Grassroots Archive

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

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

Central Arkansas Delegation for Worker Democracy

The central Arkansas delegation is now safe in sound in Massachusetts at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy! They’re learning all kinds of amazing things and will be bringing all this knowledge back to the larger community in the near future! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to support getting them there. If you’re
Category: Arkansas

The Children Will Expect This of Us: A Response to the Rebel Ride

    This short piece was submitted as a letter to the editor of the Courier newspaper  (hence the short length) on behalf of the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources.  This coming Sunday there will be a Rebel Ride at Old Post Road Park in response to recent national calls to remove the Confederate flag
Category: African American

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

Ed Whitfield Visits Little Rock: More on the Renaissance Community Co-Op

Last week Datule Artist Collective and Little Rock Collective Liberation hosted an afternoon discussion with Whitfield to drive collective action in central Arkansas and beyond.  A longtime organizer originally from Little Rock, Whitfield gave a talk entitled “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” which focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also offering examples of democratic power building
Category: African American History

An Afternoon With Ed Whitfield: Collective Community Building

  We know that many of our readers are interested and/or directly involved in work with food justice, local alternative economies, anti-racist organizing, cooperatives, and community building.  These movements have long been a part of Arkansas and are gaining ground in our state as more and more people in both urban and rural areas become
Category: African American

Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency: A Little Rock Food Trike Cooperative

  A movement toward solidarity economies is growing in central Arkansas.  We asked Kenny Grand of Box Populi to write up some information about the food trike he and several people are working on and learn more about how you can be involved. Box Populi and the Delicious Insurgency, by Kenny Grand Sometimes, the struggle for
Category: Arkansas

A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
Category: Arkansas