Social Justice Archive

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

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

MACS Students Discuss Cultural Sustainability and Social Justice at the American Folklore Society Meeting, 2012

This past week we attended (and presented–we’ll have more on that soon) at the annual American Folklore Society Meeting. For the next few days we’ll be recapping/ruminating upon some of the talks and discussions as well as sharing information about a few of the amazing people we met and the inspiring work they’re doing in
Category: Community Action

The Seed and the Story: Samuel S. Taylor and the Federal Writers Project (FWP Part 5)

For the past several weeks this column has focused on the Federal Writers’ Project and the role the project played in documenting life in 1930s Arkansas. One of the project’s major undertakings was the documentation of the stories of ex-slaves throughout the state. Research on the project took place in thirteen states, but the largest
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Friday Video: Activist Larry Gibson: An American Hero Remebered

Today’s Friday Video is taken from the film, YERT (Your Environmental Roadtrip), a a sustainable solutions documentary produced by Ben Evans in the Spring of 2008. One of the people featured in the film was environmental activist Larry Gibson, a staunch advocate against mountain top removal. Gibson  passed away this past week at the age
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Friday Video: Happy Birthday Howard Zinn

Today would have been Howard Zinn’s birthday. The historian, activist, playwright, anti-racist, veteran, and advocate for peace and civil disobedience passed away in 2010. He is best known for his book A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present, a detailed look at American history highlighting the voices and stories of those typically excluded from history
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Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas by Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative

Published in 2010, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, is a collection of 100 plus portraits and short biographies of people who fought for freedom and equality in North, South, and Central America. A historical record and an inspirational primer, this collection, reads the introduction, “is for anyone who has sat, trembling with frustration and disappointment, in a
Category: African American History

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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Detroit 2012: ReImagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future.

Since the beginning of the week,  people have been gathering in Detroit for Detroit 2012: Re-imagine the World,Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future.  Bringing together activists and thinkers from around the nation, this gathering falls on the heels of the grassroots organizing coming out of the Occupy and other movements, posing these fundamental questions: What are the
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Michael Vinson Williams and Gale Zucker at the Arkansas Literary Festival

The Arkansas Literary Festival is in full swing now, and if you’ve had a chance to look at the schedule you know that’s it jammed packed with options.  We won’t even begin to touch on all the offerings, but make sure you check out the Arkansas Times this week and read, “Arkansas Liteary Festival slate piles
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