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Meet 6 Black Vegan YouTubers who prove veganism protects animals, keeps you healthy – and reflects the best versions of US!❤💃

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With new vegan YouTube channels popping up every day, it never hurts to add more content creators to your subscription list. There are so many different ways to promote animal rights, from vegan fitness to cruelty-free beauty. These Black vegan YouTubers prove that being vegan is the best way to protect animals while achieving the best versions of ourselves.

❤SweetPotatoSoul

SweetPotatoSoul is just as sweet as her name suggests. She’s a bright, energetic mom-on-the-go with dozens of vegan recipes and life hacks that will make your day-to-day regimen simple. Her vegan soul food series features a classic buttermilk waffles recipe, so you can indulge in your favorite breakfast treat without supporting the dairy industry. Cows have strong emotional bonds with their calves, who are torn away from them on dairy farms, so follow SweetPotatoSoul for some great vegan options.

❤Toni Mitchell

If you’re working on a glow-up and you need some healthy vegan recipes and a killer workout regimen, Toni Mitchell has the perfect channel for you. Her 25-minute HIIT workout will leave you sweaty and hungry for one of her delicious, easy vegan meals. She also has plenty of tips and tricks for staying vegan on a busy schedule as well as meal prep ideas so that your meals are never boring!

❤Rachel Ama

If your vegan plate is looking a bit drab lately, Rachel Ama is here to help. Her channel is packed to the brim with colorful, exciting meals that are fun to prepare and even more fun to eat! Her epic vegan mac and cheese recipe is loaded with a savory sauce and vegan bacon bits—a delectable dish that protects pigs and cows from the cruel industries that harm these kind, empathetic animals every day.

❤SoTrueQ

If you’re ready to bulk up, SoTrueQ has you covered with vegan bodybuilding information that will help you achieve your fitness goals. His vegan high protein eating and workout videos illustrate how being vegan is the best way to maintain long-term results.

❤The Urban Black Vegan

The Urban Black Vegan is entertaining, to say the least. His videos are full of passionate rants about vegan ethics, food, and health that are amusing and informative. His channel is a necessary addition to your subscription list if you’re in need of some inspiration.

❤Youngmedusa

Youngmedusa wears many hats. Her channel features spiritual reflections, discussions about being part of the LGBTQ+ community and Black, fun tags and challenges, and animal-friendly beauty tips—all with a vegan perspective.

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As more parents teach their kids at home, why not teach THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS?

From PETA.ORG:

The Hidden Lives of Pigs

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When in their natural surroundings—not on factory farms—pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, and relax in the sun. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names, learn “tricks” like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. They’ve been seen showing empathy for other pigs who are happy or distressed. Many even sleep in “pig piles,” much like dogs sleep nestled together. Some love to cuddle, while others prefer space. And they don’t “sweat like pigs.” They’re actually unable to sweat, and they like to bathe in water or mud in order to keep cool.

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People who run animal sanctuaries that include pigs note that they’re more similar to us than you might guess. Like humans, they enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages. They can even play video games! Read more inspiring stories and learn more fascinating facts about animals like pigs in the bestselling book Animalkind.

What the Experts Say:

Pigs communicate constantly with one another. More than 20 types of oinks, grunts, and squeals have been identified, which they use for different situations — from wooing their mates to expressing hunger. Newborn piglets learn to run toward their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

They also have very long memories. Dr. Stanley Curtis, formerly of Penn State University, put a ball, a Frisbee, and a dumbbell in front of several pigs and was able to teach them to jump over, sit next to, or fetch any of the objects when asked to—and they could distinguish between the objects three years later.

Biologist Tina Widowski studies pigs and marvels at their intelligence: “When I was working with the monkeys, I used to look at them and say: ‘If you were a pig, you would have this figured out by now.’”

Scientists at the University of Illinois have learned that pigs not only have temperature preferences, they can also figure out through trial and error how to turn on the heat in a cold barn and turn it off again when they get too warm.

Pig Prowess:

Pigs have been known to save the lives of others, including their human friends. According to BBC News, a pig named Pru saved her guardian’s life by dragging her out of a muddy bog. “I was panicking. I didn’t know what to do and I think the pig sensed this,” she said. “Without Pru I wouldn’t have been able to get out of the mire.”

