Learning from and working with each other
ACPJ is a coalition of individuals and organizations who work to promote peaceful and just relationships through education, dialogue, and action.
We envision a culture and society of peace and nonviolence, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
Arkansas Peace Week • Alternatives to Violence Project • Hiroshima Remembrance • Speak Out Arkansas on KABF radio.
During the third week of September, in observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace, Arkansas Peace Week includes numerous events hosted by dozens of organizations throughout the state. These events feature education, service, dialogue and outreach to promote peacemaking in our society and raise awareness of organizations working to build a lasting peace in Arkansas.
Arkansas Peace Week is conducted by a coalition of local, national and international organizations, faith groups, and individuals in coordination with the nationwide Campaign Non-Violence Week of Actions.
Promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict • Shift from a military to a civilian based economy, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met • Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at military facilities and prevent further contamination • Eliminate testing, production and use of weapons of mass destruction • Prevent violence against women • Increase women’s political leadership to further WAND’s goals
We use a model of prayer, study, and action to discern and then work for justice and peace. We promote the importance of understanding the root causes of injustice and violence.
Peace through Social Justice • Economic and Interracial Justice in the U.S. • Disarmament, Demilitarization, & Reconciliation with Justice • Spirituality of Nonviolence and Peacemaking • Human Rights and Global Restoration
APJMM embodies a statewide collaborative effort to acknowledge, and to learn from, our shared documented history of hundreds of incidents of extra-legal racial, political and religious violence and injustices, with the goal of creating meaningful avenues for transformative peace and restorative justice through truth-seeking and reconciliation.
. . . through capacity-building, connection, and collective action.
JCA’s purpose is to transform Arkansas into the nation`s most inclusive, equitable, and upwardly mobile place for all who live, work or play here through education, consulting, and collective action.
—where every person is valued, every voice is heard, and everyone has a fair chance to succeed.
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.
N.W. Arkansas’ only community organization dedicated to promoting peace, social justice and environmental protection… Art shows, music events, an ongoing documentary film series, young people’s programs, community events, vegetarian dinners, and more are among the activities you may find at OMNI’s Bennett House on any given day or evening in a typical month! There’s something for everyone. Please join us.
The Interfaith Center’s mission is to reduce the hatred and fear among the world’s religions.
We are serious about our vision of an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions bridge divides and find common values to build a shared vision of future together. Interfaith cooperation is the key to transforming this religiously diverse country into a more kind and pluralistic nation.
Thus, we create spaces where people can learn about other religions, provide opportunities for them to get to know each other and design conversations that can help bridge the differences and highlight commonalities.
The vision of Interfaith Arkansas is to live and work in unity together as neighbors, uniting in the truth we share while learning, sharing and celebrating the unique qualities that make us diverse.
Interfaith Arkansas was started in the late 1950’s as the Arkansas Council of Churches. It grew out of the school crisis at Little Rock Central. In Little Rock at the time, white and black pastors were not allowed to meet together. So they met at Camp Aldersgate. . . . In November 2013, the name was changed to Interfaith Arkansas to reflect the current nature of interfaith and ecumenical work.
Arkansas Culture and Dialog Center promotes diversity, dialogue and friendship among all different cultures and people live in this beautiful State of Arkansas and the Country.
Without comprehensive equal rights legislation at the federal level, LGBTQ+ people are subject to an inconsistent patchwork of legal protections in their states and local communities. This leaves millions of our most marginalized people at risk of potential discrimination at work and in their daily lives.
That’s why the Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ+ equality alongside lawmakers at the local and state levels across the country. Find out what HRC is doing in Arkansas and how you can help secure equal rights for all of its LGBTQ+ citizens.
decARcerate is a nonprofit working to affirm human dignity by confronting unjust systems. We envision a world where equity, healing, and reconciliation replace systems of punishment and oppression.
Helping Returning Citizens Develop a Path to Success
C.A.R.E. is comprised of members who support the day to day work of assisting those in transition from incarceration, homelessness and other life events back into the community. The members include criminal and social justice advocates, social service agencies, government agencies and concerned members of the public.
The Refugee Resettlement Office provides services and assistance to refugees, asylees, Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan (SIVs) Cuban parolees and victims of trafficking. This diocesan office works closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
El Zócalo is a grassroots organization in Central Arkansas. Our mission is to promote a dignified life for immigrants in Arkansas by connecting individuals and families with services and fostering community-wide understanding through education. Poverty, language and cultural barriers often make it difficult for immigrants to navigate life in Arkansas. We take a culturally-informed approach, providing the support they need to help themselves.
Empowering our Latinx & Hispanic community to create generational change.
We’re on a mission to build a bridge between Hispanic communities and general life in Arkansas through education, information, and resources.
Our Mission: To inspire all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Our Vision: To be the premier youth organization in the Central Arkansas area by expanding membership, creating partnerships, improving program quality, increasing attendance to secondary education, upgrading facilities, engaging alumni, and increasing funding.
