Please do not forget to attend our monthly meeting on 8/27 at 6:00 pm at the East 21st Alert Center, 500 E. 21st St.
About Our Program
BCD YIP is offering a FREE After School Program for boys (Ages 13-18) in the Little Rock Midtown Area. A program that gives children the opportunity for academic growth, develop social skills, as well as engage in academic and cultural enrichment to impact the growth of our youth today.
Our youth leaders are passionate about creating impactful opportunities for our youth to grow into productive adults. Whether it be better grades, jobs, or opportunities to go to college, but they are not able to provide these opportunities without you.
Without your support, we would not be able to provide growing opportunities for the youth in our programs. Your gifts will make a great impact on the leaders of tomorrow. Make a difference today.
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Each household may order up to three free showerheads and three aerators. Visit CenterPointEnergy.com/ARLowFlow.
Offer valid for CenterPoint Energy residential natural gas customers in Arkansas. Limited to 3 free showerheads and 3 free faucet aerators per customer/household. Showerheads and aerators ordered in previous years count towards this limit. Showerheads and faucet aerators fit most plumbing fittings. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.
Please see this cry for help and let’s respond and help gather these items for them!
City Connections Center
10411 West Markham Street, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 376-1686 (office)
(501) 920-5200 (cell)
Serve QUIETLY, Listen GENEROUSLY, Give and receive HUMBLY, Respond to insult GRACIOUSLY, Forgive wounds EXTRAVAGANTLY . . . And in every interaction, practice LOVE FIRST.
The Center for Women In Transition is a non-profit organization that works with women transitioning from prison and in the pre-trial phase before sentencing. Our work spans across Pulaski County assisting women at the local level with in-house county jail classes three times weekly, drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment and transitional housing placement.
A key component to our aftercare services is placement of our clients in a 30-day treatment facility where they must have upon entry a basic needs bag. These bags will aide each woman in her thirty day stay one bag consist of:
Shampoo and Conditioner
Comb and Brush
Soap or Body Wash
Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Socks – Assorted Sizes
Panties – Assorted Sizes
Sports Bras – Assorted Sizes
Twin Sheet Set
As a part of our services we have always provided these items for our clients but we now need help please consider our request and provide a bag for a deserving woman that is at the BEGINNING of her HEALING JOURNEY.
Ann Prosper, CIT, CAMS-I
Center for Women In Transition
Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project
Reveal, Restore and Resurrect: The Truth about Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System
August 28 – 29, 2015
William H. Bowen School of Law
Register now Updated August 26: Conference registration is at capacity. Those registering after noon on August 26 will be added to a waiting list. Those on the waiting list will admitted fifteen minutes after the conference begins each day, but only if there are seats available.
All speakers and panelists and the Steering Committee will receive the research report a week prior the conference – by August 21, 2015. Questions will be developed and given to the Friday, August 28 panel in advance of the conference. We will organize conference calls for speakers and panelists prior to the conference. Media will be invited.
Friday August 28th
Felecia Epps, Moderator
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Welcome
Chancellor Joel Anderson
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz
2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. — Overview of the research project results/findings
Responses by Scott Ellington, prosecutor (unconfirmed) and Ron Wilson, defense attorney
The Brokenness segment is designed to examine the ways in which communities of color have been negatively affected by intentional or unconscious race-based systems and processes that result in racial disparities in Arkansas’ criminal justice system. In this segment, participants will learn how these dysfunctional systems and processes lead to brokenness.
3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — Revealing the Brokenness in the System, Community and Family
Carlton Waterhouse, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law Indiana Univ. School of Law
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. — Panel discussion
Moderator: Regan Moffitt, Associate Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation
- Lisa Corrigan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Director, Gender Studies Program, U of A Fayetteville
- Dana Harrison, Federal Public Defender Mitigation Specialist
- Rickey Phillips, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist
- Jin Hee Lee, Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Wrap-up
Saturday August 29th
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast and registration
9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. — Overview of the research project results/findings
Responses by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Latrece Gray, defense attorney
The Restoration segment is designed to examine barriers faced by those who have been involved in the Arkansas criminal justice system to access programs and services that will restore them to fully participating members of society.
