Grassroots organizing Archive

Civil Rights History Project Database Available Online.

  As of this month, the Civil Rights History Project survey of collections and repositories is now up online via a web-based portal at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center!  The survey project, an outgrowth of the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009, provides an overview of all oral histories and information conducted
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BIG NEWS: The McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action Has Gone Viral!

I am very excited to announce, that after a few years in the works,  the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action is now up and running ! We won’t be able to use the house quite yet, but we’re gearing up and beginning projects that will lead toward opening the physical
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Friday Video: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

This morning I was so excited to see that  Americans Who Tell the Truth Project posted this portrait of community leader, Grace Lee Boggs.   (If you’re not familiar with the work of  Americans Who Tell the Truth please take a moment to check out their site.  It’s amazing and a constant source of inspiration). For
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Friday Video: Rerelease of You Got To Move: Stories of Change in the South.

Each Friday on our Facebook page we’ve been posting a video that we’ve come across that explores the intersection of cultural tradition and grassroots action.  It dawned on me that I should also post those videos here for folks who may not be following the blog on facebook. I’ve been seeing several posts lately about
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The Seed and the Story ~ The Potential of the Small Town Paper.

    Here’s my latest “The Seed and the Story” column for the Post Dispatch.  It discusses the potential of the small town paper and its role in this media saturated age. I also wrote and recorded a longer, companion version of this piece for KUAF‘s Ozarks at Large Program, which you can listen to
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Immense Possibilities, weekly program and webcast supporting grassroots community-building and sustainability efforts.

I came across this community organization, Immense Possibilities,  via Yes Magazine this morning, and I am really interested in taking a closer look at what they have to offer.  Here is their premise: “Immense Possibilities is our weekly public TV and Internet visit with guests whose social creations are building  vibrant communities. They’re solving challenges
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Protests in Egypt

Here are just a few links to two recent stories I’ve been reading about the situation in Egypt. Human Rights Watch From the article: Egyptians in Alexandria did the unimaginable on Friday, fending off a police attack for the first time in their lives. They are walking around in shock, unable to digest the significance
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Something You Should See: The Natural State of America

Last week at the annual conference of the Arkansas Anthropological and Sociology Association, Dr. Bryan C. Campbell, professor of visual anthropology at the University of Central Arkansas, played a short clip from his upcoming documentary about the Newton County Wildlife Association and their ongoing fight to keep their forests free of toxic herbicides. The tiny
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Farmer and Seed Advocate Percy Schmeiser on Democracy Now!

Percy Schmesier is a Canadian farmer who has spent decades fighting seed giant Monsanto in an effort to protect regional food systems, heirloom seeds, and farmers’ autonomy against cooperate seed ownership. He is a 1997 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (often referred to as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize), the subject of the documentary
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Election Speeches and Community Service

The last few days I have been very upset about Palin’s comments about community organizers. I feel her comments reflect she has no respect for everyday citizens who work to make this world a more just place. I firmly believe community workers and grassroots activists are the heart of a democratic nation. I found this
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