Organizing Archive

Yes! Magazine’s Breakthrough Fifteen: The Power of Storytelling, Vulnerability, and Community Action.

If you’re a frequent reader of the Boiled Down Juice, you know that Yes! Magazine is one of our favorite publications.  With the tag line  “powerful ideas, practical actions,” Yes! showcases and explores the concepts and people on the front lines of democracy, social innovation, and community action.  Back in November they issued their winter publication,
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Happy MLK Day. From the “Riverside” Speech and Nina Simone’s Why? (“The King of Love is Dead.”)

Here are two videos in honor of MLK day. This first video is one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known speeches speaking out against war and poverty.  Although MLK is talking specifically about the Vietnam War, the message that war is an enemy of the poor, of community, of democracy is just as timely,
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Friday Video: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

I’m super excited about this week’s Friday Video, a trailer for the upcoming film, Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Produced by Sharon La Cruise, this film will makes its debut on February 2, 2012 on PBS’s Independent Lens. If you live in Fayetteville, however, you can catch a pre-screening of the film Thursday January 19
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Occupy Northwest Arkansas Webpage and Local Business List

As the energy of the Occupy movement shifts to other larger cities such as Oakland, the movement continues to grow in smaller towns throughout the southern and midwestern U.S. This past week Occupy Northwest Arkansas Movement released their webpage with information about the NWA occupation beginning Novemeber 12th. Although it’s still somewhat under construction, the site
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Friday Video: Granny Peace Brigade Knit-In for Peace

Here in Arkansas it’s getting cooler, and I know many of us are breaking out the yarn and knitting needles.  Knitting, and other needles arts, have long been associated with concepts of community, healing, mending, and persevering. So this week’s Friday video features an example of women knitting not only for warmth, but also to honor soldiers and call
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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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Myles Horton’s Definition of Participatory Research

Myles Horton is one of my biggest heroes. The founder of the Highlander Folk School, now called the Highlander Research and Education Center, Myles Horton believed in people’s power to change their lives and communities for the better. A true activist and constant learner, Horton put this belief into action when he created Highlander in
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Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon honors Odetta

A recent story on Democracy Now! features Bernice Johnson Reagon, SNCC Freedom Singer member and founder of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, discussing Odetta and her impact on the Civil Rights Movement and folk, blues and and roots music. Broadcast also features Odetta in her own words. To listen go here.
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National Association of Social Workers Issues a Statement about Grassroots Advocay

I found out about this from a fellow folklorist on a folklore list serve. I thought many would find it informative and interesting. This is not a partisan statement. NASW Advocacy
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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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