Director's Log: Star Date 47634.44
Writer's Block

I'm struggling this month in writing this section of the enewsletter.  Should I write about the beginning of a new year? ACF's 30th Anniversary and the many exciting things we have planned? The recent inauguration and the peaceful exchange of power? The enormous turnout this past Saturday during the women's march? Or my obsession of being encouraged and inspired from watching Star Trek Voyager. They are stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 70 light years away from home, two crews, despite their difference join forces to survive their long journey home, facing many life-threatening obstacles along the way. There's so many ideas floating around in this head of mine right now.

Instead of trying to sort through all of them and holding up sharing information from around the region, I've decided instead to share a song with you I heard for the first time yesterday that is also ironically stuck in my head. It's by a performer named MILCK. Her song "Quiet" is a response of what happens when we attempt to live up to others exceptions and end up silencing ourselves in the process. In the song, she decides she is now longer going to keep quiet. It was sung by a group of women who had only rehearsed it a couple of times online before the march.

 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoy it. I also hope that each of us will use our collective voices and no longer keep quiet about the things that are important that bring about the change for a more just world for all of us. And like Captain Janeway and her crew, I hope that we will continue to hold true to our values and vision for this change on our journey toward justice, even when we get a bad case of writer's block.

Until next month, peace, love, and justice.  Margo signing off.​
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As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia! 


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Seeking Candidates For The 100 Portraits Of Appalachia Project 
Documentary 
West Virginia University, West Virginia Public Radio, the Daily Yonder and the BBC are looking for good candidates for their collaborative documentary 100 Portraits of Appalachia. Contact photographer Nancy Andrews if you or your group are willing to be the subject of portraiture.

Nancy Andrews
Ogden Visiting Professor for Media Innovation
Reed College of Media
West Virginia University
Email: nancy.andrews@mail.wvu.edu
 
 
 
 
Kentucky
 
 
 
 
Winter Arts & Naturalist Weekend
Pine Mountain Settlement School 
Join us for a family-friendly weekend of hiking and bird walks, weaving on an antique loom and making corn shuck dolls. You can also enjoy the art of folk dancing and storytelling. The weekend includes home-cooked Appalachian style meals beginning with dinner at 6 pm on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday, 2 nights lodging, and all program.
 
 
Learn more and reserve your spot
 
 
Wilderness First Aid 
Pine Mountain Settlement School 
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the American Camp Association guidelines. Students must be 14 years of age or older to participate. The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.
 
 
Make your reservation
 
 
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
 
 
Tennessee
 
 
 
 
Celebrating The Work And Lives Of Women In Jazz Who Jam In Our City, Region And The World 

 
 
 
 
"Foodways: The Intersection of Food in Appalachian Literature, Culture, Traditions, and History"
8th Annual Mildred Haun Conference
2017 Conference, February 3-4, 2017: The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture explores and defines Appalachian literature and culture for Appalachians and non-Appalachians. They are seeking individual and panel presentations from faculty members, independent scholars, community members, and students who have an interest in any aspect of Appalachian literature, scholarship, and culture.
 
 
Conference details
 
 
Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fully-Funded,18-Month Program
Applications are Due February 1, 2017
Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. The AMI Fellowship is a fully-funded,18-month program that prepares and empowers individuals to build vibrant, healthy communities.
Participants spend six months studying on-site with room and board paid for and then you commit to a year of community service to cement that education. An $18,000 stipend is paid to participants. In the end, participants walk away with a very deep understanding of the topics plus a certificate that can help them make a living by teaching or consulting.
Here is the summary of the syllabus:
•    Full season organic gardening
•    Rotational grazing
•    Small animal husbandry
•    Permaculture design
•    Soil science
•    Conservation
•    Mushroom cultivation
•    Beekeeping
•    Cooking, preserving & fermentation
•    Nutrition & wellness
•    Community development
•    Nonprofit management
•    Food access issues
 
