eAppalActions
April 2014
 

Rest in Peace Leslie Perry

  

 Storyteller. Keeping Stories Alive By Telling Them! 
 
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Happy spring everyone!

 

A special thanks to all who responded and sent in information about the volunteer opportunities in your area. Check out what folks are looking for!

 

And please remember if you a have something you would like to include in eAppalActions, make sure to send your information to Patricia Jones, patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org, before the 15th of each month.

 

Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22. It's a time of year where the whole world takes a moment to celebrate this earth we call home. It's also a time that we demonstrate our support for the protection of the environment. There will be plenty of events to attend, but I ask that in addition to that, that you

take action.

 

Let's all pledge today to do whatever we can to help our region and the planet, no matter how big or small that thing may be. We've learned that small things can make a big change. So whether you decide to ride your bike, recycle, volunteer or work with groups that are researching clean energy or global warming, showing your support to ACF and the environmental work that we have funded by making a donation in honor of Earth Day, or by just spending the day being more aware of and responsible for your own carbon foot print, I ask that you do something!!

 

In awareness of Earth Day, I'm sharing my Earth Day poem, "Note from a Loving Mother," with you in our new Art and Activism section. I hope you enjoy.

 

As always thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for being a part of a community of readers that celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia!

 

Happy Earth Day!


 

Peace, love and light,

Margo

Executive Director

The Intersection of Arts and Activism
A Mother's Loving NoteMothersLovingNote
by poetmargo April 8, 2011

 

Image: From RadicalGraphics.org
 
 Your feet are growing heavier Dear,  
 
Not like when you were younger 

and crawled around 

bumping into this and that 
until you finally pulled yourself up 
to timidly walk around. 
Even your stumbling and bumping back then 
hurt you more than me. 
Those explorations that made us both laugh.

Now your bumps blow off mountaintops... Read more here.
 
 
 
New Biography Released on Eula Hall, Founder of Mud Creek Clinic
Detailing Her Life of Poverty and Activism in Appalachia
Eula Hall: A lifelong soldier in the fight against poverty
Eula Hall: A Lifelong Soldier in the Fight Against Poverty
Born into abject poverty in Greasy Creek, Kentucky, Eula found herself -through sheer determination and will- at the center of a century-long struggle to lift up a part of America that is too often forgotten. Through countless interviews and years of research, Kiran Bhatraju, whose father worked in Eula's clinic and Pikeville Medical Center for two decades, deftly traces Eula's life from impoverished 'hired' girl to legendary community activist. Eula served as a foot soldier in the War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson's noble attempt to change the trajectory of the region. That work sparked her determination to follow her own brand of tough-love, bootstrapped compassion for a lifetime. Eula's suffered years of severe abuse at the hands of two separate husbands but overcame that adversity to continue fighting for women and children throughout the mountains of Appalachia. Her story shows how one woman can make a difference in her community through an intuitive understanding of justice and the power of one. Mud Creek Medicine takes the reader through Eula's experiences with selling moonshine to feed her kids, coal labor strikes, and fighting against severe domestic abuse, to eventually building and managing her clinic which still stands today in Mud Creek, Kentucky.
Her fight has touched on nearly every issue important to Appalachia in the 20th century and has inspired generations of men and women in the mountains to stand up to injustices. 

 

Appalachian Queer Film Festival

Lewisburg, West Virginia
Born of one simple idea, to bring queer film to Appalachia and by extension, West Virginia, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival (AQFF) has grown into a concrete representation of hard work and perseverance. After months of planning and preparation, the AQFF is slated to be the premiere film festival in West Virginia. The AQFF will make its home in Lewisburg, West Virginia, a small, hip, historic town in the Greenbrier Valley. In 2011, this quaint 3500 person artist colony town was voted the coolest town in America. AQFF is excited to not only share great films with the people of this region, but to share the people with great filmmakers.They are a filmmakers festival-founded by filmmakers, organized by filmmakers and programmed by filmmakers. AQFF hope is that filmmakers will use this unique opportunity to connect with other filmmakers, show their work to an audience who otherwise go unnoticed, and develop an appreciation and respect for the people, culture, and landscape of this historic region. Many outside filmmakers may have negative preconceptions about West Virginia. AQFF want to show these outsiders the beauty of our region and its people. On the other hand, many Appalachians may have little exposure to queer films or filmmakers. For them, AQFF wants to break down any negative preconceptions or stereotypes by introducing them to fascinating queer artists and films and providing the opportunity for them to be moved by their work.

