, I’ll send ’em here for the purpose of effective vegan transition resources that center Black and Brown experiences.
So, if I sent you here….. heyyyyyy! Thanks for coming!
For each org/collective, I will highlight three resources that I feel particularly helped me on my journey to becoming, and evolving as, a very passionate Black vegan activist.
Food Empowerment Project
Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. We encourage choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, the unavailability of healthy foods in communities of color and low-income areas, and the importance of not purchasing chocolate that comes from the worst forms of child labor. Check out this brochure.
Afro Vegan Society
Afro-Vegan Society is a non-profit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Through community engagement, event planning, providing vegan resources, and writing, AVS is working to make the vegan lifestyle accessible, affordable, and approachable in predominately black areas and neighborhoods. We focus our efforts on working exclusively with black people and communities, and embrace Afrocentric art, culture, and ideas.
Afro-Vegan Society is empowering our community by using veganism as a tool to overcome systemic race-based oppression shared among those who have a common African ancestry.
Thrive Baltimore and The Greener Kitchen
In addition to those significant resources, Afro-Vegan Society actively improves vegan access, awareness and education through two amazing community venues.
The first being Thrive Baltimore which is a community resource center that is run by a collective of food, environmental and social justice activists, our mission is to provide education, resources and support to anyone interested in adopting a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.
Part of Thrive Baltimore’s mission is to provide free plant-based cooking demos, nutrition lectures, food tastings, film screenings and other fun, informational programming in an open, socially conscious environment that makes it a space where all are welcome. Thrive is dedicated to encouraging people to make healthier, kinder choices that will enable them to live more conscious lifestyles. Click here to check out their upcoming events!
Next, we have the Greener Kitchen– Baltimore’s first all-vegan deli and carry out. The Greener Kitchen describes their purpose as delivering on our promise to bring affordable, sustainable, and healthier food to those who need it.
As a plant-based cooperative kitchen, vegan food distributor, deli, and caterer, their mission is to completely transform Baltimore’s food landscape.
I love Afro-Vegan Society because they are actively closing the gap within their community that we as Black and Brown vegan activists are raising awareness for. Definitely connect with them in some way if you are ever in the DMV. Jamila and Brenda are both such amazing, beautiful Black vegan activists!
I truly hope that this resource is helpful to you in some way on your vegan journey as a Black/Brown person! In my journey as a young Black vegan, I have definitely learned that it is most helpful to our end goal support activists that are alleviating the issues that we recognize prevent access to veganism in Black/Brown communities instead of working over ourselves, we can get in where we fit in to help the movement expand and progress in the direction of complete and collective liberation.