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. — Strategies for Restoration
andré douglas pond cummings, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana Tech School of Law
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Restoration Strategies
Moderator: Leta Anthony, Director of Transitional Services, Helping Hand CDC
- Deangelo Lee, former ADC prisoner
- Lee Morris, Reentry Specialist, Pathway to Freedom
- Beverly Divers-White, Ed.D., BSW Consulting, Inc., School to Prison Pipeline
- Paul Stevens, Executive Director, Exodus Project
- Honorable Wiley Branton, Jr., 6th Judicial Circuit, Division 8
12:05 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. — Luncheon
Moderator: Steve Copley
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote: Barriers to Restoration
Wilbert Rideau, Award Winning Journalist who spent 44 years in Anglola Prison in Louisiana –
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Four respondents (5 minutes each)
- Omavi Shukur, Founder, Seeds of Liberation
- Julie Vandiver, Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Arkansas
- Deputy Chief Calvin Sergeant, Pine Bluff, AR
- Attorney Jon Comstock, Judicial Equality for Mental Illness
- 1:30- 2:00 – Audience participation
The Resurrection segment is designed to build on the Brokenness and Restoration segments and envision how communities can be uplifted, invigorated and assisted in shedding the burdens of inequality.
2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. — Resurrection: What does it look like?
Attorney Marion Humphrey (introduced by attorney Robert Tellez)
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Panel on Resurrection Strategies
Moderator: I. Malik Saafir, President & Founder, Janus Institute for Justice
- Rev. Dr. William H. Robinson Jr., Better Community Developers, Inc. Little Rock Arkansas
- Ben Creggett, Don’t Shoot Drug Intervention Program, Pine Bluff, AR
- Bill Kopsky, Director, Arkansas Public Policy Panel
- Vivian Flowers, State Representative, 17th District, Pine Bluff
4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — Final Wrap-up: Putting it in Context
Judge Ollie Neal
Moderator: John Kirk, Ph.D., Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History, Director, UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Mixer
UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, Student Lounge
Featuring Jazz Trio, The Package
Made possible by a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation.
|Congratulations to eSTEM and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) on an exciting new collaboration! The new project will entail new construction and renovation of existing UALR space to make way for a new eStem High School, serving students in grades 9-12. The high school is expected to open in two locations on and adjacent to campus in July 2017. eSTEM, the downtown open-enrollment public charter school, which is tuition free, operates on an enrollment lottery system and has a waiting list of more than 5,200 students. Learn more (UALR News).
John Bacon, CEO of eStem, called the collaboration the “most exciting and promising proposal” for students and Little Rock that he’s experienced in 20-plus years of working in education. Learn more (Arkansas Business).
The City of Little Rock needs volunteers September 8-12 to survey the historic neighborhoods in Quapaw Quarter. Learn more.
Studio Main presented some of its ideas this week for a Financial Quarter centering on Capitol Avenue. Learn more.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service welcomed 39 new students to its two-year Master of Public Service degree program this week. Dean Skip and Billie Rutherford invited community leaders to Trapnall Hall Thursday evening to personally greet the students and hear their plans. Students hail from Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Louisiana, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Wyoming and Wisconsin, as well as Afghanistan, Egypt, Singapore, Romania, Malawi, Switzerland, Albania and Tobago. Watch for them around downtown!
Make plans to stop by the Clinton Presidential Center over Labor Day weekend as the Center begins an new Oval Office exhibit from inside the full-scale reconstruction of the room (formerly roped off) as it was during the Clinton administration. For an extra charge a professional photographer will capture your visit!
The Center has also announced the opening November 7 of Coca-Cola: An American Original, 42nd exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola glass bottle. Included in the exhibit will be Pop Art by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell paintings, Haddon Sundblom Santa Clauses and a collection of Coca-Cola-related presidential artifacts.
The Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park announced this week the opening of a new exhibition Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art, a major collection of modern and contemporary Latino art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to be on display October 16-January 17. Beginning in August, the Arts Center will complement Our America by installing art works from its permanent collection created by Latino American artists and artists who inspired contemporary Latino art including Jose Bedia (Cuba), Pablo Picasso (Spain) and Diego Rivera (Mexico).
The new Fall Quarter classes catalog for the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School is available online here.
River Market District
We’re conducting a survey of downtown historic neighborhoods and need volunteers with tablets or smartphones to survey properties during the week of September 8 – 12. Whether you have a background in an architecture-related field or you’re a local resident who cares about the buildings in your neighborhood, we’d love your participation! Everyone is welcome. Please share this information with your colleagues, congregations, coworkers, students, or anybody that I interested in history or preserving our downtown historic neighborhoods. Also, please post to your blogs, Facebook, Instagram accounts, email distribution lists, or any other social media to get the word out.