 

Hip Hop Legend DJ D Nice 
Tours MTR Destruction 
Written by Crystal Good
In mid-November of 2013, DJ D Nice arrived in West Virginia to wittness and photograph some of the MTR sites firsthand. We (myself, OVEC staff Vivian Stockman and poet Tuesday Taylor) took him up for a ground tour of Kayford Mountain, where we met with Keeper of the Mountain's member Junior Walk. The next morning, Jones, Stockman and I took an aerial tour of mountaintop removal sites courtesy of SouthWings. Read more here.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Supporting Emerging Appalachian Leadership is Hiring

SEAL Coordinator 

SEAL seeks a part-time Coordinator for our network activities.  The Coordinator will work closely with the Coordinating Committee as well as other network members to support emerging leadership within educational institutions, businesses, non-profits, and philanthropy. They will build organizational structures to improve internal and external communications as well as prompting cross-regional planning and activities.  The SEAL Coordinator will report to SEAL's Steering Committee. Please send resume, cover letter, a two-page writing sample, and three references to sealappalachia@gmail.comThis position will be open until filled, however, they expect to fill it by May 1st. To read detailed job description click here.
 

RESIST is Hiring 

Director of Administration and Finance
RESIST is one of the oldest funders of grassroots organizing and action in the United States and they are expanding our team to include a part-time director of administration and finance. 
The director of administration and finance oversees all activities related to RESIST's finances and administration. These include managing the budget, accounting, audit, taxes, staff payroll and benefits, investments, and information technology. All RESIST staff members participate in our political education activities and our collaborations with other organizations; create and review written materials and electronic communications; serve on the board of directors (after six months of employment); and perform general office tasks. This is a half-time position (20 hours per week) with a salary of $32,500 and excellent benefits. Read more here.

  

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Development Associate

The development associate will work with the development director to implement the grassroots fundraising and membership recruitment and renewal program, including emphasis on leadership development, community events and outreach, sustaining giving, and organizational sales. KFTC is a membership led, statewide social justice organization with a diverse membership made up significantly of low and moderate income Kentuckians. We work on a broad platform of issues, including economic justice, environmental protection, and voting rights. KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to Jessica George, development director: jessica@kftc.org. A full job description can be found here. 

 

Director of Development and External Relations 

Private School, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Are you an innovative, highly engaged, fundraising generalist with seven plus years of experience building and growing successful, broad-based development efforts?  Do you possess that rare combination of skills which include the art of people management, relationship building and the science of measured outcome delivery?  As the director of development & external relations, you will operate as the lead fundraising professional in partnership with a dynamic head of school, engaged senior management team and a highly supportive board of trustees to advance the mission and bring the school to its next chapter of sustained growth. Read more here.  

 

Community Farm Alliance

Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator
The Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that strives to bring a voice on issues affecting family farmers and local food consumers to both state and national policy makers. Since 1985, the Community Farm Alliance has led major innovations in Kentucky's agriculture, food and community policy development. The Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and integrating CFA's Program of Work in Eastern Kentucky that: a. builds CFA's East Kentucky membership, b. identifies and develops East Kentucky CFA Leadership, and c. helps to build regional and community food systems. To read the full announcement click here.

High Rocks

Program Coordinator

High Rocks is actively recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time staff position at High Rocks. High Rocks Educational Corporation, an award-winning non-profit leadership program in Hillsboro, WV with the mission to educate, empower and inspire young women in West Virginia is seeking a qualified candidate for a program coordinator. The coordinator will work directly with youth and volunteers to implement year-round programming and will also be responsible for the primary coordination of college access programming, admission and recruitment, the Teaching Project, the internship program and marketing. He/she will also represent High Rocks in a larger community of regional networks and partnerships. Applications can be e-mailed to Margaret Emanuel, lead program coordinator at margaret@highrocks.org. For more information click here

Volunteer Opportunities

VolunteerOpportunitiesDAWG

My Life Project 

DAWG is a statewide organization and needs assistance to make sure their website reflects the issues of the entire state. They are looking for volunteers throughout West Virginia to contribute to their website as part of their My Life Project. If you do not live in West Virginia but would like to contribute to their website anyway please contact them to discuss it. For details on requirements, expectations, perks and to apply to be a contributor visit My Life ContributorAny questions please contact info@wvdawg.org.

