eAppalActions
June 2014 
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

 

OMG!!!  I cannot believe it is the middle of June already!

 

Time sure does fly the last month of the fiscal year! We are so close to our goal. We've raised 91% of our budgeted unrestricted income. We need to raise an additional $8,000 to reach our goal.

 

Will you consider supporting ACF with a donation within the next 17 days? If so, follow this link and donate by June 30, 2014.  Thank you for considering investing in the future of Central Appalachia and for supporting the work of ACF.

 

 

Also, if you haven't done so already, please RSVP for one of our two assessment gatherings.

 

 

West Virginia/Virginia Gathering

June 19, 2014
12-4:00 p.m.

1114 Quarrier St, Charleston, 3rd Floor Charleston, West Virginia

RSVP

June 12th for WV

Tennessee/Kentucky Gathering

June 28, 2014
10:30-3 p.m.

Birdhouse, 800 N. 4th Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee


RSVP

June 21st for TN

 

The Gatherings will be small so RSVP early to ensure participation!

patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org or 865-523-5783

 

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!

  

 

Peace, love and light,

Margo

Executive Director

 

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The Intersection of Arts and Activism
Rest in Peace Dr. Maya Angelou
 
Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist
 
Rest in Peace Ruby Dee
Click above to listen to Ruby Dee: March on Washington
Actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist
 
From the Idea to the Stage: Playwriting and Directing Workshop with Steven Kent and Linda Parris-Bailey 

August 2-4, 2014

Join award-winning playwrights and directors-as well as experienced activists and workshop leaders-Steven Kent and Linda Parris-Bailey for three days of workshops to hone and strengthen your theatrical skills. . From first developing an idea for a play or performance piece, to developing the script, to bringing that script to life on the stage, to using theater for social change, Steve and Linda will share nuts-and-bolts elements of craft and their years of experience to help you realize your dramatic vision. Participants of all levels of experience are welcome! The workshop will begin with dinner at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 2 and conclude after lunch at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 4. Click here to apply for the Playwriting and Directing Workshop. For any questions, contact Matt Griffin at (865) 228-7900 or Matt at highlandercenter.org

 

Linda Parris-Bailey is the director of the Carpetbag Theatre, which is a professional theater company dedicated to giving voice to those who have been historically silenced by oppression

 

Appalachian Queer Film Festival Lineup

Lewisburg, West Virginia
Appalachian Queer Film Festival (AQFF) is thrilled to announce the first official selection in their 2014 lineup. Join them in October as they screen To Be Takei, a documentary feature by director Jennifer Kroot (It Came From Kuchar) showcasing the many roles played by George Takei (most notably known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek franchise). The film follows Takei's story through his time in a WWII internment camp, to Star Trek, to his present roles as LGBTQ icon and the name behind some of the most viral content on Facebook. In addition to screening at AQFF, To Be Takei was also an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Follow this link to learn more about this layered documentary and be sure to stay tuned every Monday for more #MondayMovie posts where AQFF will continue revealing their 2014 lineup. 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. 
News From the Region
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
The Whippoorwill Festival
July 10-13, 2014  
At HomeGrown HideAways near Berea, Kentucky 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.
 

 

Photo: Registration is now open for the STAY Summer Institute July 31st - August 3rd in Wise, Virginia! Help us spread the word and register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aq20Yu5UUWwfFU5vHy6ax_ZIxW3KWY8PDjzfSBDdbM4/viewform

 

Money For Our Movements  
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
The Highlander Research and Education Center

Education Team Administrative Support

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 81-year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the U.S. South to promote social and economic justice. We are located 25 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. Highlander's long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, changing demographics of our region. Widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations, Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing.

Overview of position: This staff position will provide administrative support to Highlander's Education Team, which works together to plan, carry out and evaluate the movement and capacity building educational work of the Highlander Center, and in particular to our Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship www.appfellows.org is a program designed for emerging community leaders committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. These fellows will be placed in host communities that are working in partnerships across the sectors of education, non-profit, business, philanthropy and government. To read more click here.

 
The Highlander Research and Education Center
Workshop Center Job Openings
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis. This person will be a member of Highlander's Workshop Center Team. This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander's Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander. To read more 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 their 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.
Volunteer Opportunities

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Clerical support - answering phones, filing, general administration.  We do not have a receptionist so we would love to have a group of volunteers who are interested in doing scheduled stints during the week.

  

Summer: ASD has a garden located at a food pantry in Abingdon, VA.  Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons we have opportunities for folks to help out in the garden with harvesting, watering, weeding, and doing general garden maintenance.  Alternative times can also be scheduled should folks be interested in this type of work.

  

Late Summer: Each year we update our Local Food Guide with current data for farmers, restaurants, retailers, etc.  We could use volunteers to help us reach out to those who are currently in the food guide to ensure the data we have is accurate.  This would consist of communicating via email or phone to obtain the data and then entering it into our database.