We bring a WHOLE child approach to MENTORING by developing or cultivating a grid of relationships and resources for youth wherever they are. We show up at home, in schools, and throughout the community with relationships and resources to connect every child to what and who they need to succeed in school, career, and life.
For children that number jumps to 1 in 4. What does being food insecure mean? At some point during the year—due to job loss, marital status, or natural disasters—your household is suddenly disrupted because you are without enough money and nearby resources to feed yourself or your family. This hunger simulation will allow you to experience a day in the life of a person facing hunger, and the heart wrenching decisions they must make daily to survive. Could you survive a day lived by neighbors facing hunger? Take the virtual Hunger Simulation.
We work with local and national non-profit organizations as well as state and federal agencies in implementing programs designed to increase access to food and teach low-income Arkansans the skills they need to make healthy food choices.
In 2004, our six founding members, the Arkansas Food Bank, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Harvest Regional Food Bank, River Valley Regional Food Bank and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank formally incorporated the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in the state of Arkansas. In 2008, the Arkansas Hunger Coalition merged with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, thus expanding the scope of the Alliance’s work into issues of advocacy and anti-hunger policy.
Community: We strive to connect farms to tables and people to their communities.
Transparency: We strive to provide customers with a variety of choices and share all the information we have about vendors’ growing and production practices.
Food Justice: We strive to make nutritious and delicious food available for all people.
Located on the upper floor of a house that was home to the original ACORN (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), KABF’s history has close ties to the community organization and ACORN’s co-founder Wade Rathke also co-founded KABF and serves as its Station Manager. Launched in 1984, KABF broadcasts over FM at an astonishing 100,000 watts of power.
The mission of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives and realize their full potential. We:
- Serve as a voice for children at the Arkansas State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.
- Gather and analyze data to support public policy that serves all children and families.
- Organize coalitions of diverse groups to drive change.
Our goal is to establish a vibrant and active organization in Arkansas as we seek to reach across the political divide and develop greater respectful communications and, where feasible, collaborations to help solve problems facing our state and nation.
Braver Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. We try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it. We engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together. We support principles that bring us together rather than divide us.
The purpose of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society is to provide a place where anyone can meditate with others on a daily or weekly basis, to bring Buddhist teachers, retreats, classes, and social events to the Little Rock area and to help provide ways to explore different branches and practices of Buddhist philosophy.
“The Arkansas House of Prayer is an interfaith haven, set apart in nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation, and quiet, where all are welcome.”
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy on issues. Our goal is to empower everyone to shape better communities through education and study of the issues that challenge Arkansans.
The ACLU of Arkansas (ACLU-AR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which uses legal, legislative and public education methods to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues including, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and more. The ACLU-AR is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights.
Arkansas AWARE is a project funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- GOAL 1: To increase coordinated referrals, mental health services and programs, and follow-up for children.
- GOAL 2: Increase outreach and engagement among youth, families, schools, and communities in an effort to increase awareness, mental health identification, and implementation of services and programs.
- GOAL 3: Develop the infrastructure that will sustain mental health among youth and maintain mental and behavioral health services when federal funding ends.
Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light’s mission is to educate and energize diverse faith communities to care for God’s creation and work toward climate justice.
Since 2014, Ark. IPL has worked with local gardeners and farmers to build a network of local growers with more than 240 partners. They share knowledge, skills, tools, seeds, and food with one another. They also share surplus food with area food pantries.
Empowering through: engagement | education | encouragement
The League’s passion is climate justice. Recognizing the intersection of poverty, race, and pollution, we work for inclusive climate response, including a just energy transition driven by local voices and resulting in healthier Arkansas communities.
Education and civic engagement are our action pathways. Collaboration is the heart of our efforts.
From 2017-2019 The League focused heavily on connecting emerging Arkansas climate leaders and funding individual scholarships to regional and national climate conferences.
Through science, education, and advocacy, we work across the state to preserve habitat and protect bird species that are of special concern; and we identify and support Important Bird Areas (IBAs), a hallmark of Audubon’s efforts worldwide. It begins with birds, but our mission connects people to nature on a much wider scale. We work on preventing air and water pollution, promoting land conservation, and reducing the impact of global climate change.
Mission – Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club: to explore, enjoy and protect the planet; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.
The Little Rock Compassion Center, Inc. is an inner-city mission focused on a ministry of hope to those experiencing homelessness, hunger, and those who are displaced and under-resourced in the Little Rock area.
We would not be able to do without the generosity of our community as we are 100% donation funded. Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure daily help us transform the lives of those most vulnerable right her in Little Rock.
AWAKEN, Arkansas’ Women & Kids Educational Nook, is the Little Rock Compassion Center’s shelter for single women and mothers with children. It is a 75-bed facility designed to meet the needs of women and children experiencing homelessness in Little Rock.
