Rest in Peace Pete Seeger
|Folk singer and activist|
May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014
|Inside Appalachian Community Fund|
I hope you have all kept safe and warm during this wonderful winter weather we've been having.
I also hope you enjoy this February 2014 eAppalActions. In addition to our normal content, we have feature stories and a video about the appalling West Virginia chemical spill last month. For all of the folks in West Virginia, please make sure to keep us posted on your work and please let us know what we can do to assist you with your organizing.
It's comforting to know, with all the things out there that we battle, that there are also victories and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. We extend hearty congratulations to ACF board member Darryl Cannady who was recently elected mayor of Keystone, West Virginia. He will assume office on March 1, 2014.
Congratulations Darryl! Thank you for all that you do, not only for ACF but for the region! Much success in your new position!
Time for me to stop the chatty chat and let you read, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank You for all of your continued support and hard work that has brought us this far and that will continue to carry us forward on Our Journey Towards Justice.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Peace, love and light,
West Virginia Chemical Spill
Pipe Break At Coal Facility Contaminates West Virginia Waterway
Slurry Spill Blackens Kanawha Creek
A coal preparation facility spilled an unknown quantity of coal slurry into a creek in Kanawha County, West Virginia Tuesday morning, according to West Virginia officials. As the Charleston Gazette reports, the spill occurred at Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle operation, which is located near Fields Creek. The operation is near Winifrede, WV - southeast of Charleston, the state's capitol and site of last month's major chemical spill. The amount of coal slurry that spilled is still unknown, but a West Virginia DEP spokesman told the Charleston Gazette that the spill could probably be characterized as "significant." Local reporters have tweeted photos of the spill, which has turned the creek's water black. Read full story and see pictures here.
LaCrisha Rose From Cabin Creek West Virginia: How The Elk River Chemical Spill Has Affected Me And My Family
Poisoned: West Virginia Water Crisis
The Complete Guide To Everything That's Happened Since The
Massive Chemical Spill In West Virginia
By Kiley Kroh
It's been one month since a leak was discovered at a chemical storage facility operated by Freedom Industries on January 9th, spilling an estimated 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM - a chemical mixture used in the coal production process - into the Elk River and the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. Despite assurances from federal and state officials that the water is safe, residents and experts remain concerned as the black licorice smell characteristic of crude MCHM is still being detected in homes and schools. "The scariest part is that we really just don't know what's going to happen," 21-year-old Charleston resident Kellie Raines told ThinkProgress. "All of us are using the water now and we're okay now but in 30 years - I'm young, I don't want to in 30 years realize that I have cancer because of this water." Click here to look at the major events that have shaped this ongoing crisis.
News From the Region
STAY's First Youth of Color Gathering!
The STAY Project is committed to uplifting the voices and supporting the identities of all within Appalachia. We understand that youth of color are often silenced and ignored within our organizations and communities, and that people of color have been invisibilized in our regional histories. STAY's first ever Youth of Color Gathering will bring together youth of color from throughout the region in order to discuss what it means to be a young person of color living in the mountains. We will also envision ways we can better solidify the unique support we want and need as a community. It is rare to have the opportunity to be in a defined youth of color space and we're excited to have the chance to get to know one another openly. STAY's 2014 Youth of Color Gathering will take place May 9th-11th at the Concerned Citizens for Justice Building in Chattanooga, TN. Register here!
Appalachia Funders Network 5th Annual Gathering
Space is Limited, Register for the Gathering Today!
The Appalachia Funders Network, in partnership with the Appalachian Ohio Funders Group, is excited to present the 5th Annual Gathering, in Athens, Ohio: The Power of Partnerships. April 1-3, 2014, The Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, 331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701. The 2014 gathering will feature: Multiple opportunities to network and learn with other grantmakers, federal agency representatives, bankers, and local development practitioners. Peer-lead site visits focused on strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem and growing the promising sectors of arts & tourism, energy, food, and health. Interactive panel discussions to help shape our shared understanding and vision for accelerating Central Appalachia's economic transition. Time to plan the future work, policies, and strategy of the Network Click on the above link for all the details of this exciting event. For detailed Gathering information & to register, click here!
Shalefield Justice Spring Break
Saturday, March 15 to Saturday, March 22
Shalefield Justice Spring Break (SJSB), inspired by the Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) and Summer camps hosted in the coalfields of Appalachia, will bring together members of extraction communities, college students, environmentalists and concerned residents who are interested in learning more about shale gas hydraulic fracturing and its infrastructure, as well as other forms of extreme energy extraction. Participants will also learn about the history of resistance, and about plugging into and collaborating with current campaigns and projects. Through seven days of workshops, skill shares, community service, speakers, hiking, music, films, direct action and more -all within an intentional framework which seeks to divest from all systems of oppression-folks will learn from and stand with shalefield communities in the struggle to maintain community determination and healthy environments for all species (not just humans)! Click here for more details.