DAWG

My Life Project 

DAWG is a statewide organization which 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 within 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 is always in need of volunteers to help us with ESL, GED, basic literacy, elementary and middle dchool classes. Let's keep HELPING FAMILIES REACH THEIR DREAMS. Please click here or call (865) 522-0052 for more information. 

 

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.

   

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.
 
 
 

The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County

The League of Women Voters of 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. 

  

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 with advertise their CDs and educate others about the interactive lesson plan linked to their Still Moving Mountains CD and their Journey Up Coal River website.

  

Researcher for Journey Up Coal River - TheJourney 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. They 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 with 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.  


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, they 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.

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 has 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 Arts Council

Homesong Play: musicians, actors, directors, videographers, costume design and stage design-Now until July 4th, 2014. Contact Molly Turner at (606) 593-7296 or Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.

 

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.

  

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

Contact Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.

Funding Opportunities
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.
 
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. 

Kentucky
Mountain Justice Summer Camp
June 14 - 20
2014 will be the 10th Annual Mountain Justice Summer Camp on beautiful Pine Mountain in Kentucky at the wonderful and wacky place called Wileys Last Resort. Pine Mountain (elev. 2900 ft) is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse mountains in Appalachia, and it has numerous hiking trails, mountain views, wateralls, rare and endangered plant species, black bears and gorgeous forests. The mountain laurel will be in bloom during the camp and there is an abundance of wildflowers on the mountain. The Mountain Justice Summer camp will feature nine days of workshops, trainings, learning about coal mining and mountaintop removal and Appalachian history and culture. Our summer camp site overlooks a huge mountaintop removal mine on nearby Black Mountain. Evenings will feature music, films, bonfires and dancing with mountain and traditional Appalachian music. For more information visit www.mountainjustice.org.
Tennessee
Children's Justice Camp 2014
Highlander 
A Highlander tradition since 1985, Children's Justice Camp returns this year with another chance for children ages 7-12 to develop a passion for social justice. The Children's Camp is ideal for families with an interest in social democracy, justice, and environmental sustainability who would like to spark their children's interest in these issues. The camp will give them the chance to meet other children and youth from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds for a week of sharing, fun, learning and growing. In recent years, Children's Camp activities have included weaving and waterslides-and writing skits about the inequalities of the U.S. health care system! Children's Camp will take place from Sunday, July 20th to Saturday, July 26th. Children at the camp will develop their leadership skills and analysis, express themselves through art and culture, and learn to see their own power, regardless of age, to create the world they will inherit. Access the Children's Camp 2014 application here. For more information, contact Thomas Coward, at 865-933-3443 x221 or tcoward@highlandercenter.org.
 

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
(RE)VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, & THE CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Call For Papers 

The 4th Annual Public Sociology Conference will be held on October 18, 2014 at George Mason University, Virginia. The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics. This year's conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. They invite papers and session proposals-from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike-that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape the future. Submission Deadline July 13th. To view the flyer click here. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Racism, Sexism, & Classism
  • Political Ecology (or Economy) & Climate Change
  • Human Landscapes & Consumption
  • Cities & the Sharing Economy
  • Weather Events and Disaster Recovery
  • Immigration, Security, & Risk
  • Sustainable Development & Environmental Activism
  • Indigenous Social Movements & Nature Rights
  • Public Sociology, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • And more...
West Virginia
Marcellus Academy 2014
West Virginia Sierra Club at West Viriginia Wesleyan College
June 21-22: A Weekend of Presentations and Workshops on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling.
Marcellus Academy 2014 will train a new cadre of emerging activists who can proactively work on Marcellus gas drilling issues in their communities. With ever increasing industrial-scale drilling sites causing major problems with our water, our land, our air and our health, this workshop will focus on giving you the tools to effectively organize others, build grassroots networks of 'reporters' who can monitor industry practices, and help guide local leaders toward environmentally sound Marcellus policies. Emphasis will be on education, outreach, activism and recruiting other concerned citizens. Attendees will be limited to those who can clearly commit to organizing people in their area by holding meetings, giving presentations, organizing house parties and speaking out to build public awareness. The goal is to empower more everyday citizens to take the initiative in protecting their communities and to serve as leaders for building public support. All of your expenses for the workshop (lodging, meals, and mileage) will be covered by West Viriginia Sierra Club. Only a limited number of registrations will be accepted. People living in counties heavily affected by gas drilling are especially encouraged to attend. We do hope to see more than one person from a community attending, so they can work as a team. Applicants are not required to be affiliated with any particular environmental organization, but you must be a West Virginia resident. Space is limited, so please apply as soon as possible listing your name, address, county, phone number and email. Contact: David Sturm at davidsturm@ymail.com. If you cannot attend but know of someone in your community who fits our guidelines and could benefit from attending, please pass this on to them. Again, they should be people who can make a clear commitment to do what it takes to build local grassroots action on their home turf. Read more here.
 
 
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