Rest In Power Carol Judy

Educator, activist, root digger, mentor, forest granny 

Director's Log: Star Date 94820.98

With the constant incidents/adventures of this new administration, I find myself reading every newsfeed that pops up on my phone and tablet, or sitting in the truck a little too long listening to confirmation and FBI hearings. It’s getting to be too much!

Good grief! These interruptions have even cut into my Star Trek binge watching! I find myself wanting to punch things and fight, wanting to kick a$$ and take names like my adopted cousin Worf would, because “cowards take hostages. Klingons do not”.

Let me calm myself and lean into the lessons learned from years of Star Trek watching and me recently and completely embracing being a fully out-of-the-closet Trekkie. I have been given much insight in my day-to-day dealings with such things. Being reminded of what Captain Jean-Luc Picard said to his command staff about a confrontation with the Romulans on the episode The Neutral Zone, “I’d rather outthink them than outfight them.” Picard was a wise leader. I think I will take his advice and encourage all of us fighting for justice and freedom to do the same. I know my mom will be happy not to get the call from the jailhouse telling her I went Klingon on someone.

Now on to the internal operations of this vessel in which I have chosen to travel on my long journey toward justice that we call ACF

I remember a couple of years ago, the staff, and board started thinking about what we could do to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We wanted a year of mini-parties all over the region, culminating with a big festival-type event here in Knoxville with music, plays, food, and workshops for all of our grantees. We dream big and with big dreams there come big budgets.

But instead of spending the money on a big party, we’ve decided to spend our birthday money to make grants rather than continue with our planned break from grantmaking.

We are happy to announce our $30K for 30 years of Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia campaign. You can read more about it the article below.

You can also read about the launch of our Out in the South Central Appalachia program. We will be convening our LGBTQ community to identify needs and put together a fundraising plan to build our current LGBTQ programs. Your invitation to our first event at Highlander Research and Education Center and more information on the project is also highlighted below.

My parting words -- we are excited in these crazy times to offer a few worthwhile distractions. Embrace your inner Klingon strength, but temper it with the wisdom of wise captains.​​​​​​

Live long and prosper my dear social justice collective,
Margo Miller
Executive Director​

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ACF Accepting Board Nominations 
Are You a Mover and Shaker? Want to Support Grassroots Organizing in Central Appalachia?
ACF Wants You!  ACF is recruiting new board members for our current fiscal year. We are looking for people who are committed to social justice in the region and who would be willing and able to make at least a two-year commitment and ideally a three-year commitment. Download an application in Board Nomination Form.
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is happy to announce we are launching a special grantmaking campaign in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. 

$30K for 30 Years of Change, not CharityTM in Central Appalachia!

These will all be relatively small grants of $500 - $1,000 with a focus on technical assistance and capacity building.
Applications are due April 25th.
Decisions will be made early-mid June.
Read our guidelines and instructions here.
Download an application in doc format or pdf format.

You can also go to our website for more information.
Regional News
You're Invited 
Out in the South Initiative: Central Appalachia Gathering Series  
Join The STAY Project and Appalachian Community Fund for a series of gatherings bringing together the LGBTQIA+ Community in Central Appalachia. Together, we will create an inter-generational space to celebrate, connect, learn, and share our stories. 

The gatherings are designed to develop broader networks that will support and sustain LGBTQIA+ organizations and individuals in our region. To achieve this goal, gatherings will be held in East Tennessee, East Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. In late June, a regional gathering will bring participants together to hear our findings and plan next steps. 

All gatherings are free and open to the public, including a catered meal (be sure to indicate dietary restrictions and other access needs when you register). Each gathering will last from 5:30pm-9pm

For those who cannot attend in person, we will also hold video conference calls following each state gathering. 