Symposium on Hydraulic Fracturing
Free but Registration Required
The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) and the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) are co-hosting a symposium: "Impact of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Operations on the Environment and Public Health" to take place on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania. CEET is an Environmental Health Sciences Core Center funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. The hosts hope to engage many different stakeholders concerning hydraulic fracturing and educate participants on the process and effects on the environment and public health. The symposium will also profile ongoing research on this topic. The day will end with a session on citizens' concerns with a panel discussion. Click here for agenda.
The 2014-2015 Appalachian Transition Fellowship
Starts June, 2014
A new fellowship program will begin next year, aiming to help communities in Central Appalachia rebuild their economies. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program is a project of the non-profit Highlander Center, based in Eastern Tennessee. Early next year, it will select 15 communities in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina. With input from those communities, they'll select 15 fellows to undertake one-year economic development projects. Program coordinator Elandria Williams says this fellowship program is different than programs that have provided support to Appalachia in the past. "This is very different. What we're saying is actually the leaders we have to engage in, the emerging people we must, we must invest in are people from our area," she said.
In that vein, the only people who are eligible for the fellowships are people who have actually lived in Appalachia, whether they're from there or transplants, and have demonstrated commitment to the region. They'll be paid $24,000 for their fellowship year, and the 15 host communities will have a hand in selecting their fellows. Fellowship applications are due in February. Apply here.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Highlander Research and Education Center
Education Team Member
This person will be a member of Highlander's Education Team. This team works together to plan, carry out and evaluate the educational work of the Highlander Center. Fundamentally, Highlander is an intersectional resource for the U.S. South, a place where leaders, networks, and movement strands come together to interact, build relationships, craft joint strategy and develop tools and mechanisms to advance a multi-racial, intergenerational movement for justice in our region. Cornerstones of the work: building the skills of grassroots people and capacity of organizations for long haul work, and connecting people and issues for holistic analysis and broad-based movement building. This staff position will work primarily with our Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program and our Seeds of Fire Youth Program. Highlander's long-standing Seeds of Fire Program provides training for youth and young adults organizing in the South and Appalachia. In 2014, an advisory committee of this program will carry out a re-granting to groups, organize an evaluation and strategy session, and carry out mini-camps in local communities. In addition, Highlander supports the Stay Together Appalachian Youth group. This staff person will support that work in 2014. Highlander is also part of Supporting Emerging Appalachian Leaders Network (SEAL), and this position will provide administrative support and participate as a member of that network. Read more here.
New Opportunity School for Women Foundation, Inc.
Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator
New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) Foundation, a non-profit organization is searching for part-time Director. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, expected. Demonstrated fundraising and nonprofit management experience required. Knowledge of the Appalachian region, and low-income women a must. Work from home and travel to program sites in KY, NC, VA, and TN required. Travel expenses paid, plus a base wage for 20 hours per week of $20,000 to $25,000, depending on experience. Send resume to: NOSW Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 273 Berea, KY 40403, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that strives to bring a voice on issues affecting family farmers and local food consumers to both state and national policy makers. Since 1985, the Community Farm Alliance has led major innovations in Kentucky's agriculture, food and community policy development. The Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and integrating CFA's Program of Work in Eastern Kentucky that a. builds CFA's East Kentucky membership, b. identifies and develops East Kentucky CFA Leadership, and c. helps to build regional and community food systems. To read the full announcement click here.
High Rocks is actively recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time staff position at High Rocks. High Rocks Educational Corporation, an award-winning non-profit leadership program in Hillsboro, WV with the mission to educate, empower and inspire young women in West Virginia is seeking a qualified candidate for a Program Coordinator. The coordinator will work directly with youth and volunteers to implement year-round programming and will also be responsible for the primary coordination of college access programming, admission and recruitment, the Teaching Project, the internship program and marketing. He/she will also represent High Rocks in a larger community of regional networks and partnerships. Applications can be e-mailed to Margaret Emanuel, Lead Program Coordinator at email@example.com. For more information click here.
West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
Seeks Program Coordinator
The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia's rapidly growing local food system. Since 2010, the Coalition has supported a statewide network of West Virginians working to grow food and farm businesses while improving access to healthy local food. The position of Program Coordinator requires a special individual who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, be an advocate for farmers and consumers, and build partnerships outside of traditional "silos" in order to continue the Coalition's success in promoting food and agriculture as a critical part of West Virginia's economy and well-being. The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is currently located in Fayette County, WV, in the heart of Appalachia and site of the New River Gorge. The full job description, including this announcement, can be downloaded here.
Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Seeks Executive Director
Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF), a 23-year old nonprofit located in Berea, KY, announces a search for its third executive director. KEF was founded as a citizen-based environmental organization focused on finding a safe way to dispose of chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County Kentucky. The Foundation's work includes alliances with other chemical weapons sites in the United States as well as other countries. After significant and unprecedented success in finding alternative methods for disposing of chemical weapons in Madison County and at other sites, KEF expanded its work to include additional areas of environmental health and justice concern for Kentuckians.
