Organizing Archive

Friday Video: Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

Today’s Friday Video continues recent discussions of the Federal Writers Project and the role it played in documenting American stories. (To read recent Seed and the Story columns about the FWP in central Arkansas go here). Directed by Andrea Kalin, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, and based on the book, Soul Of A
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Seed Broadcast from Conway, Arkansas.

A few months ago we posted about the mobile Seed Broadcast Unit coming to Conway, Arkansas to document Seed Stories and the role of heirloom plants in community life. A few stories from Conway are now available online, including Brian Campbell discussing CAAH, Bryan Mader discussing the Community Market in Russellville, Michael McHaffley discussing his desire
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The Seed and the Story: Violet Sory and the ARVAC Crafts Co-Op.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can find on
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Dispatch from Detroit: Part 1

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of community tradition, community action, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  In our ongoing effort to explore the concepts behind emergent locally-based economies, sustainability initiatives, and democratic action, we’re exploring conferences, discussions, and various forms of action taking place around the nation
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Seed and the Story: Meadowcreek Roundtable

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas.    We focus on the local but the concepts are universal.  The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent
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Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Journal of Ordinary Thought

We’ve recently been made aware of  a wonderful Chicago-based organization that brings together popular education theory with participant-based engagement in the arts. They work to envision, as their mission statement says, “a society where adults connect through creative communities in which writing, discussing, and publishing personal narrative leads to civic engagement, neighborhood vitality, and social transformation.”
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Help Us Build Up Our List of Links. What Resources Are Missing From Our List?

This weekend at the Meadowcreek Roundtable I spoke with several people about the ever-evolving role of this blog and was reminded of the importance of resource lists for providing both case studies and inspiration. When I first started working on this blog I developed a list of links where people could go to discover more
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Friday Video: Preview of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Earlier this week, on May 1st, International Worker’s Day,  Appashop released the film,  Anne Braden: Southern Patriot.  Produced by Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering, Appalshop describes the film as a “feature length documentary exploring the remarkable legacy of this grassroots organizer, committed journalist, civil rights leader, movement strategist, social chronicler, public intellectual, teacher and mentor to three
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“Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S.” on Hearing Voices radio program

I was driving last weekend when I came across this Hearing Voices radio program on KABF.  “Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S,” originally aired in 2008.  A tale of what immigrants face attempting to cross the border, the program is still just as relevant today in 2012.  This program, like all of the productions by
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“Hand of Man” Video About Mountain Top Removal

The band Magnolia Mountain recently released a video for their song “Hand of Man” about the horrors of Appalachian mountaintop removal.  The song appears on the Music for the Mountains compilation cd, which was released last year (to read about that project go here). According to the band’s web page, the video took about a
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