 

Melange 

Summer 2014 

Melange is looking for Spanish Language Support in Morristown, Tennessee. They are looking for volunteers to translate documents, resources and flyers from English into Spanish. They are also looking for Factory Workers Outreach to Distribute materials to industrial parks and factories with-in the three  industrial parks of Hamblen County, Tennessee (Spanish-speakers encouraged, but not required). Melange also has volunteer opportunities in Eastern Kentucky Research and Mapping. Researchers needed in support of video documentation in specific communities in Letcher, Leslie, Knott, Martin, Breathitt, Perry and Pike Counties of Eastern Kentucky. Volunteers should have a working interest in African American history and issues around mountaintop removal coal mining.

   

Centro Hispano

As Centro Hispano keeps growing more and more students come. Centro Hispano are always in need of volunteers to help us with ESL, GED, Basic Literacy, Elementary and Middle School Classes. Let's keep HELPING FAMILIES REACH THEIR DREAMS. Please click here or call (865) 522-0052 for more information. 

 

May Day Parade and Barbecue

Put the People First

Jobs with Justice is co-sponsoring a May Day parade and barbecue with United Campus Workers, SEEED, and NAACP. They're currently seeking co-sponsorships from other local organizations, so they'll be adding to this list in the near future! This will be the Knoxville event, and there are coordinated statewide actions on May 1 all over the state. This event will be the second action in the statewide movement to Put the People First. This movement is inspired by the Moral Monday movement, and the rallying cry here in TN is for Living Wage Jobs, Defense of Public Schools, and Protecting our Democratic Rights to vote, to organize, and to protest. The first event was on March 11, a rally at the capital and a march into the governor's office. The May Day event in Knoxville will start in Market Square at 6 p.m., and there will be a sidewalk parade/march to Vine Middle School, and conclude with a barbecue in Harriet Tubman Park across the street. Folks are needed to help set up the barbecue, serve food, clean up afterwards, as well as make signs on May 1, probably beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.  Before the event they will need help with outreach by distributing handbills or fliers or by sign-making on April 17 at the SEEED building. For further details, click here or contact Anne Barnett at 865-206-6086.

 

Greeneville Farmers Market

Volunteers are needed for, community outreach, help with special events, grant research and writing, and other areas. For more details click here.

 

Clinch Coalition 

Trail Work Day

On May 10th, 2014 the Clinch Coailition will be meeting at Tacoma Community Center (old school house) at 9 a.m.  They will provide tools and hard hats; volunteers need to bring lunch, water, gloves, and good work boots! Call Steve for addition information:  276-479-2176.

 

  

Appalachian Prison Book Project
The Appalachian Prison Book Project
A nonprofit organization that sends free books to women and men imprisoned in six states. The Project receives hundreds of letters each month from individuals in prison who are looking for reading materials. Volunteers respond to letters, collect and organize donated books, fundraise, and do community outreach. For more information, contact Katy Ryan kohearnr@mail.wvu.edu. View website here.
 
 
Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED)
Green the Block 
SEEED is announcing another day of community service and action on April 19th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to conduct interviews with homeowners, and to help with a neighborhood cleanup. Called Green the Block, this event's purpose is to mobilize members of the community, along with partnering organizations, some local faith based organizations, and green businesses to demonstrate how green jobs could be created to alleviate several pressing issues in our communities. Green jobs can be created by weatherizing low-income homes which can reduce utility costs. High utility costs are the primary cause of homelessness.
This Green the Block will be in the Mechanicsville Community, starting at the Danny Mayfield Park located at 700 College Street. Saturday, April 19, 2014. The event will conclude with a rally in the park. There will be food, music, and family entertainment!!! 
 

The League of Women Voters for Knoxville/Knox County

The League of Women Voters for Knoxville/Knox County is seeking volunteers for the following: Observer corps (observe and report on public meetings such as City Council and County Commission), special events (assist with the planning and implementation of League events) and voter services (help plan candidate forums and/or register voters). If you are interested in learning more please email league@lwvknoxville.org. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information please visit www.lwvknoxville.org.

 

Rose Center Council for the Art 

Rose Center Council for the Arts is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and needs your help! Whether you have just a few or many hours to give, whether your talent is for leadership or operations, there is a role for you. A few of the volunteer opportunities available are board of directors, rose service build, artist advisory council and student advisory council. Call 423-581-4330 or click here for all the details. 

