Learn From, Connect With and Donate to These VOC Organizations Already Doing the Work (part 2)
Hi there, everyone!
This is part two 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.
“Sanctuary Publishers is a vegan book publisher that aims to create vegan books that inspire change for the betterment of our world for people, for non-humans, nature, and our world as a whole. Every book sold helps support marginalized communities.
As vegans of color, we believe in inclusiveness and intersectionality in our fight against oppression. Because of this, sanctuary has taken an even deeper meaning as we continue to expand our work in an attempt to create safety and understanding for all non-humans and marginalized people. Our logo represents our humble beginnings and extends into a form whose branches represent strength and growth as we embark to use art illustration and the written word to speak for all.”
Among the titles I recommend are: Veganism In An Oppressive World, A Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating, and Food Justice: A Primer. Each are available to be purchased.
This article discusses how the concept of otherization is used to justify oppression under white supremacist systems, and how the otherization of enslaved Black women rendered the treatment that is currently exercised upon mother dairy cows.
We are using the same white supremacist lens, or worldview, to justify nonhuman animal exploitation that is used to enslave, exploit and mutilate our Black/Brown AFAB (assigned female at birth) bodies. This is why we need to abandon the white cis hetero moral compass. By that, I mean we begin viewing the world beyond white supremacist viewpoint. Because from that perspective we will always find a reason to justify intentional exploitation of other beings to fulfill our “needs.“
I recommend this resource because I believe it’s a foundation of understanding the concept of Conditional Humanity and how using human/nonhuman boundaries as a justification for exploitation only protects “the respectable” from being justifiably exploited by white supremacist systems… I have an article coming soon about this!
The purpose of this resource is to be on the same page in order to effectively achieve nonhuman liberation— decentering white saviorism from the moment as a literal the first step, with abandonment of celebrity veganism as a close follow-up. General values within veganism as a praxis of consistent anti-oppression — Important points being to work on root issues instead of targeting individuals, or ensuring accessibility at vegan events.
Veggie Mijas is a women of color collective, in which we highlight the importance of having a plant-based lifestyle while also intersecting race, gender identity, class, and sexuality; being brown, Latinx, non-binary, women, queer, genderqueer, coming from a working class background, and having other marginalized identities.
We are very passionate about spreading awareness of the lack of resources we have to healthier options in the hood, animal liberation, environmental justice. This is a platform where womxn/folks have shared their families recipes, their own recipes, and have talked about why being vegan has connected them to their ancestral roots.”
“This is a segment dedicated to explore various social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of food production, distribution, and consumption. At the moment, Mariah, Food and Art Educator of Veggie Mijas, is majoring in Food Studies and History.”
Two of the lessons that I especially appreciate are: The Food Chain and Where Does Your Food Come From?
The Food Chain explains different elements of our food system, from production to waste, and allows us to consider the various institutions that impact the food we consume. It gives general understanding of what a food system looks like so that we can get a better idea of how to create and sustain local food systems. I recommend this resource because it also touches upon the consequences that relying upon industrial food systems may have on the health and livelihood of Black/Brown people.
Where Does Your Food Come From? defines a food system as the way food travels from farm to fork. To expand upon that definition, they highlight the five main steps of the food chain: production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste. What I especially love is the specific mention that people are at the center of each step within every food system. This allows us to consider how industrial food systems depend upon habitual exploitation Black and Brown bodies for the purpose of sustaining this system.
In addition, we’d benefit from realizing that animal exploitation is not a necessary element of food production for local food systems, but is definitely the core of an industrial food system. I personally believe that “processing” is an unnecessary step in the journey from farm to fork. This outlook also reminds me that a demand for processed foods adds another step at which Black and Brown workers are exploited for unlivable wages. This includes a demand for processed vegan foods…
The resources that I share tend to reflect movement toward creating relationships with local food systems. More importantly, I hope to provide steps and resources so that those with access & knowledge can begin divesting from industrial food systems. As Black and Brown activists, we realize that depending upon an industrial system to adopt humane practices is a lot less sustainable than creating slowly creating those systems ourselves.
What I appreciate the most about Veggie Mijas is that it is an ever-growing collective of passionate vegan food justice activists. This is an amazing way to connect with community of color that is empowering one another through decolonizing food, creating memories and challenging narratives.
I love how they center community building, in the name of health & compassion, as a method for active decolonization and generational healing.
Through segments such as #ComiendoCon, we are able to gain insight on where Black/Brown vegans to share local vegan options, favorite vegan spots, or however else they navigate being a vegan of color in their neighborhoods. By tuning into #CocinandoCon we can learn so many healthy, culturally-inspired recipes are shared from vegans of color all over the world.
Veggie Mijas has dedicated themselves to being a multifaceted, community-oriented resource that supports veganism as a way to reclaim our health, advocate for consistent anti-oppression and decolonize our minds.
If you’re looking for a collective llena de amor, enseñanzas y comida rica- you’ve got to connect with these mijxs changing the world. They are probably already doing dope things in a city near you, and if not, I’m sure they are always down to expand!
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.