Rest in Power
Edward "Ed" Joseph Cabbell
scholar, poet, activist, community organizer, singer and folklorist
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2018 ACF Grantees
We are happy to announce our 
Call for Nominations
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Knoxville Pride Thursday
Come join us at Sassy Ann’s for our annual Knoxville Pride Weekend Kick-off Party! This year we are having a Rainbow Ball, so come dressed in your most fabulous outfit that incorporates different colors of the rainbow. 

There will be a one time $5 cover for this event, with proceeds from the door going to benefit local Knoxville organization Voices For Trans Youth Campaign.

More info about this event can be found by clicking on the link below.
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Sister Song
We are thrilled to re-launch our Collective Voices series with a webinar on the North Carolina campaign to end shackling. Join us on Monday, July 2nd for "End Shackling: Dismantling Structural Injustice" from 1:00-2:30pm ET.
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STAY Project STAY Summer Institute

Stay Project is excited to announce that registration for their  2018 STAY Summer Institute: Celebrating 10 Years of STAY is open! We are inviting our members and alumni to come together July 12th-15th at the Highlander Center in New Market, TN to reflect on and rejoice in 10 years of youth organizing in Appalachia! 

So if you are a young person between the ages of 14-30 living in Appalachia or if were a member of STAY and have aged out, be sure to register for what promises to be a weekend full of celebration and collective learning and growth!

Register here:

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The Appalachian Funder's Network's Strengthening Community Capacity Working Group needs your help to collect info on nonprofit leadership programs in Appalachia. If your org runs one, please complete the survey! 

Call for Writers and Photographers 
Deadline June 30, 2018

Holler is looking for writers and photographers for its new publication, NEKKID. NEKKID is a quarterly zine by and about Appalachians: an honest, uncensored look into our culture and the way we view ourselves and our neck of the woods, past, present, and future. 

NEKKID will showcase writing and photography in many forms, including: short fiction, poetry, experimental, essay, photojournalism, documentary, and more. Work can be in any format: polished or raw, quiet or loud, confrontational, funny or serious as long as it is an authentic voice of the region. We would love to see new or underrepresented voices of Appalachia.

Writers and photographers should be Appalachian natives or residing in Appalachia. Writers and photographers not residing in Appalachia should exhibit work that explores Appalachian culture or challenges. 
How to Submit
Save the Date! Grassroots Gathering

September 28-30, 2018
Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield, VA
Chillin' & Grillin' in the Glades Wise, VA 
Chillin’ and Grillin’ In The Glades was first started in 2013 as an amateur BBQ contest.  With the help of the Town of Wise, The Wise Business Association, Wise County Tourism Office, and RTE 23 Music Festival this event has since evolved into a three day BBQ & Music Festival featuring a professional Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest to crown the Virginia State BBQ Champion.

Chillin’ and Grillin’ In The Glades has something for everyone to enjoy.  There are activities that are a focused on children in the Kid’s Corner like face painting, carnival games, and fire truck rides.  There will be a Cornhole Tournament for people to compete in for prizes.  There is also the coveted crown of Miss BarbeCutie.  This one of a kind beauty pageant is judged solely on attitude and spunk for ages 1 to 12 years old!  There will be a food court stocked with regular festival fair and of course barbecue!  And for those who care to enjoy an adult beverage there will be a beer garden where you can purchase drafts from Walling Distributing.  You must be over 21 years of age with a photo ID to enter the beer garden.

People who enjoy outdoor concerts will really love the Big Glades venue in downtown Wise, Virginia.  RTE 23 Music Festival and the Town of Wise have teamed up to provide three days’ worth of entertainment ranging from Southern Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Country, and everything in between.  And if Barbecue is your passion, this is the event for you!  Up to 30 Professional teams from all over the United States will be showcasing their particular brand of BBQ and their culinary skills in downtown Wise, Virginia as they compete for $7500 in prize money and the prestigious title of Virginia State Champion!. 
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The 22nd Annual Appalachian Festival is three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun!

We can't wait to see you in  Raleigh County, Friday, August 24, Saturday, August 25, & Sunday, August 26, this festival promises to deliver.