 
Check out the AMI website
 
 
Conference Scholarship Applications Now Open 
Appalachian Studies Conference at Virginia Tech 
The Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) offers a limited number of scholarships to individuals requiring financial assistance to attend the ASA annual conference. The ASA truly loves funding people. It is part of their mission. In the past they have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Their funds are limited so they prioritize scholarships according to those with the most need. They ask applicants to first seek financial assistance from their own institution or organization, if applicable, before applying for an ASA Scholarship. Scholarships cover the cost of registration/membership only. Meals and other ticketed activities are not included. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of conference attendees. An ASA scholarship serves as your registration for the conference. Scholarship applicants do not need to register or pay UNLESS they have been notified that they are not receiving a scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is February 9. Recipients will be notified by February 16. Meals must be ordered by March 2.

New this year: ASA will be offering a limited number of scholarships to seniors who are age sixty-five or older. Please check “Senior” on the form below if you would like to be considered.
 
 
For more information or to apply
 
 
Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future 
Report: Repurposing Virginia’s Abandoned Coal Sites
A report released recently highlights the economic development potential of more than a dozen abandoned coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia that could be repurposed into solar farms, community parks, sustainable farms or other innovative projects with funding from the RECLAIM Act, now pending in Congress. The report, “Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future,” identifies 14 sites in seven counties that represent the best potential for reclaiming old coal sites and re-developing them with projects that yield lasting and sustainable economic benefits for the surrounding area.
 
 
Full report
 
 
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
 
 
For further information click here
 
 
West Virginia
 
 
 
 
Attention Students In Kanawha County, West Virginia


 
 
Award details
 
 
Call To Action: Create A Task Force On Rural HIV, Hep B AND Hep C NOW! 
HIV, Hep B and Hep C Set to Explode in Many Rural Areas
With the Centers for Disease Control indicating in the summer of 2016 that wide swaths of rural America were anticipated to experience an explosion of rates of HIV, hepatitis B and C, Darryl Cannady of South Central Educational Development in the central Appalachian town of Bluefield, West Virginia knew that it was high time for a more vigorous response for treatment and prevention.

Cannady is a long-time outreach director and specialist on how to prevent and treat rural HIV and other infectious diseases and works in rural West Virginia and Virginia. “You can’t solve rural issues necessarily with urban-piloted solutions,” Cannady notes. “We have to have funding directed at treating and preventing in ways appropriate to rural America. We must coordinate our efforts and call for more resources.” 

He partnered with researcher and rural economic specialist Crystal Cook Marshall to launch a campaign for a federal level Rural Task Force on HIV, Hep B and Hep C. The plan is to raise awareness more generally as well as to bring the issue to the attention of state governments and federal agencies. Cannady is also reaching out to regional universities and colleges in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to pilot a regional task force on HIV, Hep B and C as potential model of coordination for a federal task force.

HIV, Hep B and Hep C Also a Rural Workforce Issue
Researcher Cook Marshall adds, “We have been grateful for recent federal level economic development attention in particular to Appalachia, but economic development is only one-half of the major problem we face. If we are not healthy enough to work, no amount of economic development will turn our rural areas around. Both economic and health issues must be addressed deeply and together.”

  • Sign the petition for a Task Force on Rural HIV, Hep B and Hep C here.
  • Get involved or learn more about the call for a Task Force on Rural HIV, Hep B and Hep C here.
  • Follow task force progress and learn more about the issues on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Darryl Cannady at 304-325-6105 or sced1@earthlink.net.
 
 
 
 
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
 
 
 
 
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizers 
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots organization with 11,000 members across the state. They organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. They have 13 local chapters across the state and at- large members in many other Kentucky counties.

Jefferson County
Local chapters are the building blocks of KFTC’s power – the primary place where members join, get involved in improving their communities and build New Power. The Jefferson County KFTC chapter area includes Jefferson and Oldham counties and Southern Indiana. There are almost 2,400 KFTC members in the chapter area. The Jefferson County community organizer would have a primary responsibility of working within this region and with existing and future KFTC members and allies in the area. 