In addition to Pru, there’s Priscilla, a pig who saved a young boy from drowning, and Spammy, who led firefighters to a burning shed to save her calf friend Spot. Lulu found help for her human companion, who had collapsed from a heart attack. A pig named Tunia chased away an intruder, and another, named Mona, held onto the leg of a suspect attempting to flee until the police arrived.

Many who have ended up in sanctuaries found their new homes after jumping off slaughterhouse-bound trucks and escaping. And in England, a stone carving of a pig named Butch was placed upon a historic cathedral after he and his friend Sundance escaped from a slaughterhouse and roamed the country for several days before being captured. Fortunately, a national outcry against slaughter allowed the duo to go to a sanctuary.

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🌻By Edith Morgan🌻

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We humans have pretty much invaded and taken over most animals’ habitats. Many species just gave up the ghost before the advancing human hordes. They gradually died out, or moved, until there was nowhere else to go.

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But there are the survivors … They have adapted beautifully and are thriving in the city surroundings.

My best friends have a big yard, and work very hard to raise fresh vegetables and herbs which they consume and also share. I have enjoyed many a bag full of tomatoes, cukes and even plums and peaches, until their trees gave out.

But this year they are having to share their garden with some unwelcome visitors: the one or two rabbits that used to visit them in years past have done what rabbits are so well known for: they have multiplied and were eating to the ground every bit of green they could find.

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In desperation, our friends erected a high mesh fence around their second planting, figuring the rabbits could not get over or under that. But word must have gotten out in the animal world, because, while the fence seems to have slowed down the rabbits, it seems to have been less of a deterrent to the chipmunks, who can squeeze through most any opening. And to add insult to injury, a ground hog found its way to their garden, requiring a much bigger “have-a-heart “ cage to be transported far away to a new home in a park.

I have been lucky so far this summer. I do fed the squirrels daily, and I notice now that there are bids also eating the peanut-bread treats I put out. But so far they have left my newly constructed garden alone. I feel we have a deal: I feed them beside the porch, and they leave my tomatoes, peppersand herbs alone.

I don’t have a problem sharing my food with wildlife; after all, we invaded the animals’ territory. It only seems fair to let them return and get a little of their own back!

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By Gemma Vaughan

Long before the novel coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, presumably in a live-animal market, people were getting sick from animals right in their own homes. People who feel the need to obtain an exotic “pet” are putting themselves at risk — from E. coli, salmonella, ringworm, campylobacter and other pathogens — and relegating wild animals to an unnatural and miserable existence.

Zoonoses — diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals — make up approximately three-quarters of today’s emerging infectious diseases, and many of them have originated in exotic animals, including those sold as pets. Wild animals imported into the United States for the pet trade may harbor a host of unknown viral, bacterial or parasitic pathogens. Most imported animals are not quarantined and are minimally screened for disease. After a 2003 outbreak of monkeypox that sickened dozens of people across multiple states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked the source to a legal shipment of African rodents intended for the pet trade.

Removing wild animals from their native habitats and forcing them to live in an artificial environment — our homes — is an outbreak waiting to happen. As a CDC scientist put it, “A wild animal will be in the bush, and in less than a week it’s in a little girl’s bedroom.”

Even animals thought to be innocuous pose serious risks. While they don’t show any symptoms of illness, an estimated 90% of reptiles harbor salmonella, which is a nasty type of bacteria. Typical symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Other complications can include sepsis, septic arthritis, meningitis — and even death. Attempts to eliminate salmonella in reptiles with antibiotics have been unsuccessful and have led to increased antibiotic resistance.

Herpesviruses, tuberculosis and rabies have been found in many different species of primates. “Pocket pets” like sugar gliders can harbor giardiasis, leptospirosis, clostridiosis and toxoplasmosis. Seemingly benign hedgehogs carry a variety of external and internal parasites, including ringworm.

The exotic pet trade is deadly for animals, too. A study published by the U.K.’s Society of Biology found that at least 75% of pet snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles die within one year of being acquired — likely from the stress of captivity.

Animals suffer long before they find themselves in someone’s home. International dealers who supply animal “inventory” to U.S. pet store chains often house animals in huge, dark, rank warehouses. One massive exotic-animal wholesale facility in Texas stored tens of thousands of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arachnids in severely crowded and filthy boxes, bins, troughs and even soda bottles. Treated like car parts, they were denied food, water and veterinary care. Authorities shut this outfit down after a PETA undercover investigation exposed the appalling conditions.