For specific questions, please feel free to contact our Project Director, Kendall Bilbrey, at 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Virginia - Tuesday, April 25th
Wytheville Community College
Wytheville, VA

Kentucky - Friday, May 12th
Hindman Settlement School
Hindman, KY

West Virginia - Tuesday, May 23rd
WV Free Auxillary Room
Charleston, WV

Regional Gathering - Saturday, June 24th
​​​​​​​Site TBD

Gathering details
Liberation School Applications Opening Soon
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a 9 month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a 9-month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants have described these experiences
and we know them to be widespread:
  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
Sign up to be the first to know when registration opens
#FF17 Schedule Now Available 
Register Today 
Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff has worked closely with the amazing Funding Forward 2017 planning committee to put together a stellar program that will help grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues connect with each other, learn from one another, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. 
Join Funding Forward in Seattle, March 29-31, for exciting and timely content that includes:
  • 5 plenaries addressing topics including LGBTQ rights in the Trump era, religious exemptions, and LGBTQ advocacy and funding opportunities in the Northwest
  • 13 concurrent sessions with workshops exploring immigration, digital security and safety, transgender movement building, youth incarceration, and much more
  • Breakfast meetings with the Global Philanthropy Project and Out in the South Network
The full program, including many other exciting workshops and discussion sessions, is now available here. 

Register here
Community Arts Workshop and Free Lunch
April 08, 2017, 10am-12pm
Join us for a workshop and lunch, and learn about an exciting new community arts project. Zoe Strecker from Transylvania University will share her project that involves Collective Embroidery Sculpture. This collective art project called invites volunteers from anywhere in the world and of all skill levels to learn and use traditional embroidery techniques to embellish images of spectacular old growth forests in Kentucky that have been digitally printed onto silk organza panels. 
Register here
Community Harm Reduction Efforts Toward Clean Needle Exchanges
Schools are epicenters of the movement toward healthier bodies and minds, as students grow to value their own health and lead their families and communities to a better quality of life. This was the theme of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) sponsored Health & Education Conference in Pikeville, Crossroads, last fall. Around the same time, KVEC enthusiastically signed on, along with 15 partners around Harlan, Letcher, and Perry Counties, for a Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention grant. This funding is supporting a Community Harm Reduction campaign to raise and sustain public awareness of increased Hepatitis (HEP) C and HIV rates in Eastern Kentucky.

Local business owner, Roy, advocates for a mobile exchange because of his mobile business success.

These community partners are responding to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently identifying that of 220 counties especially vulnerable to the rapid spread of both Hep C and HIV among people who inject drugs, 54 are in Kentucky, mostly in the Cooperative’s service region of close to 50,000 students (See map below). Concerned citizens gathered in Benham this year, Whitesburg last summer and this month, and in Hazard last fall.  Public health professionals, media, business owners, students, elected officials, and even police have turned out to discuss the need and process for Needle Exchange Programs to serve this three county target region.
Map indicates the need and spread of needle exchanges since passing of KY Senate Bill 192

Danielle King, of Letcher County, helped to coordinate many of these events and works in the mental health field with an array of clients who have co-occurring substance use disorders.  She is also a board member of the Letcher County United for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition as well as the Harm Reduction Awareness Coordinator for practicing needle safety in Letcher County, Kentucky. For the past two years, she has worked diligently with the Harm Reduction Awareness Committee to address the increase of HIV and Hepatitis C prevalence in eastern Kentucky, which she calls the tipping point for the entire state.
Read full article here
A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
5th Annual Nashville Chili Festival
Community Shares 
Taste at least 30 chili recipes, including some vegetarian and vegan options, then vote on your favorite.
But how do you decide? Is it creativity you crave or are you a chili traditionalist? Maybe the table decorations are what sway your opinion. . . You won't know until you get there! There will be official Judges on hand to judge the chilis and we will present the winner with a trophy and cash! Local judges: Dan D. Bradley, Nashville Sports Radio and On the Forecheck; Nicki Pendleton Wood, cookbook author, local food critic and blogger; and Stephanie White, Vanderbilt Women's Basketball Head Coach! Live music by JC Anderson Band and Aly Sutton. Excellent beer supplied by Yazoo Brewery. Bonus, The Basement East shares a wall with The Basement Pub and boasts a stellar brunch!
Event details
2017 Child Care & Development Conference
Calling all Presenters & Exhibitors!
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc’s. 21st Annual Child Care & Development Conference located in the core of downtown Knoxville, TN. As food program specialists, they currently servicing over 12,500 children across the state of Tennessee. They strive to promote a taste for nutrition and healthful choices that will improve the lives of children and enhancing the future of the community. They expect to attract over 300 visitors gathering for one common goal: enriching the lives of the children in our community.
Workshop proposal form
Apply To Share Art/Organizing Work at ROOTS Weekend 
ROOTS Weekend-Richmond - April 20-23, 2017 - is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUS, ART 180, and RIHD, they take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex - the largest system of incarceration in the world. 

