Midwifery, Medicine and Baby Food Politics (Claudia Serrato)

This presentation was delivered in 2013 during the first Sistah Vegan Conference, focusing on “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies”.
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Breeze: This presentation will be given by Claudia Serrato – and Claudia is enrolled at the University of Washington in America and her talk is titled, “Midwifery, Medicine and Baby Food Politics: Underground Feminisms and Indigenous Plant-Based Foodways and Nutrition”. And I had the pleasure of actually co-presenting with Claudia, a few months ago in Oregon, and to hear what her work was about and just really blown away, which is why I asked her to share her work. So Claudia, if you’re ready, please present to the audience who you are, what you’re all about and I’m going to put myself on mute now…

Claudia: Good. So good afternoon and thank you all for listening in. And thank you Doctor Amie Breezie for creating this cyber web-space for us today to share and reflect and listen to one another. And so yes, my name is Claudia Serrato, and I am a mother of two, a Doctoral Student of Sociocultural and Medical Anthro, and I am the founder of Decolonial Food For Thought.

I am a practicing vegan and I do walk the red road. So I’m invested in my cultural and spiritual ways living and being, and am influenced strongly by my elders in my community. And I join you all this afternoon in the most humble way, as I share a herstory of a crossroads Meso-American ethno-medicine has encountered, which has impacted community health and midwifery practices in the City of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

So I begin this herstory of food, womb, and infant-toddler health, colonization and healing by thanking our ancestors and our bodies for keeping our genetic memory strong and resilient. And so my talk is going to sound like it is taking a shift in what we’ve been talking about, but I hope that you see how interrelated this work is and what it is that I’m going to share. Continue reading


The Daily Escape from Animal Exploitation and Toxic Transmasculinity

~~ guest post written by Corvus ~~

Disclaimer: I am transmasculine and identify mostly as a transgender butch or simply transgender. I do not identify as a binary trans man, nor do I have the internal or psychological experience of many binary trans men. Whiteness shapes my experiences, which may not resonate with people of color from otherwise similar gender/class/ability demographics. I do not speak for any group of people.

Content Note: While it does not make up the majority of the article, I do mention sexual and other abuses of humans and other animals in this writing.
Please take care reading it.

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disordered vegan eating

*please read the five point disclaimer here* 🙂

hi again!
self l

so this post is about eating, and how it relates to mental illnesses and disorders.
i am aware of how taboo subjects like eating disorders are, but then again so is mental illness & so is animal politics – and neither has stopped me from speaking my mind.
so why not mix all of these taboo topics together and see what happens??

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zen vegan anarchism


if i were to describe my spirituality, i would call it zen vegan anarchism.

and to be clear from the very beginning, zen vegan anarchism is not a belief system, a political party, a foodie lifestyle, a moral dogma, a code of ethics, a theology doctrine, nor any kind of ideology.
as such, i write words about zen vegan anarchism with no intention to convince you of anything, to sell you something, to offer a cure for a pain, or to appear as though i have some sense of clarity that you could not acquire, or do not already hold within you. Continue reading

vegans with depression

*please read the five point disclaimer here* 🙂

are you a depressed vegan?
yay me too.
fun, right?

no, but seriously – it is an awful, awful mental illness.
it can be difficult to describe, especially when you are deep under its spell, but i will give it a shot right now – for people wanting to understand so as to be better support for their loved ones or for people who know this illness all too well but still find courage in learning from another’s experience and knowing that one more persyn is on this path somewhere with you too. and this can be really important for us vegans with depression, because we can be already well acquainted with feelings of alienation and hopelessness in this violent world.

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looking for more chronic vegans!

why hello there 🙂
if you identify as a vegan with chronic illness, and you’re interested in contributing (anonymously or not) to the blog series chronically vegan (link here!), then message ELK with a short sample of your writing ❤
our contact info is available on this link here.
we’re accepting about anything that connects veganism with chronic illness, so please don’t be afraid to express yourself the way you want to!
and the first blog post, about living chronically vegan, is available to read by clicking here!

lauren Ornelas – Beyond Veganism: Diet & Consumption in a Global World

Full video with closed captioning available here

I apologise as I’m used to a very U.S.-centric audience. So hopefully I’ve adjusted it for y’all being more progressive types here, so thank you for that. It feels like family already. I am going to ask everybody to keep an open mind to the things that I’m talking about because when I’m talking about all this stuff. I’m not asking activists of anything that you’re working on, to give up your passion. If you’re an animal rights activist and you’re working on anti-vivisection work, what I’m talking about here, I’m not saying: “Oh, you shouldn’t be working on that.” What I’m asking for, is for us to try to be a little more consistent and more aware of the choices that we make in our lives and the things that we say as activists, that we need to be aware of how they impact others and other social justice movements that are taking place.

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vegans are not going to solve world hunger.

this is an ongoing series short rants on the commonalities of oppressions. this one is all about some parallels between capitalism (political and economic systems of exploitation of workers, based around property and profit for the few at the expense of the many) and speciesism (political and economic systems of exploitation of non-humans, defining animals as property for the profit of the few at the expense of the many). one such parallel centers around the practice of excusing and/or shaming peoples as “consumers”. specifically, it is about a parallel between them, a commonality in how these two interact.

it’s called “consumer privilege”.

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