PETA also documented conditions at a reptile breeding mill in Ohio that supplies frogs, lizards, turtles and other animals to pet store chains. Animals there were deprived of water for days or even weeks. Sick and injured animals never received veterinary care, even when their injured limbs were rotting off or they had wounds full of maggots. At a massive Pennsylvania dealer that supplies hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S., the stench of ammonia was so strong that it burned federal agents’ eyes and noses, and staff admitted that they had learned to kill unwanted animals “on the internet.”

Allowing the public to buy, sell, breed and keep exotic species is dangerous to us and harmful to the animals. The time for the federal government to impose laws to end this deadly cycle is long overdue. If not now, with the coronavirus running rampant, when?

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Offsetting back-to-work carbon emissions – at every meal! … recipes + more🌸

By Jessica Bellamy

Now that many states are reopening for business, it feels like we are returning to some semblance of normalcy.

Scratch the surface of this new normal, however, and we find cause for concern: Greenhouse-gas emissions are creeping back up dangerously fast, partly because people are shunning public transportation in favor of private cars in order to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

How can we, as individuals, ease the pressure on our planet, while still social distancing? By going vegan.

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In April, daily fossil fuel emissions around the world were 17% lower than in the previous year, and U.S. vehicle use dropped by around half.

Now that productivity is climbing back up, transportation-related emissions are doing the same. Many workers are driving their own cars to work — instead of taking the bus or train — to limit their risk of contracting COVID-19. The London School of Economics warned Britons that if they start relying on private transportation, they may see emissions exceed pre-pandemic levels. The U.S. faces a similar predicament: Bloomberg analysis found that public transportation ridership in major cities dropped by 50 to 90% from pre-coronavirus levels.

Climate change experts say that moving forward, the government must incentivize greener forms of technology, such as electric vehicles. These are important reforms, but they take time and money, and Americans facing economic insecurity do not necessarily have readily available funds to buy a new car. So, while we wait for our policymakers to do their part, we, too, can make a major difference at home, through our choice of food.

A study by the University of Oxford concluded that eating vegan might be the single biggest way we can reduce our climate impact: “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.” Going vegan would not just reduce our carbon footprint: It would also reduce emissions of highly potent greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide. New Scientist reported that producing just over 2 pounds of beef caused more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving a car for three hours!

Worldwide adoption of vegan foods would reduce contamination of the air and waterways with antibiotic-laden animal manure. Farm owners often spray this waste into the air, which can sicken people living near the facilities. Nitrogen-rich waste that washes into bodies of water causes algal blooms and large “dead zones” in our oceans and rivers, which is disastrous for marine health.

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Try vegan ice-cream this summer! At Trader Joes in Shrewsbury, Rt 9, right over the bridge.

Vegan foods require less land to produce than meat and dairy, because rather than growing crops to feed animals and then eating those animals, we can simply eat the crops ourselves. This presents a compelling solution to world hunger. Currently, meat and dairy production uses 83% of farmland and generates 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse-gas emissions, only to provide people with just 18% of all calories and 37% of all protein.

Going vegan avoids the deforestation — and subsequent habitat and biodiversity loss — that comes with animal agriculture. This is a particularly pressing concern during a pandemic that originated in an animal host: Destroying forests forces wild animals into close proximity with humans, making us vulnerable to new and unprecedented diseases.

Let’s not forget the other concern in a post-coronavirus economy: finances. For those of us needing to tighten our purse strings while the economy recovers, there are notable economic advantages to going vegan. A study of over 1,000 Americans found that meat-eaters spent around $23 more on groceries per week than vegetarians or vegans, who also save plenty in health costs: The Guardian reported that every year, about $285 billion is spent treating illnesses caused by eating red meat.

Most significantly, going vegan saves scores of animals from a life of intensive confinement — cut off from everything that would make their lives natural and meaningful — and a violent, painful death. Let’s show kindness to animals, our planet and our bank accounts by going vegan today and encouraging our friends and family to do the same.