This special place is much more than a shelter. It has been designed to be a warm and welcoming home-like environment with a focus on recovery, family, life transformation, and hope renewed.
Coming here, women and children in crisis will awaken to a new life at the Nook.
- A safe place for single women and mothers with children.
- A healing place among people who understand and care.
- A place to be loved, forgiven, and made new by Jesus Christ.
- A place to restore health with 3 good meals a day.
- A place to build a better life.
Arkansas is a place where an enlightened and empowered population ensures that the economic, social and political resources are managed to serve the public good and the state’s natural environment is respected and nurtured.
Arkansas Public Policy Panel is a statewide organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice by organizing citizen groups around the state, educating and supporting them to be more effective and powerful, and linking them with one another in coalitions and networks. The Panel seeks to bring balance to the public policy process in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Citizens First Congress is a multi-issue and non-partisan coalition of organizations who work together for progressive changes in state policy. Coalition members come from all corners of the state and work on many different issues. At the Arkansas Legislature, the coalition members lobby together on a common agenda. They also watchdog the legislature, and lobby against threats to progressive policy. The Arkansas Citizens First Congress has lobbied lawmakers at the Arkansas Legislature since 1999.
When people join together around a common purpose they can accomplish great things through planning and action.
We envision an Arkansas and nation where every person has access to affordable healthcare, secure housing, a livable income, and a nurturing community.
We are a grassroots organization that brings low-income and working families to together to fight for social and economic justice.
Recognizing the enormity of the challenges we face together, Arkansas Justice Reform Coalition is dedicated to making a lasting structure that amplifies the voice and needs of those most impacted. The coalition’s focus is to elevate and amplify the real impacts and costs of incarceration. Our work is not done until we are all free. Learn more about our initiatives and get involved yourself.
To reduce incarceration and the need for foster care through a community-driven approach.
We do this utilizing our Crisis to Career model and our collaborative case management system, which allows for effective partnerships between agencies, community service providers, and faith-based organizations resulting in significantly better outcomes for communities.
Our Vision: We aspire to a central Arkansas in which every eligible voter exercises their right to vote. We are working toward a government that represents the full diversity of Arkansans’ lived experiences and that implements evidence-based policies that protect the environment and honor human dignity & equality.
Our Mission: We register, educate, and mobilize Arkansas voters. We hold our elected officials accountable to those voters’ values.
Our Values: Justice. Equity. Compassion. Inclusion.
Action by action, day by day, group by group, Indivisibles are remaking our democracy.
WCF’s mission is to provide safety, strength, and hope to all victims of family violence.
Domestic violence is a crime – in addition to being illegal, it is wrong – dead wrong. All victims must escape the madness.
Women and Children First wants to provide education and resources to help end abuse and begin the process of healing.
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The current process for helping victims of domestic violence can be confusing, complex, and difficult to access. Inefficiencies strain limited public and private resources and often force victims to recount their painful experiences to multiple providers. Women must find transportation to as many as 20 different offices to obtain orders of protection from their abuser and replace vital documents such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and school records, so they can begin a new life, free from domestic violence.
The Little Rock Friends Meeting traces its origins to a group that began meeting in Little Rock in 1953. Throughout its early decades the group met various places including rooms in churches. In 1995 the Meeting bought a historic house on Markham Street which has served as the Meeting House since that time.
The “Quaker House” has frequently been the venue for ACPJ monthly meetings for many years.
To those seeking a spiritual home, no matter where you are on your journey, Community of Christ is a welcoming, loving, worldwide faith community that values the worth of every person as a child of God, and provides a safe space for you to explore and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.
We want to openly affirm and reach out to people of all: Races. Gender Identities, Sexual Orientations, Creeds, Varied Beliefs, and all the ways God makes people unique and beautiful. ALL have a place at God’s table.
We are commUNITY; Community of Christ!
The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers promotes the secular, non-theistic, humanist viewpoint. We work to protect the First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state in a coalition with like-minded people and organizations. Our Society enriches the community by hosting and developing informative activities and events, and encourages and facilitates public dialogue in matters of science, reason, and inclusivity. The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers does not discriminate as to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, or disability.
Family Promise of Pulaski County opened its doors in 2005 as the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Little Rock, helping homeless families with children achieve independence and providing area congregations with local mission activities. In 2010, our name changed to Family Promise of Pulaski County, aligning with the organization’s nationwide name change and reflecting our network of congregations throughout North Little Rock, Maumelle and Sherwood.
The purpose of the Arkansas Humanities Council is to promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities in Arkansas. To achieve its purpose, the council awards through a competitive process to nonprofit groups and organizations that allow them to plan and conduct projects in the humanities for Arkansas audiences.
Our mission is to empower Arkansans to connect with the humanities by encouraging the discovery and understanding of our diverse and mutual experiences.