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White Supremacy In Food Justice

Via Saqib Keval. White supremacy can seem like a dramatic term, conjuring images of the KKK or Nazi Germany.  But a more accurate and total picture includes forms that may seem subtle — especially to white people.  White supremacy sometimes has a friendly face; a face full of optimism.  It can boil down to the simple assumption that white people tend to do things well.  Including things like food justice. I ...

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Taking Our Traditions and Selling ’em Back To Us: Food and Cultural Appropriation

A sharp, on-point and often hilarious conversationbetween two Asian-American foodies questioning each other about US cuisine and cultural appropriation.  What does integrity look like for chefs who borrow from culinary traditions outside their ethnic group — in a context of (im)migration, commodification, racism (/white supremacy) , and American nationalism?  Is integrity even possible? I think I’m so disen ...

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Food Stamps, Clothing, Shelter, Medicine: Where We Meet Freedom

My first experience in food justice was delicious.  I scooped it up with a shovel-sized serving spoon from a bottomless platter of intentionally blessed local organic righteousness.  It was fresh bright crunchy green, pale yellow creamy, deep orange sunsets, and vibrant dancing reds.  I was on my first meditation retreat in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.   I was eating lovingkindness in every ...

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The White Guys Were Intolerable

Reflections on “What’s Up with Engaged Buddhism? Who gets to speak?” – a Buddhist Peace Fellowship evening at the Oakland Peace Center with panelists Alka Arora, Katie Loncke, Donald Rothberg, and David Loy, moderated by Jen-Mei Wu and featuring visual artist Kenji Liu, May 20, 2012 [Photo removed by request.] Right at the get-go, the Baby Boomer generation socially engaged Buddhist expert white guys on the ...

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Weekly News Roundup

Friends!  It's been quite a week at BPF and Turning Wheel!  Our call for submissions on the Dharma of Food Justice dropped, and we're already confirming contributions from authors, poets, and activists that I'm super excited about.  (I'm talking people whose work I've been following for years!  Yes!)  And last Sunday here in Oakland we held our first installment of "What's Up With Engaged Buddhism" (video a ...

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May Day Dharma (VIDEO)

Click to watch a video of May Day reflections from BPF'ers Dawn and Katie, featuring photos from la Marcha por la Dignidad y Resistencia/ March for Dignity and Resistance.       ...

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Righteous and ready to burn: 20 years after LA

[Editor's Note: Hi, folks, Katie here. I want to acknowledge that for many folks who commit their lives to peacemaking, the concept of an article dedicated to the anniversary of the LA riots might seem jarring.  We at Turning Wheel certainly welcome comments and feedback (fitting with our commenting guidelines) — in fact, the immediacy of online feedback and dialogue is one of the reasons we're excited to h ...

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May Day Seattle: Hip Hop Rise & Decolonize

For many of us, the relationship between "Occupy" and "Decolonize" is still a live question. For one group in Seattle, the question is ALL The Way Live. Bringing the cypher to the picket line, Seattle's activists in Hip Hop Occupies To Decolonize infuse the militant dynamism of hip hop into their local movements: not just in superficial form, but in a deep spirit of creativity, collaboration, and resistance ...

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Karma of Confinement: Amazing Timeline On US “Freedom”

Check this out. (article by Jamilah King at Colorlines.) Bay Area artist Evan Bissell has co-created an incredible interactive learning tool that shows how "freedom" for some in America has always come at the expense of others. “The Knotted Line” uses interactive, semi-hidden paintings and participatory text to wind through half a millenium of exclusion and confinement in the part of Turtle Island now calle ...

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Submit to MOONROOT!

Heads up, folks!  If you don't already know, MOONROOT is a gorgeous, uplifting, and deeply intentional collaborative project created by "womyn, genderqueer, and trans* folks of Asian descent."  Their first zine was freaking rad and beautiful, and the deadline for submissions for issue #2 is coming up, April 29th.  If you self-identify in this community, jump on it! WHO WE ARE: MOONROOT is an ongoing collect ...

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