Connection to Land/Place Archive

My Hometown: Dardanelle

This piece was originally published in the April issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. I grew up in Dardanelle through the 1970s and 80s. My parents came of age in the same small town in the 1950s and 60s. Back in the early 1900s, their parents grew up in the logging community of Harkey’s
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

McElroy House Story Plants

This was first published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the McElroy House. It’s been a while since we posted here on the BDJ, mostly due to the growing work of the McElroy House. The McElroy House and the Boiled Down Juice share a close relationship; The Boiled Down Juice is an idea
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Southern Stories: Campaign for Racial Equality

[This letter was written as a part of the Other Arkansas collective and represents a myriad of voices. A shortened version of this letter was submitted to the Courier newspaper. Please join us THIS Saturday in Dardanelle for a community event and please consider signing your name to this letter and asking others to do the
Category: African American History

Culture. Community. Cooperation: 3rd Annual Urban Raw Festival!

When: September 12th, 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Where: Dunbar Garden, 1801 W. Chester in Little Rock. There is a growing co-op movement in Little Rock, and much of it is headed up by the brilliant women on Solfood Catering. They’ve been hosting the Urban Raw Festival for a few years now, and each year it has
Category: Arkansas

Hearths of Courage: Growing Beloved Communities

A few weeks ago near Harrison, Arkansas the KKK hosted a week long training camp. Open to ages sixteen and up, the camp attracted people from around the nation and sought to build “a mighty army” to fight against “racial genocide” and bring about “racial redemption.” This is the same KKK who purchased the large
Category: Arkansas

What the Children Will Expect of Us: A Living Room Conversation

Last week a coalition of several organizations and individuals across the south launched a media campaign calling on white people in small towns and rural areas to stand up against white supremacy and break through the cultures of silence surrounding race and racism. Our media campaign is just the first step in our collective long
Category: Arkansas

We Make the Road by Walking: Standing Up Against Silence and Hate

Today in a little community called Zinc, Arkansas, the KKK is beginning their week-long training camp. Open to people ages 16 and up, the camp seeks to build “a mighty army” to take back the white race from what they describe as “racial genocide.” I live about three hours away from the klan camp, and
Category: African American History

Building Cooperative Movements in Central Arkansas: Here’s How You Can Help!

Last month Little Rock native Ed Whitfield visited Little Rock for a series of events and conversations around building solidarity economies. The event was organized by Datule Artist Collective, the Women’s Project and, Little Rock Collective Liberation. His public talk, “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also
Category: Arkansas

Here is Where We Must Begin: Water, Drought, and Flowers

This column was originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and it part of a long-standing series with the publication. The banks of the Arkansas river are over flowing. Last week the water went up past the basketball goals in downtown Dardanellle and all the low water bridges have washed out. The wetlands in
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Friday Video Myles Horton: Radical Hillbilly

Here’s some Friday inspiration. Myles Horton was one of the founders of the Highlander Research and Education Center, most widely known for its role in the civil rights movement and in the Appalachian People’s Movements. He was interviewed by Bill Moyers in 1981 where he discusses his childhood, the creation of Highlander, and his theories
Category: Community Action