Economic Justice Archive

An Afternoon With Ed Whitfield: Collective Community Building

  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
Category: African American

Monday Music: Hazel Dickens Singing “West Virginia, My Home,” 1978

This past Saturday would have been Hazel Dickens’s 88th birthday. She passed away in 2011. She was a songwriter and singer, played guitar and upright bass, and is best known for her biting songs about workers’ rights, the injustice of big coal, and the fight for womens’ equality. — Set against the backdrop of bluegrass
Category: Artistic Expression

“It’s Those Who Work in the Sun that Make It Possible for Those Who Work in the Shade” Thoughts on SSAWG.

The annual SSAWG (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) conference took place last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. A full three days of lectures, discussions, and dialog, the conference aims to “empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.”
Category: Community Action

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

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

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

Why Carlos Stays In Detroit (and Why James Stays in Little Rock): Dispatch from Detroit Part 2.

In our second piece from Little Rock residents who traveled to Detroit for the Detroit 2012 ReImagining conference, James Szenher offers this profile of his visit with master craftsman Carlos Nielbock, a metalworker dedicated to his craft and his home. Inspired by Nieblock’s work and commitment, Szenher explores what constitutes a decision to call a place home
Category: Uncategorized

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
Category: Uncategorized

The Seed and the Story: ARVAC and VISTA, Folk Arts and the War on Poverty in Arkansas.

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
Category: Uncategorized

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Box Documentary

While scanning the Netflix streaming options last night in search for a good documentary to accompany my evening knitting, I came across Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox.  Produced by Sara Lamm in 2007, it’s both an exploration of eccentric beliefs and a profile of a social responsible company.  If you’ve already seen it I’d love to
Category: Uncategorized