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Tomorrow! Public Outdoor Town Hall to Demand a People’s COVID-19 Bailout! … + more🌱🌞🎻

Public Outdoor Town Hall to Demand a People’s COVID-19 Bailout!

Tomorrow! July 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm

Where? East Park, 180 Shrewsbury St. Worcester!

We Want Bernie Worcester and Humanity First Movement Massachusetts, with participation from other organizations, as part of a coordinated national event organized by the Movement for a People’s Party (MPP, peoplesparty.org), will be bringing to our Representative our demands for a full “people’s stimulus” in the next Congressional Covid Stimulus Bill (see below.)

Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester has agreed to be present to hear our stories and respond to us.

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Face masks and social distancing will be expected of all participants.

This will a peaceful non-violent event in the spirit of democratic civic engagement.

The event will be live-streamed for those who can’t (or shouldn’t) attend in person.

Chris Horton of Worcester, a volunteer with We Want Bernie Worcester, said: “In the coming months, if parts of the economy fail to recover and many small business are allowed to fail, and if the extra unemployment relief payments and the moratoria on foreclosures and evictions end as scheduled, people rightly fear that their situations would become desperate.

“Congress has already authorized trillions of dollars in financial relief and assistance to large financial institutions, corporations and the very wealthy. We are asking our Representatives to firmly block any new relief package that doesn’t fully fund the needs of the people.”

The demands, in short, are:

1. Defund police and divert funds back to schools and social services

2. Medicare for all

3. Monthly $2,000 cash payments for all

4. Cover payroll to protect small business jobs

5. Suspend rent and mortgage payments

6. Suspend student and credit card loan payments

BE THERE!

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RECIPE FROM CHEF JOEY!

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America! Eat in moderation! Stop supersizing your meals! … Did you know that 1 serving of meat/protein should be the size of a deck of cards? … 🌸🌷Make this low-cal rice salad by Chef Joey and be on your way to health … Just in:
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💐Rice is not just a side starch – it makes a wonderful salad in the summertime! Nice and cold!

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🍀Directions:

🌷Make a homemade salad dressing with crushed cloves of garlic, Dijon mustard, oil and apple cider vinegar.

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Chopped cloves of garlic, garlic bulb

❤Then cook your rice – brown rice has protein for you vegans.

🎶Add to your rice:

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chopped cucumbers
chopped tomatoes
corn
fresh basil

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Sometimes I even add some tuna and have it as a meal! It is fast, delicious, healthy, fresh and refreshing!!

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5 Ways to Help Animals at a BBQ – + lose weight! … 🇺🇸and more🎶

Why are most Americans overweight, obese – even morbidly obese? OVER-EATING SUPER-SIZED MEALS! And not eating enough veggies and fruits; consuming way too much fat in meat, dairy products and even dessert! Too much sugar, too! A national disgrace! A national health crisis! … AMERICA: STOP SUPER-SIZING YOUR MEALS! EAT LESS!! EAT LESS MEAT! FILL UP ON FRUITS, VEGGIES AND VEGAN GOODNESS! – Rose T.

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Summer is almost here, and that means sunshine, swimming pools and social-distance socializing within small groups! Throw a grill in the mix, and you’ve got a perfect BBQ!

But if you find yourself at a cookout with omnivorous friends, have no fear: You’re in a great place to spread awareness about living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Here’s how:

🌞1. Bring Your Favorite Mock Meats

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Or make your own black bean veggie burger!

Most meat-eaters are unaware of how delicious vegan foods can be. Show them by bringing along your favorite grillable plant-based protein. There are loads of options at grocery stores, or you can get fancy and make your own.

🌞 2. Know the Facts

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By bringing your own foods to the party, you’re already opening up the conversation. The next step is to know the facts. Be ready for the “standard” questions, such as:

What do you eat?
Where do you get your protein?
Don’t we need meat, eggs, and dairy products to be healthy?
Isn’t eating meat natural?
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If you were starving on a boat at sea and there was an animal on board, would you eat that animal?
Answers to these and all the other “frequently asked questions” can be found here.

🌞3. Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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If bringing your own faux meat doesn’t do it, then a stylish and poignant T-shirt from the PETA Catalog will definitely get the conversation started. Check out our selection of animal rights tees to see if there’s something that speaks to you — so that you can speak to them.

