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News From The Region

Central Appalachian Groups Publish Paper Demonstrating Economic Potential Of Reclaiming Abandoned Mines
Examines Options For Reclamation
The AML Policies Priorities Group, a multi-stakeholder group examining the abandoned mine lands fund is releasing a white paper that assesses the opportunity for Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program in the Central Appalachian region. The paper provides recommendations for specific policy changes that would provide distribution of special funds to states based on criteria such as number of remaining abandoned mine lands sites, unemployment rates, and opportunity for economic development, rather than rates of coal production as the current law mandates. The central aim of the research paper, which includes input from a broad range of stakeholders across the region, is to analyze the AML program and identify potential improvements. As project advisor Betsy Taylor stated, “For this to work it’s really important that people in the community are able to help design what happens. You’ve got to have local creativity involved.”  Taylor is a cultural anthropologist at Virginia Tech.
Some key findings of the paper include:
  • The AML program supported 1,317 jobs in Central Appalachian states, and delivered a value-added impact of $102 million in these states.
  • It will take at least $9.6 billion to remediate the remaining 6.2 million acres of lands and waters ravaged by abandoned mine problems.
  • Congress should initiate a five-year wholesale update of the federal inventory of AMLs so that complete, reliable data is available on the remaining size and geographical distribution of all coal AMLs—not just high priority AMLs—in the United States.
  • AML funding is not distributed according to need. Congress should enact legislation that replaces all AML sub-funds with a single distribution mechanism based on a state’s percentage of the updated federal AML inventory. This would distribute funding to states and tribes that have the largest AML problems and would simplify an unnecessarily complicated funding system.
This research paper comes on the tails of a major proposal to address the AML issue from the Obama Administration. In February, the POWER+ Plan was introduced as part of the FY 2016 budget. This plan would prioritize opportunity for economic diversification and development in coalfields communities.
“The POWER+ Plan is a step toward recognition for the potential for new and just economies to thrive in Central Appalachia, but it is far from the beginning of the conversation,” noted Kendall Bilbrey, AppFellow for the Alliance for Appalachia and co-coordinator of the AML Policy Priorities Group. “In recent years, organizations across the region have begun campaigns that look at economic diversification needed to re-establish thriving economies in the coalfields, and address the legacy costs that industry has left behind. Leveraging the AML fund to support our community needs has been a key priority for grassroots groups.”  
One recommendation of the white paper is for Congress to seriously reconsider how the AML program could operate more efficiently, and to enact policy changes necessary to use the funds for communities most in need. Besides engaging community members, policy experts, and organizers, the AML Policy Priorities Group has been engaging state and federal AML officials since the beginning of the project. The group developed a survey for AML state officials in 28 state and tribal programs, and the data is included in the report.
The AML Policy Priorities Group is a multi-stakeholder group group formed in the fall of 2014 to inform the research released in The Abandoned Mine Lands Program: A Policy Analysis for Central Appalachia and the Nation. This group is co-coordinated by Kendall Bilbrey and Eric Dixon, working for The Alliance for Appalachia and The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, respectively as a part of the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program through the Highlander Research and Education Center. The group consists of over 200 members mostly from the Central Appalachian region representing affected citizens, community organizers, activists, scholars, lawyers, civil society groups, and state officials. 
Read full paper here


Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky's Future Beyond Fossil Fuels
Hosted by Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Landowners and organizations across Kentucky announce a summit to educate Kentuckians about the issues of natural gas liquids(NGLs), fracking, landowner rights, and local options for communities seeking a sustainable future. Dr. Jim O'Reilly of the University of Cincinnati will give the keynote address.  An expert on law and public health, Dr. O'Reilly is author of the new comprehensive textbook The Law of Fracking with Thomson-Rueters-West Publishers. Other speakers and panelists will discuss fracking in Kentucky, repurposed NGL lines, state and federal energy plans, and choices for ensuring that land is protected and communities remain vibrant for future generations. Thanks to many sponsors and supporters, this will be a free event. You are encouraged to preregister, however, for lunch count. Chef Chris Hayden of Frankfort will be making a meat and a vegetarian entree. Attendees are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to contribute or to make a donation towards the meal at the event. 
Get more details and register here
Join Us for a Grant Training Opportunity!
Revitalizing Problem Properties 
Join the Center for Creative Land Recycling, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a brownfields and land recycling grant workshop, and schedule a one-on-one meeting with expert staff. The workshop program is designed to expand your knowledge of brownfields redevelopment and prepare your community to apply for a U.S EPA ARC (assessment, revolving loan, and cleanup) grant. Whether you are planning to submit a grant application this fall or are considering one for the future, this workshop will provide the foundation you need to build a brownfields program. Seasoned professionals will address topics such as:
  • Overview of:
        Brownfield basics
        Legal processes
        Assessment, cleanup and redevelopment funding strategies
  • U.S. EPA Grant Tips & Strategies
  • Case Studies
  • Project Specific Q & A and Brainstorming Session. Bring your projects, applications and questions. This is your chance to prep your community for a successful EPA Brownfield Grant application.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 12:15pm - 4:45pm
Location: City of Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Market House Room,17 Market Square #201, Knoxville, TN 37902
Cost: FREE