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past. They are seeking programming around three programming arcs: Immigrant Detention, Adult Incarceration, and Juvenile Justice.

In putting this event together they want to hear from you! What are you working on that you would like to share? Who you would like to hear from? What would you like to see, to talk about? They invite proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more. They also invite your programming ideas - whether you know of a local artist or activist we should reach out to or a method of community building that we might integrate into the weekend. 

If you have ideas or work to share, please fill out the Proposal Form by Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5pm EST. For questions, contact Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Manager at 404-577-1079 or

Thank you for your interest in this work - we look forward to hearing from you!
Learn more about ROOTS Weekend
West Virginia

Exciting News from AQFF!
In addition to their regular full Festival programming in Lewisburg in the fall AQFF are hitting the road to communities around West  Virginia to share queer films they love while facilitating  much-needed community  conversations about everything from outsider culture and the  alt-right to  immigration policy as it affects queer people in rural areas in the  United  States. Join them for a screening of Discreet by  Travis Mathews and Bayard & Me by Matt Wolf with a panel discussion to follow on April 29th in Morgantown, West Virginia. You don't want to miss this one, folks! Two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people. Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things in their communities. Trade ideas, join forces, get inspired, learn, plan next steps and help build a statewide movement! A feast of do-able ideas!  Minigrants to make your idea happen!
Get your tickets here before they run out
Are You Working for a Healthier West Virginia?  This Conference is for You!
Try This Conference
Two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people. Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things in their communities. Trade ideas, join forces, get inspired, learn, plan next steps and help build a statewide movement! A feast of do-able ideas!  Minigrants to make your idea happen!

  • Forty workshops: From farmers markets and school gardens to bicycling and running programs to school-based health centers and parks, we’ve got great workshop leaders who really know their stuff! (2017 list coming in March.)

  • Affordable cost: West Virginia Wesleyan is giving us a very reasonable price, and workshop leaders are donating time, so we can keep conference costs down. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

  • Minigrant program: If you come to the conference, you can get grants to help make your healthier-community idea happen!  If three or more people from your community attend and plan as a team, you can apply. More details here.

  • Team building: Come with others from your community iso you can brainstorm and plan in a stimulating, idea-filled atmosphere.

  • Youth activities: Young people from 14 - 18 are encouraged to attend and participate in our youth track. Younger children must be accompanied at all times by parents.
Try This conference details
Where is Our Future? Free Webinar Series New Economic Opportunities in Southern West Virginia
A Series of Free Webinars on Economic Development Topics
As part of our work here in West Virginia, there will be a series of free webinars over the next three months on specific topics, such as marketing for rural communities, how to deal with dilapidated buildings, and opportunities for heritage tourism.

Over the coming weeks we’ll also bring in subject matter experts to visit each of the five Innovation Acceleration Strategy (IAS) communities, and we’ll be holding more detailed discussions of what best economic development practices have worked in other communities.

Webinar Series
Preserving our Stories – Opportunities for Heritage Tourism
Mar. 15
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Maximizing the use of Federal and State Tools for Economic Development
Mar. 23
10 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information on any of the webinars, feel free to contact Lynn A. Knight at
Sign up for webinars here
Volunteers Needed for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair 
Save the Date
Save the date now for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair, Saturday, May 20 in Huntington’s Central City. 