This is an opportunity to contribute to informed decision-making about buildings and land in Little Rock neighborhoods as well as have some fun and learn some new things too! Training will be provided.
The City of Little Rock has been awarded a grant to study the existing structures in the downtown area, generally considered to be the greater Quapaw Quarter area. Place Economics is coordinating the survey, but in order to survey 8000 parcels, we need volunteers to assist us. The volunteers will be trained on the approximately seven questions that will be asked on each property. Volunteers will be grouped in pairs or threes. You will need a smart phone or tablet with access to wifi.
The call for volunteers has been finalized. We would very much appreciate your help sending this to various universities/programs, community/neighborhood orgs, distributing it on your own social media sites, etc. to get the word out. The farther we can spread this, the better chance of getting enough volunteers to complete the survey in 4.5 days! Anyone who wants to help survey for whatever length of time they’re able, they’re welcome.
There’s an intro page there with some info about what to expect, so feel free to pull any language from there that can help frame this when you’re talking about it with others/emailing to orgs. My contact info is in there too if anyone has questions. This will help us get a sense of who’s interested in volunteering and who’s available when.
Thanks for your interest in the Little Rock Relocal Field Survey! We need your help to survey neighborhood properties. Whether you have a background in an architecture-related field or you’re a local resident who cares about the buildings in your neighborhood, we’d love your participation! Everyone is welcome. This is an opportunity to contribute to informed decision-making about buildings and land in Little Rock neighborhoods as well as hopefully have some fun and learn some new things too!
About the project: The City of Little Rock has commissioned a study called Relocal, which is being led by a team from PlaceEconomics. Relocal uses over 70 metrics to inform decision-making around vacant properties and creates recommendations for how to incorporate them into long-term neighborhood planning. Part of Relocal includes this field survey, which is an opportunity to get current information about the condition and features of every single parcel of land (whether it has a building on it or not) in our study areas. This is where you come in!
The Relocal Field Survey will take place Tuesday, September 8th – Saturday, September 12th and you can participate as much as your availability allows.
How it works: Surveyors (like you!) will be taking a photo of and answering a few questions about each parcel of land out in the areas we’re assessing (majority of the Quapaw Quarter Area).
— You will answer approximately seven questions or fewer for each parcel that include assessing the building’s condition and architectural character, sidewalk condition, and identifying what a parcel of land is being used for.
— Each question will have a few possible answers for you to choose from. It goes pretty fast!
— Surveyors will be teamed up in pairs or threes.
— You will use your own smartphones or tablets in the field to access the web-based survey, which basically looks like Google satellite but with each parcel clearly outlined for ease of completion.
Don’t worry if you this sounds like more than you know now — it will all be explained with lots of photos in a training session you’ll complete before surveying and it’s a pretty straightforward process. Don’t have a phone? No problem, we’d still love your help.
To sign up as a volunteer, please follow the Survey Monkey link above.
Thanks and look forward to working with you!
Brian Minyard, AICP
City of Little Rock
723 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
|Call for Nominations: 2015 Arkansas Preservation Awards
NOMINATIONS DUE August 31
Preserve Arkansas is seeking nominations for the 2015 Arkansas Preservation Awards. The Arkansas Preservation Awards will be presented at a ceremony and dinner in January 2016. The awards will honor preservation achievements, people who make a difference in their communities, and projects that inspire others to protect Arkansas’s special historic places.
Past honorees of the Arkansas Preservation Awards include architects, carpenters, and community leaders; museums, advocacy organizations, and neighborhood groups; and restoration and rehabilitation of historic schools, office buildings, post offices, courthouses and bridges.
Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for eligible projects in the following categories–
-Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation
-Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson
-Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation
-Excellence in Preservation through Restoration
-Excellence in Personal Preservation Projects
-Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy
-Outstanding New Construction in an Historic Setting
-Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media
-Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication
-Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education -Excellence in Heritage Preservation
-Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement (for 2016)
To nominate a person, project, or program, visit PreserveArkansas.org to download a nomination form or to nominate online. For more information or to request a nomination form, call or email 501-372-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are due by August 31, 2015.
|Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.|