Grassroots organizing Archive

Dig In! Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas This Weekend.

It’s the time of year for seed swaps, garden plans, and discussions of small-scale agriculture If it seems like our site has become a bit-food centric these days it’s just because we believe that building local food systems is, at the very least, a potential step in the right direction towards more just and democratic
Category: Arkansas

Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action:Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.

A recent book published by the University of Arkansas Press, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro, follows the work of the Greensboro, North Carolina Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a citizen led initiative exploring the events of November of 1979 when five Greensboro protesters were shot and killed by the Ku Klux
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Get Involved: Gleaning in Central Arkansas

A few weeks ago we posted about opportunities for gleaning for foodbanks in central Arkansas.  After an initial meeting, small-scale growers and volunteers are coming together to organize a network to produce and harvest locally-grown food for area foodbanks.  In most cases gleaning is something down on large-scale farms. But it can be done on small-scale farms
Category: Arkansas

Growing and Gleaning for Food Banks in Central Arkansas

Hunger is a problem throughout the United States, especially in Arkansas which ranks third in the nation for instances of food insecurity. Access to fresh food is especially difficult for people in low income communities who may not have access to grocery stores providing a regular supply of fresh food. And many fruits and vegetables
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

Food Security Farms, Delta College Initiative, and Homeless Shelters for LGBT Youth: Highlights from the Arkansas Times Big Ideas

Every year the Arkansas Times publishes their annual Big Ideas issue, dedicating an entire section of the weekly publication to reader’s submissions outlining their ideas about how to make Arkansas a better place to call home. The ideas range from the expansive (cutting health care costs) to the seemingly hyper-local (grants for backyard chickens).  Some of
Category: Arkansas

Medgar Evers, Mississippi Martyr.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. You can read previous columns here.  In 1963 civil right activist and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers
Category: African American

Stories and Movement from Arkansas and Beyond: Blogging for Human Rights Day, Partnership with the Ella Baker Center

Earlier this month the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights put out a call for writers, site administrators, and bloggers around the nation to come together on Monday December 10th, Human Rights Day, for an event they titled “Blogging for Human Rights Day — a one day blog carnival to shed light on human rights abuses and
Category: Arkansas

Blogging for Human Rights with the Ella Baker Center: Please Join Us and Tell Your Stories!

At the Boiled Down Juice are goals are to provide a platform for the discussion of ideas, problems, and the messy, beautiful, difficult, and long-term process of problem solving. We know that so many of our readers are invested in their communities fighting human rights abuses, organizing, and working hard to bring about sustainable change. So
Category: Arkansas

Opportunity for Central Arkansas Youth: Summer of Solutions Youth Program Coordinator

If you’re a young person in the Little Rock area interested in engaged community work, locally-based community problem solving, fighting racism, the creation of local businesses, and a deeper exploration of place-based sustainability, the Summer of Solutions Program Coordinator position could be a wonderful opportunity. Little Rock Summer of Solutions is a project of Village
Category: Arkansas