❤ 4. Don’t Forget the Sides

Why stop at the burgers and dogs when there are so many delicious classic summer sides that you can veganize? Try PETA’s recipes for coleslaw, pasta salad, baked beans, potato salad, and chocolate pudding to get conversations going and mouths watering.

❤ 5. Set a Good Example

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It’s important that we set a good example whenever we’re advocating for animals. We don’t want to give meat-eaters any excuse not to take us seriously, so beware of some common pitfalls:

Don’t accost people with your points. Try and work animal rights into the conversation subtly. People are generally curious and will ask about it.
Build people up! Instead of telling them how many animals they harm each year, tell them how many animals they could save (200 each year if they go vegan).
Leave the “meat is murder” talk out of it. This will likely start a heated argument, and you don’t want to be that vegan who ruined the party.

If the cook uses the same utensils to cook both meat and veggie options, don’t make a huge issue out of it. Remember: It’s not about personal purity. It’s about advocating for the animals who are suffering on factory farms.

Be yourself! You’re not talking to a group of strangers, you’re talking to friends. Appeal gently to them as individuals. For example, if you know that a family member is trying to get healthy, tell that person about the health benefits of going vegan. If a bacon-loving friend has a dog, tell that person that pigs are smarter than dogs.

❤Remember: You’re right. The facts, scientific studies, and ethics are on your side, so don’t get frustrated. Just by chatting casually about animals rights, you’re making a huge difference for animals.

Every interaction starts conversations, opens hearts, and changes minds. Even a few words can start people on the path to making the kind choice for themselves, the planet, and animals: going vegan. Good luck!

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Which Foods Can Best Prepare you for the Novel Coronavirus’s “Second Wave”?

By Heather Moore

COVID-19 cases are rising in many parts of America as our states are relaxing lockdown measures … and we’re still months, if not years, away from a vaccine.

Health experts are still warning that a larger, second wave of COVID 19 infections could hit us later this year. But let’s not despair — we can still take steps to help stave off the virus and other health problems.

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In addition to social distancing, hand-washing and wearing face masks, let’s eat more immune-boosting veggies, fruits and foods to stay healthy:

While wholesome vegan foods won’t cure COVID-19 if you become infected, they can help strengthen your immune system so you’re less susceptible to viruses in the first place. Corinne Bush, science director for the American Nutrition Association and a member of the Personalized Nutrition and COVID-19 Task Force, told The Washington Post that one of the best ways to bolster our immune systems is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and other plant foods are nutritional powerhouses — and they’re tasty, too. They’re cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, rich in fiber and other nutrients, and have been shown to prevent — and, in some cases, reverse — chronic ailments, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The American Cancer Society recently released new guidelines encouraging people to eat plant foods rather than red and processed meats. This is especially timely advice considering that research suggests that cancer patients and survivors who get COVID-19 are more likely to succumb to the virus than people who have never had cancer.

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Overall, people with chronic diseases are more vulnerable to COVID-19, which is worrisome since approximately 133 million Americans — more than 40% of the U.S. population — suffer from at least one chronic disease.

Health experts encourage everyone to eat foods that contain flavonoids — nutrients found in citrus fruits, berries, apples, broccoli, legumes and other plant foods—to help protect against the novel coronavirus and other pathogens. While we can’t prevent or cure COVID-19 with produce, we can maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce our risk for chronic illnesses that would make us more susceptible to it.

Unfortunately, some people aren’t buying produce now that they need it the most, because prices have gone up, likely because of an initial surge in demand (as restaurants closed and more people began buying fruits and vegetables to prepare at home). Retail experts predict that higher farm labor costs are also driving up the cost of fresh produce.

No one wants to pay extra, especially since so many of us are unemployed or seeing our savings take a nosedive—or both. But we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by skimping on important nutrients and buying cheap fast food or processed junk food.

Vegan foods—such as beans, rice, tofu and pasta—still tend to cost less than animal-derived foods. The price of tofu, for example, currently averages about $2.66 per pound. Not bad for a versatile food that’s associated with lower rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

A pre-pandemic study involving more than 1,000 people around the nation found that meat-eaters spend an average of $23 more per week on groceries than those who don’t eat meat. In the long run, I suspect they spend a lot more if you factor in the medical bills you can rack up if you eat unhealthy animal-based foods.