  

Chattanooga Organized for Action
Summer Community Organizing Internships
Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) is a small community organizing nonprofit organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. COA's mission is to initiate, support, and connect grassroots community organizations in order to advance the local social justice movement. This position will provide unique opportunities to experience the challenges of community organizing for social justice in marginalized communities of color in the Southeastern United States. An understanding and analysis of institutionalized racism is critical to success in this position. COA is interested in individuals from all educational backgrounds and specifically encourages individuals from marginalized backgrounds to apply. The summer position start dates are flexible and can range from part to fulltime. COA is a small nonprofit
and cannot offer paid internships at this time. We are especially interested in hiring students who have departmental funding or some other external internship support. To be considered for a position, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest to Perrin Lance (perrin.lance@chattaction.org). The deadline to apply for the summer program will be Wednesday, May 14th. Telephone interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter with decisions made by Friday, May 23rd. Start and end times are flexible with the projected start time set for the end of May to June 1st with an end in early August. Read more here.

  

Aurora Lights 
Aurora Lights has volunteer opportunities that can be done at a distance. For more details click here or call 304-986-5608. Here are a few activities:

 

Outreach and Advertisement for Aurora Lights' CDs (Moving Mountains and Still Moving Mountains) - They are in need of someone to help us advertise our CDs and educate others about the interactive lesson plan linked to our Still Moving Mountains CD and our Journey Up Coal River website.

  

Researcher for Journey Up Coal River - Our Journey Up Coal River website is a great tool for learning more information about the various effects of mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, some of the information on this site is outdated and newer research is available. We need someone to help them update the website with new research and information to keep the site current and informed.

 

Content Creator for Rain Barrel Workshop Brochures - Aurora Lights will be teaming up with Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, the WV Clean Water Hub, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to host rain barrel workshops for communities affected by the Elk River chemical spill. They would like to create an informational brochure with instructions on how to build an easy-to-use rain barrel and information on the benefits of creating a personal rain catchment system.

 

Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Video Production Intern  

Kentucky Environmental Foundation is looking for an ambitious and creative intern (within the continental United States) for our digital video production unit internship. You will be working closely with our team and surrounded by creative professionals. They have ambitious plans, so if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love digital video production please apply. They are looking for someone to assist us with our digital video production.  If you're interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter and the internship you are applying for in UNZIPPED files. Please include any examples of your work in an e-mail to heather@kyenvironmentalfoundation.org to the attention of Heather. They also need a social media/communications intern.

Narrow Ridge

Orchard Maintenance

Narrow Ridge welcomes volunteers to assist in orchard maintenance (including mulching and clearing the perimeter) and/or the early phase of labyrinth construction on Wednesday, May 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Volunteers are asked to wear suitable work clothes and to bring work gloves and a sack lunch. For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.  


American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia 

The ACLU of West Virginia welcomes volunteers interested in helping us protect civil liberties. Whether you're an attorney who is interested in working as cooperating counsel, a law student or college student seeking an internship, or a concerned citizen who wants to make a difference, we have exciting programs and issues for you.  Please send your resume and a cover letter to  mail@acluwv.org to inquire about opportunities.

  

Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)

SOCM has volunteer opportunities in their Knoxville Office. Contact Casey at casey@socm.org or 865-249-7488 for more information.
 

Administrative Support -Mailings, publications, membership items, scanning, archiving, researching, etc., to do. 

Graphic Design Support - Help the Communications Director with graphic design work. Help lay out quarterly SOCM sentinel, design postcards and flyers for events, and design other publications. The content will always be provided. You would need to have your own design software.

Help Archiving Resources (including digitizing VHS tapes) - After 42 years in existence, SOCM is a WEALTH of information. Help archive  resources so SOCM can make their history and work more accessible to the public. Digitize videotapes so they can be shared. If you have the equipment to digitize videos, SOCM needs you!


Join the statewide Issue Committees: E3 (Energy, Ecology, and Environmental Justice), Social Justice, and Green Collar Jobs. Work on a great, thorough campaign that can lead to lasting change in our state. Committee members attend monthly conference calls and occasional face-to-face meetings. Members work with the committee chair, the SOCM organizer, and other committee members to strategize and move the work forward. Be a part of something special by joining a SOCM Committee!  

