An Afternoon With Ed Whitfield: Collective Community Building



Ed Whitfield will engage in conversations in Little Rock on May 2nd and 3rd.

We know that many of our readers are interested and/or directly involved in work with food justice, local alternative economies, anti-racist organizing, cooperatives, and community building.  These movements have long been a part of Arkansas and are gaining ground in our state as more and more people in both urban and rural areas become involved. Yet even as these discussions and movements grow, there is a lack of dialog and collective action across race, class, and region.

When we talk about the collective commons and our collective humanity, what might these movements become—and what might our state look like— if we truly began to come together and work holistically and strategically across both historic and current divides?

You’re invited to join Datule Artist Collective and Little Rock Collective Liberation for an afternoon discussion by Whitfield to drive collective action in central Arkansas and beyond. Saturday May 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m Ed Whitfield will speaking at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center  at 3805 West 12th Street in Little Rock, AR. A longtime organizer originally from Little Rock, he’ll be addressing topics for community based economic development including issues of racial injustice and other forms of oppression. He’ll focus on topics that will allow us to work across divisions of race and class to support a local economy that’s inclusive and empowering for all citizens.

Ed Whitfield is particularly suited to help spark these conversations and continued action. Whitfield attended Little Rock Central High and began doing anti-war work as a teenager.  A social critic, writer and community activist, he’s been living in Greensboro since 1970. He is co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, an organization operating “with a strong belief in the power of ordinary people in neighborhoods, workplaces and other communities to understand and solve their own problems when given an opportunity to put their heads together and hear the diverse voices of all involved.”

He’s engaged in Cooperation Jackson, and spoke at the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Today Whitfield writes on issues of cooperatives and economic development while continuing to be interested in issues of war and peace, as well as education and social responses to racism. Ed serves on the boards of Carolina Common Enterprise and Highlander Research and Education Center.

Below are a few videos from Whitfield as well as links to further reading. You’re also invited to take part in an informal music gathering the Sunday following the event at the Women’s Project on 12th Street. This event will also feature a soft opening for the Little Rock food trike, Box Populi. For more information contact Tufara W. Muhammad or James Szenher at (501) 920-4808. Much gratitude to to the Women’s Project,  Datule Artist Collective ,Willie Hinton Center, and Little Rock Collective Liberation  for planning this event and Highlander Research and Education Center for funding support.


Two Events:

1. A talk by Ed Whitfield on Saturday at 1:30–3:30 Check out the facebook invite here. 

2. An intergenerational music gathering and community potluck with food from Box Populi, Little Rock’s first food trike cooperative beginning at 4:00 . Check out the invite here. 


Ed Whitfield Flyer

Flyer by Kenny Grand of Box Populi.


Videos from the New Economy Coalition: