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Re: “When you can't afford an attorney, Arkansas Legal Services helps fill the 'justice gap'

The "Contact Us" form on the Arkansas Legal Services website, the only means of communication with the organization other than via the phone, no longer works. And the site's info on the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, which states that problems receiving Food Stamps is a type of case which falls within their "established priorities", is erroneous, as a good friend who is having great difficulties obtaining an ABAWD exemption letter was told they would not assist him on two different occasions--in one instance the staff member hung up on him immediately after stating "We can't help you".

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Posted by videoartcollector on 10/06/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Time for Valley of the Vapors

There are issues related to the VOV's scheduling which should be addressed. The VOV's website and press releases (printed in the Arkansas Times) list set times for all days of the festival; they are published weeks in advance, and appear to thoughtfully accommodate older audiences and those who work. As a music festival, not a nightclub, it should endeavor to promote independent music by reaching a greater cross section of locals than only those under 25. Unfortunately, the VOV management routinely shifts sets to late-night time slots, creating line-ups which don't end until 4 a.m. or later; those who show up at the listed times are expected to simply "hang out" for hours on end. I might chalk it up to last minute changes in the band's schedules, but when I spoke to the owner of the VOV's main venue (and one of its chief organizers), he seemed completely unaware of the times on the VOV website and in the papers. This suggests these decisions are spur of the moment rather than necessitated by circumstances. It's troubling when an event of this much local significance is managed in such haphazard fashion (there are echoes of the near-demise of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, which shared organizer overlap with the VOV). I know they have a right to change dates, times and venues without notice, but how does keeping the festival out of the reach of an older base of potential financial backers, and making it accessible only to teens and college students, help it survive in the long run?

Posted by videoartcollector on 03/21/2013 at 3:10 PM


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