  

Owsley County 

Owsley County Arts Council, Owsley County Action Team, Promise Neighborhood, and Owsley County School District have the following volunteer opportunities:

 

Theater Preservation Project, fundraising for a theater - Now through - TBD.

Contact Sue Christian at (606) 493-7565.

  

Scrapbooking with Promise Neighborhood, any scrapbooker - May 1, 8, 15.

Contact Sue Christian at (606) 493-7565.

  

Destination Imagination Programming: actors, actresses (Drama), engineers and fundraisers.

Contact Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.

Funding Opportunities
Appalachian Writer-in-Residence 
Berea College
Berea College seeks applicants for a three-year, grant-funded position as Appalachian Writer-in-Residence to begin in August 2014. The ideal candidate will be a well-published author of creative work who self-identifies as an Appalachian writer and has received significant critical acclaim. An MFA in writing or other terminal graduate degree is required, as well as significant previous teaching experience and published work. The Appalachian Writer-in-Residence will be housed in both the English Program and the Appalachian Studies Program, teach three or four courses per year, offer regular co-curricular workshops with students and the wider community, and strengthen the growing writing concentration in the English major. Courses will include Introduction to Creative Writing and advanced workshop and seminar courses in the writer's preferred genres. The Appalachian Writer-in-Residence may also teach courses such as African-American literature or Appalachian Literature as appropriate to the candidate's qualifications and interests, as well as undertake independent studies with select students. Candidates who reflect the Appalachian region's diversity are particularly encouraged to apply. Application materials should include a letter of application, c.v., transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage), teaching evaluations where applicable, and names and contact information for three references who may be contacted directly.  Applicants should submit these materials to AppWriter14@berea.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately, and additional materials may be requested at a later date. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
 
ARC Flex-E-Grants for Kentucky's Distressed Counties
The Flex-E-Grant (FEG) Program

The Flex-E-Grant (FEG) Program, designed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), provides small investments in short-term projects that build community capacity to mobilize local resources, gain leadership experience, and strengthen community institutions and networks. Grants are subject to approval for up to $8,000, require a 20 percent match of total project costs, and are to be completed within a six month timeline. The FEG program was generated from the ARC's initiative to enhance assistance to distressed counties, and each approved project must demonstrate beneficiaries in a distressed county. Flex-E-Grant funds are made available on a reimbursement basis only. The next cycle of funding will be awarded by July 1, 2014. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. For further details and application materials click here.

  

Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity 
Patagonia
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because they believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. They support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form here. To read full grant description and guidelines click here.
 
Young Native Writers

The 2014 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is underway! 

Submission Deadline April 22nd
The contest is designed to encourage young Native American writers to explore their heritage. It is open to Native American high school students from all Native communities. For 2014, students are being asked to write about one or more of the cultural images, symbols or art forms that have been historically developed by their community (American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian) to communicate a particular message or value or serve a specific purpose. Essays are to be 1,200 words or less and should cover the following: 

Describe the image(s), symbol(s) or art forms selected; Explain how it was originally developed or used by the community; Reflect on the student's own experience about it, including thoughts and feelings; and Suggest why or how it is still relevant today. This contest is co-sponsored by the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Contest winners will receive a $2,500 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a week of activities. For further details about the contest and other scholarships click here.

  

Social Movements and Food Systems

Post-College Fellowship 

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to gain first-hand experience in building a social movement.  Through this 14 month program, fellows engage in intensive projects on a regional or national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged fellowship community. Fellows come away with direct campaign and organizational experience, new professional and movement networks and a toolbox of relevant movement-building and organizational skills.  At the same time, they support important student-led efforts to shift millions of university dollars away from industrial agriculture and toward just, sustainable food enterprises. Click here for information. 

 
American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2014
Memorial Scholarships 
Call for Applications
The American Society of Mining and Reclamation will award three scholarships this year to deserving undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students (one scholarship at each level) from academic institutions having curricula leading to professions related to reclamation. In addition to a cash award ($1,000 for undergraduate; $1,500 for masters, and $2,000 for Ph.D.), a plaque, one-year student membership, complimentary national meeting registration, and a meeting awards luncheon ticket will be provided. Read more here. 
 