Check out stunning art and crafts lovingly made by more than 100 artisans at the Arts & Crafts Fair.  Don't miss the Quilt Show and the Quilter's Country Store!  Live Entertainment & Good Food.

Taste of Beckley is a block party showcasing the flavor & Music of Appalachia in Beckley's Historic District!  Taste local cuisine sold by local restaurants and organizations.  Enjoy performances by New River Jazz Band and Randy Gilkey and the Long Point String Band.

Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band and Shane Ingram & Friends will perform bluegrass and folk music at  Friday in the Park.  Lunch food vendors and farmers market vendors will also be there.

There’s more … craft demonstrations, strolling musicians, and bluegrass bands … all the best of West Virginia’s native talent  

Don’t miss the Appalachian Festival!  It’s sure to delight your senses and put a smile on your face

See you soon!

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Lucy Braun Naturalist Week
Learn, hike, and experience Kentucky's most beautiful and bio-diverse wildlands during Pine Mountain's renowned Lucy Braun 5-day forest study workshop June 6-10, 2018. The workshop is named in honor of one of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century, E. Lucy Braun. Dr. Lucy, as she was called by her colleagues, devoted her life to the study of plants and to conservation campaigns to save wilderness areas and other natural sites.

The workshop will include presentations by researchers and experts on Lucy Braun and the wildlands Dr. Braun studied.  Pine Mountain educator and naturalist, Bucky Field, will be presenting an in-depth examination of Dr. Braun's life and work, “In The Footsteps of Lucy Braun."  Alice L. Jones, PHD, Professor Geosciences at Eastern Kentucky University, will present her award-winning play, Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy and Annette Braun.  Dr. Rob Paratley, curator of the University of Kentucky Herbarium, will also be presenting during the week.  
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Community Shares 


This is the time that they start looking for folks to be on the CS Board of Directors.

If you know anyone that you think would be a good board member, please read on. (Your member group can even get participation points if you can recruit someone.)

Here is the link for the application:

Anyone interested in becoming a Community Shares Board Member, please click on the link below to see more details about the job description for this amazing opportunity.

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Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Do you have ideas about how we can make this year's Brewer' Jam even better? Do you
have a fondness for being on committees and drinking good beer? If so, we need you for
the Knoxville Brewers' Jam Committee!

Starting in June, the committee will meet twice a month (days and times TBD) to help with planning, marketing and event coordination leading up to the event on October 6, 2018. If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 Knoxville Brewers' Jam, please contact Leah Arneson by clicking the link below
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WOZO Festival 2018

SOCM, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-racial community organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee, is seeking applications for a community organizer position. SOCM is democratically run by its members and invests in member leadership development as well as winning issues that affect their lives. 

SOCM Organizers work with members in chapters on local issues and in issue committees on statewide campaigns to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to anti-racism work and to organizing that builds greater racial diversity. Position requires the ability to travel to chapter meetings, fundraising, and extensive writing duties.

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Opportunities In Central Appalachia

ACLU-TN is seeking a dynamic and thoughtful Administrative and Technology Manager. We are sharing the job description (link below) with you in the hopes that you might know the perfect candidate.

This person will be responsible for ensuring the smooth daily functioning of ACLU-TN’s office operations, including administering human resources, managing day-to-day maintenance of the ACLU-TN’s IT infrastructure, managing office volunteers, and providing administrative support to the Executive Director.

If you have any questions about the position please click on the link below.

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Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for three Organizer Apprentice positions in eastern Kentucky (specific locations to be determined).

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide grassroots organization; a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power, for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. We are a fast growing organization with over 11,000 members and 14 county or multi-county based chapters across the state.

We 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.

Organizer Apprentices are paid, full-time members of KFTC’s staff team. These positions will last through December 2018. Applicants should have an appreciation for and commitment to community organizing, leadership development, and KFTC’s vision for social change. Apprentices will learn organizing skills and contribute to KFTC’s grassroots power building strategies, including voter outreach and engagement.

Access the full job description and apply online at:

For more information, contact Lisa Abbott at: KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here

New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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