Immigration 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

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

Why I’ll Be Marching: Alex Handfinger on Southerners United for Dignity and Reform

On October 12th Arkansans will come together to march for immigration reform. Organized by the Southeast Immigrants Rights Network in partnership with Arkansas United Community Coalition, and coinciding with a two-day conference to be held at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, two simultaneous marches will take place across the city beginning at 3:00 pm—one
Category: Arkansas

Summer Reading Series: Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future

This week’s column continues the summer reading series, a look at books—both recent and decades old—that shed light on history and everyday life in central Arkansas. Published this year by the University of Arkansas Press, Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future is a look at the the importance of the DREAM ACT and
Category: Arkansas

From Here to California: What’s Your Family’s Arkansas Labor Migration Story?

One of the core goals of this column is to continually explore the wide variety of stories and voices that articulate what it means to call this place home. For years now I’ve had the opportunity to do a great deal of oral history research, learning more about life in central and northwest Arkansas anywhere
Category: Arkansas

Get Involved: April 10th Immigration Reform National Day of Action

This Wednesday April 10th people around the nation will come together to call on national leaders to work toward fair immigration reform. Led by both secular and faith-based groups at both the state and local levels, these events will work to call attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, allows
Category: Arkansas

Arkansas Vigil to End Immigrant Detention

El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center, a volunteer-based grassroots organization that provides support to immigrant detainees and their families and to immigrants needing to access medical care, is asking Arkansans concerned about immigrants rights to attend a vigil to end detention this Sunday, December 9th beginning at 4:15 p.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church. Arkansas immigrant rights
Category: Arkansas

Reflections on Rowher by Jessica Yamane

The Rowher Relocation Centerwas one of  the two WWII era internment camps built in Arkansas to imprison Japanese Americans forced from the west coast due to so-called “military necessity.” According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History, from September 18, 1942, to November 30, 1945, the Rowher and Jerome camps housed over 16,000 Japanese Americans. It was one
Category: Arkansas

The Outport as Penurb: Debating the Idea of Rural by Nic Hartmann

Today’s post comes from our regular contributor, Nic Hartmann, a folklorist and PhD candidate at  Memorial University of Newfoundland. Building on his last post exploring concepts of rethinking community, Hartman explores the term “Penurb” and penurbia”—what scholar Joseph Goddard calls those “communities in a rural setting that are influenced by metropolitan ideas and people.” Hartman examines the role
Category: Connection to Land/Place