Currently, the Jefferson County KFTC chapter has active local issue campaigns around economic justice (affordable housing, equitable urban development, and participatory local budgeting) and air quality, with a focus on working with West Louisville communities surrounding Rubbertown. The Jefferson County organizer would be responsible for helping members to continue building these local issues campaigns and also working on new local issue campaigns as they evolve over time in the chapter area.

Eastern Kentucky 
Currently, KFTC chapters have active local issue campaigns around sustainable economic development in the region, land use, voting rights and much more. The Eastern Kentucky organizer would be responsible for helping members to continue building these local issues campaigns and also working on new local issue campaigns as they evolve over time in the chapter area.
 
 
Position description
 
 
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Fahe
Fahe, a regional membership-based non-profit in Berea is accepting applications for the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.  This posting is for immediate full-time employment in our home office in Berea, Kentucky. As a key member of Fahe’s Strategic Initiatives, this position is responsible for projects from conception through evaluation, ensuring the strategic alignment of opportunities to Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia, and otherwise planning, securing funding for, executing, and evaluating:

•    Community Development Projects
•    Corporate initiatives, and 
•    The daily operations of consulting team. 

The position will build relationships with key partners and develop strategies to address Fahe’s community development and strategic initiatives objectives. 
 
 
Full job description
 
 
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
 
 
 
 
We Shall Overcome Fund Application
Due January 27th
Created to nurture grassroots efforts within African American communities to use art and activism against injustice, the We Shall Overcome Fund supports organizing in the South that is at the nexus of culture and social change. Because of the song’s history and use in the primarily southern-based struggle against racism and injustice, African American communities must benefit from Fund-supported projects. We strongly encourage proposals from diverse racial and ethnic communities working in coalition to end racism, economic and environmental injustice, sexism and homophobia.

The We Shall Overcome Fund supports a wide range of projects including:
  • Performance and visual arts projects linked to or directly serving efforts that seek to transform unjust social, economic, and political environments/conditions/imbalances;
  • Workshops, conferences, and research projects that use arts and culture to build coalitions, share information, inspire, and mobilize people to take action;
  • Preservation of Civil Rights Movement documents; multi-media research projects that document and share the history of the Movement.
 
 
Application details
 
 
Communities Against Hate 
Open Society Foundation
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. In the United States, the foundations’ work seeks to promote full participation in the nation’s civic, political, and economic life—particularly for communities that are historically marginalized and vulnerable—and to ensure that the core institutions of civil society are effective and accountable to the public.

This is a rapid response fund that will support local communities and organizations in the U.S. in their efforts to de-escalate and head off future incidents of hate based on race, religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. For the purposes of this fund, incidents of hate include bullying, intimidation, bigoted slurs, assaults, desecration of houses of worship, and other acts. Open Society hopes these rapid response grants will promote the values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal protection, and empower and equip individuals, institutions, organizations, and local communities across the social, racial, ethnic, and faith spectrum to stand together against hate. We also want to ensure that incidents are included, tracked and aggregated in local and national databases and increase public awareness and solidarity.
 
The grants Open Society Foundations will make through this call for applications are part of a broader emergency response to the uptick in incidents of hate in the United States.  Through a separate grant making process that is by invitation only, OSF will provide 1) support that aims to develop a national referral network that will channel requests for legal and social services to those who have experienced acts of hate; 2) support new efforts to document and aggregate incidents of hate as they happen, and categorize them by type of offense, targeted community, and geographic location; and 3) support efforts to increase public awareness of the scale and scope of hate incidents, with the goal of encouraging investigation of these offenses by state and local authorities as well as the Department of Justice.  In addition to these short-term measures, the initiative will seek to help bolster communities’ longer-term resilience and capacity to stand up to hate and overcome it.
 
 
Application dates and deadlines
 
 
Request For Proposals For The Partners For Places Grant Cycle 
Deadline January 30, 2017
The Round 10 RFP for the general program was posted on Dec. 5, 2016. The application deadline for Round Ten is January 30, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please follow the links on the right to review the current Request for Proposals, access the Proposal Form, and to consult the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions about the program or the grant process, please feel free to contact Ashley Quintana or Ann Wallace.
 
 
Apply here
 
 
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
#BlackLivesMatter
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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