PARTICIPANTS WANTED: Area crafts persons, artisans, farmers/growers, organizations, businesses, and more are invited to participate in our event. We charge a nominal fee of $20 to set-up a booth. These funds will help us fund this and next year’s event. 
VOLUNTEERS: The community is encouraged to take part. Helping hands are greatly needed leading up to and on the day of the fair. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, a sponsor, or hosting a participant booth, workshop, or demonstration, please click here.

Mark your calendar now and do plan to come out with family and friends for this fun, free and informative event. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at The Wild Ramp and the Charles Holley Gazebo, on 14th St. W, in Huntington’s antique district. Join the event on Facebook here. Invite your friends!  

There will be live local music, local artisans, exhibits on sustainable issues, hands-on demonstrations, family friendly activities and more. The Huntington Sustainability Fair project is a cooperative effort by Marshall University Sustainability Department, the Wild Ramp, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, the City of Huntington, OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), the Old Central City Association, and many more.
To make a tax deductible donation to support Huntington’s annual Sustainability Fair, please mail your check or money order to:

Marshall University Sustainability Department
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755 
More details here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Six Month Seeds of Fire Intern 
The Highlander Seeds of Fire program works year-round with young people from organizations in the South and Appalachia to build leadership and organizing skills. Interns will take part in several areas of work connected to this program. On-going work during this period includes: Seeds of Fire mini-camps in local communities, Economics & Governance training of trainers, Children’s Justice Camp, among many other activities.  This summer they are planning a July tour of historical and current organizing sites in the South, with workshops along the way. Interns will play a consistent role in that planning and implementation. Additional events during this time include Highlander’s capacity building workshops and our annual Homecoming.  The intern will be part of the Seeds of Fire team.
Seeds of Fire description
Bookkeeper Position 
Narrow Ridge
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in northern Grainger County that is dedicated to promoting sustainable living and Earth literacy. For the past 2 ½ decades Narrow Ridge has been engaged in important efforts to conserve Appalachian countryside and to promote environmental awareness and action. Narrow Ridge is seeking the services of a person with experience in nonprofit bookkeeping to work an average of 10 hours per week. They are seeking the services of an individual whose motivation derives from a shared concern for our planet. 
Full job description
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer Apprentice
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots organization with 11,000 members across the state. They believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

This Spring, KFTC is launching a Community Organizer Apprentice Program.  Organizer Apprentices will work full-time with KFTC, as a member of our Organizing & Leadership Development Team.  Each Organizer Apprentice will be paired with an an Organizer Partner, a member of our organizing staff.  Organizer Partners will provide coaching and direction to the Apprentice, while they work together on a shared body of work.

In conjunction with the Apprentice Program, KFTC will launch an Organizing Academy starting in June 2017. The Organizer Academy will be a multi-track leadership and organizing training program and the foundation of KFTC's expanding leadership development strategy.  A core component of the Organizing Academy will be an advanced six-month training program for the six Organizing Apprentices, that develops leadership and organizing skills needed to effect vision-based change.
Position description
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
More information about the program and past Fellows
Groups Focused on Community Health & Environment 
Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)
CHEJ has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues.  We would greatly appreciate your help in sending this announcement to grassroots groups in your network. If you are a grassroots group or working directly with a grassroots’ group, please consider submitting an application.
Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply.  This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education.  A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity.  The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.
This year CHEJ are excited to announce that their small grants program has grown and can now support the work of small and larger grassroots community-based organizations, which are working on environment, health and justice issues. Proposals are due April 3rd, 2017.
More details here
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning.  While Resist are prioritizing Black-led groups, they also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership. Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. They offer this support so that groups can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. Emergency grant applicants will hear back within 72 hours. Please see eligibility requirements.
Apply here
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