Arcus Foundation Requests Proposals for Forums to Promote Dialogue on LGBT Equality and Ape Conservation

Leading Global Foundation Advancing Pressing Social Justice and Conservation Issues

The Arcus Foundation announced the formal launch of Arcus Forum, a series of public conversations to encourage dialogue on a range of issues related to the Foundation's work on LGBT rights and ape conservation. The forums will feature speakers and content intended to serve as a vehicle for informing and nurturing advocates, and increasing visibility for leading actors and thinkers working to advance justice in society and in nature. 
While Arcus will determine some topics, speakers and content, the Foundation will also invite proposals from organizations and advocates to either be featured in the series or to collaborate or co-create a forum. The Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from advocates and organizations for events to take place in New York City during the first half of 2014. The first of next year's forums is expected to take place in March. Interested organizations and advocates may learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal online here
Kentucky
Whippoorwill Festival
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
July 10-13, 2014  
at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea, KY 
2014 Workshops and Music announced!
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources. Together we are building a community and working towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges. The Whippoorwill Festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music plus contra dancing on Saturday night. To support the local economy, the Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. The Whippoorwill Festival is low cost - $20 per person per day advance purchase, which includes all workshops, music and evening entertainment, breakfast and dinner - lunch is on your own - and tent camping. Children 16 and under are free. For more information click here.
 
 
Kentucky Food Policy Summit
April 21, 2014 
Network with farmers, policy makers, state agents, community leaders and neighbors. Learn about model policies, programs and alliances all across the Commonwealth. Work collaboratively to shape a plan for the future. For more details click here.
Tennessee
Tennessee Immigrant Refugee Rights Open House
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refuge Rights Coalition is hosting quarterly open houses in each region of Tennessee to keep everyone updated about their work and provide leaders the opportunity to raise issues that are impacting their communities. The Knoxville and Memphis open houses were very successful, and they would love to have you join them for their Nashville Open House on April 19. They will be discussing the 2014 legislative session and current events in the immigrant and refugee community. Click here for more information.
 
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD 

The National Rural Assembly Broadband

The Rural Broadband Policy Group wants to reach our friends in Kentucky to make them aware of Senate Bill 99 - a bill that could leave rural Kentuckians without basic telephone service. SB 99 could be voted by the House of Legislators any day now. Your immediate action is needed. For more detailed information about the impact of SB 99 on Rural Kentucky and how to help stop this harmful bill, please click hereSB 99 could leave rural, poor, and elder Kentuckians without basic phone service. The Rural Broadband Policy Group thinks SB 99 is a bad deal for Kentucky. 

Confronting Class: Harnessing Our Diverse Class Strengths for Social Justice
A Retreat for Activists and Organizers

Join Class Action and other social change activists as we take a journey through deep and engaging explorations of the varied solutions to common group problems used by activists of different classes. Drawing on the skill-sharing of participants and the cutting-edge research from Betsy Leondar-Wright's new book, Missing Class: Strengthening Social Change Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures, participants will gain valuable insights to take back to their group and coalitions. Do you or your organization have experience with or models of successful cross-class movement building? Join us in a skill-share. For more information click here.

 

New Opportunity School for Women  

Now Accepting Applications in East Tennessee

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in East Tennessee is now accepting applications for its first summer residential program, which will be held on the Maryville College campus July 13 through August 2. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region. There is no cost to the women who are selected for NOSW. Do you know women who would benefit from this program? Please urge them to apply. Offer to be a reference. Eligible women are between the ages of 30-55 and live in any county of East Tennessee. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, a strong desire to get out of poverty and other oppressive circumstances, and a willingness to work toward further education and improved employment. Participants begin the program with three weeks in residence at Maryville College, July 13-August 2, an intensive period of learning, lifeskills, job readiness, college readiness, and rebuilding self-esteem. There is no cost to the women who are accepted. Download the application here and for more information click here.
Virginia
Earth Day Movie showing of "Chasing Ice"
April 22nd 
Come to the Science Lecture Hall (SCI122) on UVA-Wise campus, at 6 p.m., to see a documentary showing multiyear glacier change in Alaska, Iceland and Greenland. This event is free and pizza will be served! Click here to view flyer.
West Virginia


Appalachian Women & the Fight for Environmental Justice
Shannon Bell 
On April 10th Marshall University Women's Studies presents The Charlotte Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women's Studies with Shannon Elizabeth Bell on Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. Bell is author of Our Roots Run Deep as Ironwoood. Presentation will be held in the Alumni Center Foundation Hall on the MU campus. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.  


 

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