"These powerful voices of women form a mélange of voices that shape the black female vegan experience, addressing social, political, economic, racial, class, and gender issues—all against the backdrop of a vegan lifestyle. If you are what you eat, then these women are fibrous, upward reaching leafy greens, rooted firmly in the soil, growing against the grain."—Latham Thomas, founder, Tender Shoots WellnessSistah Vegan
is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. By kicking junk-food habits, the more than thirty contributors all show the way toward longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Suffering from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and overweight need not be the way women of color are doomed to be victimized and live out their mature lives. There are healthy alternatives.
is not about preaching veganism or vegan fundamentalism. Rather, the book is about how a group of black-identified female vegans perceive nutrition, food, ecological sustainability, health and healing, animal rights, parenting, social justice, spirituality, hair care, race, gender-identification, womanism, and liberation that all go against the (refined and bleached) grain of our dysfunctional society.
Thought-provoking for the identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices, Sistah Vegan
is an in-your-face handbook for our time. It calls upon all of us to make radical changes for the betterment of ourselves, our planet, and—by extension—everyone.
With cover artwork by Janine Jackson.
|A. Breeze Harper is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, exploring race, postcolonial, and feminist theories and their use as tools within critical food geographies. She began the Sistah Vegan project as an online forum. Harper lives with her husband and son in California.|
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News and Events:
Talk at AK Press - Video
1 - Table of Contents and Contributors
2 - Preface
3 - Introduction: The Birth of the Sistah Vegan Project Baby
Breeze Harper on WHUR Howard University Radio (part 1)
Breeze Harper on WHUR Howard University Radio (part 2)
Hear Lantern Publisher Martin Rowe talk about this book! (mp3)
Vegan Life Online, 2/18/10
Easy Vegan, 2/25/10
New Naturalista Interview with Breeze Harper, 4/7/10
The Scavenger: Veganism's connection to anti-racist social justice work
Because this title is printed on 100% recycled paper, we have saved:
- 25 Trees
- 11433 Gallons of Water
- 8000000 BTUs of Energy
- 694 Pounds of Solid Waste
- 2374 Pounds of Greenhouse Gases
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