Parking is available at the Market Square Parking Garage ($1/hour)
For more details and to register, click the button below.
*Special Note: If you are interested in applying for an EPA brownfield grant and would like to have a one-on-one meeting with TDEC and CCLR staff to discuss your application or project, please email emma.leonard@cclr.org to schedule a meeting the morning of Wed. October 27th, prior to the workshop.
Register here
West Virginia
Blood on the Mountain
American Conservation Film Festival 
The 13th annual American Conservation Film Festival opens on Friday, October 23, 2015, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a block dedicated to some of the most pressing issues facing West Virginia’s residents, environment, and economy. Environmental and economic degradation and compromised water quality are not new threats in West Virginia, but the three films featured in this block cast new light and personal perspectives on them. Mari Lynn Evans returns to ACFF for the third time; this time with her new film, Blood on the Mountain, a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. Evans’ first two documentaries, Coal Country and The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier were enthusiastically received by large audiences at past ACFF Festivals and Blood on the Mountain has been filling large venues in and outside of West Virginia since its release last year. The film is co-directed by Jordan Freeman and features Shepherdstown attorney Davitt McAteer, a former federal mine safety chief and assistant secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. “Blood on the Mountain tells the honest history of West Virginia, the human struggle that has always ranged between repression and resistance — courageous coal miners fighting bloody battles for union representation and fair wages and work conditions, fighting battle between themselves and, ultimately, waging a war on the mountains and communities themselves as strip miners. It’s a legacy of a century long war of attrition by revolving coal companies to break down and divide the people, their communities, and their land,” says Evans.Thanks to its historical perspective, the film keeps hope alive in the coalfields, reminding viewers of the inspiring continuum of the Blair Mountain labor uprising in 1921, the victory of Miners for Democracy and Black Lung legislation, and today’s fearless campaigns against mountaintop-removal mining. Immediately following the film, screening at 6:30 pm October 23 at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University campus, will be a brief Q and A discussion with the filmmakers, as well as Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and Davitt McAteer.
Get more information here!
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.
Executive Support Manager 
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize. The company works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song. 

The Executive Support Manager will provide high level support to the Executive/Artistic Director. Responsibilities include project management/coordination, a public facing external relations role and administrative duties. Keen organization skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are vital. The position will also include basic clerical duties such as meeting planning, report production, database management, and travel arrangements. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a creative, ensemble environment with a focus on mission-driven, community impact.
Read job description here
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for a East Kentucky Community Organizer position. This position will staff our local chapters in Harlan and Letcher counties in eastern Kentucky.  Applicants should have a good understanding of and commitment to community organizing and leadership development. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references.  Please include “East Kentucky Organizer” in the subject line when you submit your materials electronically.  Materials should be emailed to organizerhiring@kftc.org or mailed to KFTC, PO. Box 1450, London, KY, 40743.
Read job description here
Volunteer Opportunities 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Digital Archive Cataloging
Looking for a volunteer to help organize the digital files associated with the Birdhouse's history archiving project. Volunteer could work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques. The birdhouse is a community space located in a historic neighborhood center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Historic Sermon Transcription
Seeking a volunteer for transcribing hand-written sermons from Reverend Hargrave, a Black East Tennessee preacher who lived and worked in the area in the 1930's and 40's. Volunteer can work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques.

If interested contact William Isom at MelangeAppalachia@gmail.com
Funding Opportunities 
The Let Us Breathe Fund
Special Initiative
From Ferguson to New York City, activists have taken to the streets to say no more discriminatory policing and to spur a national dialogue around racism. Launched by the North Star Fund, The Let Us Breathe Fund is an opportunity to turn this crucial moment into a lasting movement that supports activism for fair and just policing and resilient and economically sustainable communities. It will be both a rapid response to support immediate work on the ground, and a longer term investment in Black communities in New York City. Let Us Breathe puts decision-making in the hands of experienced community activists, who understand priorities and have relationships in local communities. Join us in sustaining a democracy rooted in racial justice.
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Third Wave Fund Launches Mobilize Power Fund for Urgent Gender Justice Activism
Mobilize Power Fund
Third Wave Fund’s new Mobilize Power Fund is now accepting proposals! This fund supports urgent organizing, activism, and mobilization led by young women of color, queer, and transgender youth around the country who lead movements for justice and take on this country’s most challenging issues. The effort to end gender, racial, and economic oppression is long-term, yet there are critical moments that call for quick action. This fund was set up to support grassroots groups who are often the first to respond to issues of state-violence, reproductive oppression, and attacks on women of color, queer, and trans communities–and the last to receive foundation funding. The Mobilize Power Fund provides flexible and responsive funding that supports youth leaders as they respond to immediate threats and opportunities. Grants will be made up to $3,000 to groups with or without a 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsor with larger grants made on a case-by-case basis. Coalitions may apply for larger grants (up to $3,000 per group). Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Opportunity For Free Supplies and Merchandise
Schools, Charities, Churches and Other Qualified Organizations 
The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) provides FREE supplies and merchandise to schools, charities, churches and other qualified organizations. Only nonprofits which provide services to the ill, needy, elderly, or youth qualify for the program. Although many ACF grantees will not qualify, many of our grantees and other e-newsletter readers will qualify for free merchandise to be used for care of people in need or to support the administration and maintenance of groups who care for people in need. It cannot be bartered, traded or sold. You may also use merchandise as rewards, gifts or incentives for your staff or volunteers. Over $100 million worth of FREE goods will be available upon request this year, including but not limited to office supplies, janitorial products, toys, arts and crafts, books, tapes, CD's, tools, software, sporting goods, classroom materials, holiday and party goods, clothing and much more.Items must be used for charitable purposes, but there are no limits on quantity or value. You may request anything you want and as much as you want. All you pay is a $59 annual service charge, handling charges, plus shipping if that applies. The merchandise itself is FREE. 
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The HCA Foundation
Grant Application Procedure
The mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. Focus areas for grantmaking include: 

Health and well-being: HCA's highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA grants.

Childhood and Youth Development: HCA's second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. They award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership. 

Arts: Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community. New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation atCorp.FoundationsGifts@HCAHealthcare.com to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately two weeks) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization. 
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Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity
Patagonia funds only environmental work. Patagonia is 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 Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. Patagonia supports 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 Patagonia's 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.
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