Last year, researchers at Tufts University suggested subsidizing fruits and vegetables, saying they could prevent millions of cases of chronic disease and save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs. Food is powerful medicine, according to the researchers, who say it should be treated as a key element in healthcare.

Perhaps now, the pandemic will force us to revisit that idea or at least give us all the impetus to eat more produce and other healthy vegan foods. Because, while fruits and veggies won’t stop the novel coronavirus, eating healthy can certainly help bolster our defenses against it.

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From Chef Joey🇫🇷: Homemade Syrian Bread💙! … + more🇺🇸🎵

MAKE YOUR OWN SYRIAN BREAD!

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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The key to making homemade Syrian bread is a HOT oven and a pizza stone or a cookie sheet that does not warp: a thicker one. The oven needs to get hotter a good 15 minutes before you bake it!

For the bread:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 packet yeast

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1/8 cup oil

1/2 cup (or a tad more ) water

Add the yeast to a shallow dish and add the sugar.

Add a little bit of very warm – not hot, it will kill the yeast – water. As it bubbles, mix it well with the other ingredients and form into a smooth ball.

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Add a tad water until dough is nice and smooth and firm – just like regular bread dough. Cover and let double – about an hour.

After dough has doubled, flour clean surface …

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Make small, golf-ball-sized circles and roll them out with a rolling pin or a glass bottle. Toss them in the oven on the hot pizza stone or cookie sheet …

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… and literally in a couple of minutes, once they puff up, they are done!

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It’s time to see ourselves in everyone else … + more😊🎶🎵

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

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I was in Washington, D.C., when 14th Street burned, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like many of us, I went on to witness more riots and rampages when other outrages against black men and women sparked that desperate need to take to the streets to say, “Listen to us! Stop this!”

Now it’s happening again. On June 1, I watched as, only blocks from my office, rubber bullets and tear gas were used against peaceful protesters trying to exercise their First Amendment rights by holding signs and chanting outside the White House. A few days later, I found myself marching yet again.

Perhaps other quietly executed presidential acts should come as no surprise when, instead of condemning the police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he died — calling for his mother and pleading that he couldn’t breathe — and instead of expressing empathy for those seeking an end to racial injustice, the president condemns the protesters and called out the military. I say that because, last month, the president legalized acts of violence against others who have committed the “crime” of not only failing to be born white but also failing to be born human.

The Trump administration not only reversed police reform advanced by President Obama, but has rolled back that president’s protection of federal lands and wildlife. A new ruling allows hunters in Alaska — mostly privileged white men like Mr. Trump’s trophy-hunting sons, who kill for the sheer pleasure of it — to lure black bears, including mothers and their cubs, out of their dens with artificial light; to use bait to attract black and brown bears; to hunt wolves and coyotes during the denning season; and to shoot caribou while they’re swimming or from motorboats.

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Bears must be FREE and not exhibited in roadside zoos or county fairs! President Trump recently made it legal to KILL MORE BEARS BY luring black bears, including mothers and their cubs, out of their dens with artificial light and to use bait to attract the black and brown bears.

One injustice cannot be allowed to fly under the radar while another, often more personal injustice, remains to be urgently corrected. If you are my age, you may remember the LIFE magazine picture of young white men and women who were boarding buses to go to Southern states to help black people there register to vote. They were being screamed at, called “white n*****s,” and told to go fix poverty among “their own kind” in Appalachia. It made me wonder what my own kind was, exactly. Where were the lines drawn?

I believe that injustice is one big rotten mass, and just as Mr. Floyd showed us that he loved his mother, and just as my mother loved me, if we really look, we can see what President Trump cannot: that a mother bear loves her babies, too. She will guard them with her life. But now she will lose that life—and in her own home, a place no longer sacred but instead “fair game” to anyone who values putting animals’ heads on the wall over sparing their lives.

Those of us who champion animal rights believe with all our hearts in civil rights because, to us, it is one big struggle against all the ugly “-isms,” all hate, all bias, all injustice. We united for civil rights in the ’60s, and now everyone with an open heart must unite again to fight continuing injustice. At this moment in time, the focus must be on demanding an end to racism — we get that — but, in due time, we must work together to end all oppression.

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Ban all exotic animal shows from Worcester!

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RESCUE ALL ANIMALS WHO SUFFER!

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