A talk titled "Compassionate Activism" will be presented by Leslie Ashburn at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., in Wailuku.
Ashburn will explore the links between the function of what is called "the absent referent" in the meat-eating culture to other forms of oppression, like racism, sexism and the destruction of the environment. Underlying all of these is the same belief system, according to an announcement.
The presentation intends to illustrate how oppressions become interconnected and how a healthy approach to a plant-based diet is an important way to address pertinent social issues of our time.
Ashburn is an internationally trained vegan chef who works to change stereotypes about what it means to eat healthy.
She works with a wide variety of community members, including preparing life-changing meals for seminars with the local living treasure Dr. Terry Shintani.
Ashburn is a co-founder of and serves on the board of directors for the Hawaii Food Policy Council. She co-authored a chapter in "Diet For a Small Island" called "Democratic Food Education: Colonialism, Culture, and the Task of the Cook."
The free program is hosted by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, call 280-6865 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.