What’s Next for Our Buffalo River?

“Now- More Than Ever, We Need To Network!”
Lin Wellford with the Ozark Resource Watchdogs

What’s Next for Our Buffalo River?
Saturday April 7 – Mount Sequoyah – 6:00-8:00 pm

Hello Everyone-
The past year seems like one continuous wake-up call, with threats to our planet, our health, our institutions, our resources, our very quality of life. Well-funded special interest groups flex their influence and power everywhere we look. Never before have grassroots groups been so vital.

On April 7th, Terry Spence with Socially Responsible Agriculture Project will be in Fayetteville to speak, along with other presenters, at an evening program at Mount Sequoyah called “What’s Next for our Buffalo River” from 6-8 pm.

Pre-Meeting for Interested People
Terry would also like the opportunity to speak with the Ozark Resources Watchdog group about opportunities and strategies for working together to amplify our impact. There are now a growing number of such coalitions in other states and they are seeing some success. We would love to have all Watchdog members, interested people, and representatives from other groups who share a focus on the environment, social justice, health and safety issue and animal welfare, join us at the Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology at 11:30 on April 7th for a luncheon meeting. Chili and fixings will be provided in both regular and vegetarian versions, and every organization represented will have a chance to briefly update us on their efforts and challenges.

Your RSVP (to will help insure we have enough food, so please respond to this invitation. We expect to be finished by around 2:30 and hope that many of you will also be able to attend the program at Mount Sequoyah later that evening. We understand that the “#MeToo March” has also been rescheduled for the afternoon of April 7th and that some may want to leave early to participate in that. If you can’t stay, but have upcoming events or a request for social media support, please bring handouts to share.
“Stronger Together”

NWA’s Homeless Population

NWA’s Homeless Population: Understanding and Addressing Their Complicated Needs
Thurs March 15 – 5:00-7:30 – Genesis Church, 205 MLK Blvd.

Featured Panelists: Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, UA Jones Chair in Community, Capt. Josh Robinett, CEO Salvation Army, Solomon Burchfield, Ops Director 7 Hills Day Center and Housing, Joy Shirley, Director of Student Services Fayetteville High School. Moderated by Kyle Kellams, photos on display by Andrew Kilgore

Light refreshments at 5:00, program begins at 6:00.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Prizewinning Author to Read from The Moor’s Account

Prizewinning Author to Read from The Moor’s Account
Her Pulitzer Prize Longlisted Novel
Weds March 14 – Giffels Auditorium, UA – 6:00 pm

Laila Lalami, novelist, essayist and professor of creative writing at University of California at Riverside, will read from her novel The Moor’s Account on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Giffels Auditorium (MAIN 201) on the University of Arkansas Campus. Refreshments will be served, and copies of The Moor’s Account will be available for signing and purchase after the reading.

The Moor’s Account was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It imagines the life of the first black explorer of America: a Moroccan slave whose voice is missing from the history books.

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco, a place whose past and present permeate her writing. A novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Lalami is a unique and confident voice in the conversations about race and immigration that increasingly occupy our national attention. Her writing has been translated into ten languages.

The lecture is presented by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Co-sponsors are the African and African American Studies Program and the Indigenous Studies Program. Join the event on Facebook.

Stand With Dreamers

Mon March 6 – 4:00-5:00 pm
Springdale #DreamActNow Action at Sen. Cotton’s Office
1108 S Old Missouri Rd
Hosted by Arkansas United Community Coalition
Sen. Cotton has been on the frontlines of anti-immigrant negotiations and needs to continue to hear from us.

March 5th is a crucial day for the immigrant community across the country because that’s the arbitrary deadline given by Trump to Congress to pass a permanent solution that will benefit millions of undocumented youth the day he killed DACA.

Since September 5th, immigrant youth have taken action in DC and across the country to demand passage of the Dream Act, yet congress has chosen inaction. Our community will not stay quiet or back down, we demand permanent protection, as immigrant youth continue to lose their DACA protection. We also commit to continue fighting for the immigrant community.
Event Page Here

Invitation to Peace People

Invitation to Peace People
Special People Power Meeting
Monday March 5 – 6:30 pm – OMNI

We all want a welcoming, safe, and prosperous community. And when some of us aren’t safe, none of us are safe. That’s more true now than its ever been. You can help protect people’s rights in Washington County by understanding what the 4th Amendment really means for your family and your neighbors.

People Power of Washington County will unveil this Know Your Rights Campaign in the coming weeks. We’ll work with other groups to support the rights and well-being of immigrants, refugees, and all Arkansans from unconstitutional search, seizure, detentions and deportations. We’ll get 19,000 signatures on a petition that says we want everybody’s rights protected. We’ll help educate our White friends and neighbors on the complicated issues.

OMNI folks and friends are invited to be part of the early action by signing the petition, and coming to an information meeting next Monday, March 5, at 6:30 pm at OMNI Center. We need volunteers, money, and petition signatures to help defend our neighbors in this time of crisis.

Find out more on Monday evening, 6:30 pm at OMNI Center. If you can’t come, sign the support petition right here:
Protect People’s Rights in Washington County

Save the Buffalo Again!

Save the Buffalo Again!
Time Sensitive

Special interests are threatening to undermine ADEQ’s ability to protect clean water during the upcoming legislative special session. Call the Governor and your State Legislators today—let them know that you strongly favor protecting the Buffalo River and you want them to stand up against all efforts that would harm her.

More information here:

Contact for your Arkansas representatives
Contact Governor Hutchinson
501-682-2345 or email