KEF seeks a leader with broad-based skills and personal qualities, who will engender respect for the institution s/he serves. These include: passion for the causes that the Foundation serves, intellectual acumen, idealism, social responsibility, devoted work and service ethics, and a respect for all people. Personal characteristics of warmth, integrity, authenticity, a sense of humor, and respect for differences and diverse perspectives are all important. This search is being led by the ED Search Committee. Prospective candidates may contact the Search Committee by emailing Info@KyEnvironmentalFoundation.org.
American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2014
Call for Applications
The American Society of Mining and Reclamation will award three scholarships this year to deserving undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students (one scholarship at each level) from academic institutions having curricula leading to professions related to reclamation. In addition to a cash award ($1,000 for undergraduate; $1,500 for masters, and $2,000 for Ph.D.), a plaque, one-year student membership, complimentary national meeting registration, and a meeting awards luncheon ticket will be provided. Read more here
Arcus Foundation Requests Proposals for Forums to Promote Dialogue on LGBT Equality and Ape Conservation
Leading Global Foundation Advancing Pressing Social Justice and Conservation Issues
The Arcus Foundation announced the formal launch of Arcus Forum, a series of public conversations to encourage dialogue on a range of issues related to the Foundation's work on LGBT rights and ape conservation. The forums will feature speakers and content intended to serve as a vehicle for informing and nurturing advocates, and increasing visibility for leading actors and thinkers working to advance justice in society and in nature.
While Arcus will determine some topics, speakers and content, the Foundation will also invite proposals from organizations and advocates to either be featured in the series or to collaborate or co-create a forum. The Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from advocates and organizations for events to take place in New York City during the first half of 2014. The first of next year's forums is expected to take place in March. Interested organizations and advocates may learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal online here
CFP for 2014 UK Graduate Appalachian Research Symposium
The University of Kentucky (UK) Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual UK Appalachian Research Community Symposium and Arts Showcase, which will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Click here for more information.
Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society
The University of Kentucky
This year, the UK Political Ecology Working Group invites YOU to organize sessions for the upcoming Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference! The UK Political Ecology Working Group hope that having participants organize sessions will make the conference more reflective of the wide range of cutting edge research currently taking place in political ecology. Online registration opened October 1st and cost $20 for students and $40 for faculty (there is no fee for undergraduate participants). Please click here for more conference highlights and registration instructions, including how to submit a paper abstract that you would like the conference organizing committee to attempt to place in a suitable session if you are unable to find/organize an appropriate organized session. The conference dates are February 27 - March 1, 2014.
Tennessee Healthcare Campaign
Knoxville Area Affordable Care Act Enrollment Events
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace? The Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov, Obamacare, or Affordable Care) is a new way to find quality health coverage. Using an easy three step process, you will learn about the Marketplace, what insurance is right for you and your family, and enroll in your insurance plan. Through these steps: You'll provide some information about your household size and income to find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance plans. You'll learn if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs, and if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. You'll be able to explore every qualified healthcare plan in your area, all in easy-to-understand language. Click here for some enrollment events in Knoxville area for Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc.
Celebrate Black History!
Join Carpetbag Theatre for their first Cafe Noir of 2014 at 7 pm. February 28th at 1323 N. Broadway as they celebrate the life and work of writer Amiri Baraka. Amiri Baraka was born October 7, 1934 in Newark, NJ. He was the author of over 50 books of poetry, drama, essays and music criticism. He is most remembered for his aggressive style of writing best displayed in his controversial poem "Somebody Blew Up America." He said," Thought is more important than art," and he has provoked his readers to think. We invite all artists,activists and cultural workers to help us celebrate this revolutionary artist. Bring your favorite Baraka excerpt or any other artistic tribute and close out Black History Month by honoring one of America's most original voices.
Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence
12th Annual Conference
April 10-11, 2014, Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. Keynote Speakers include Olga Phoenix, Rachel Ebeling from the Angel Band Project. Plus, three specialized tracks: Advanced Track for Managers and Experienced Advocates, Rural Advocacy track and Sexual Assault Legal Advocacy track. Workshops topics include: Coping with Vicarious Trauma, Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ Community, Best Practices for Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault, Economic Empowerment, Sexual Assault Legal Advocacy, Sexual Assault Response Team Topics, Rural Sexual Assault Advocacy and more! Register here.
League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County
Citizen Academy will offer a three Saturday workshop on running for office (and helping others run). The Citizens Academy is designed to bring Knox County citizens who want to improve and make change in their community together with experienced leaders from within and outside of government. The goal of the Citizens Academy is to set in motion a vanguard of empowered citizens who will help our county confront its challenges and reach its potential. This year, the Citizens Academy will be focused on running for elected office. The 2014 Citizens Academy sessions will take place on February 15, 22, and March 8. The workshop information and application are on the League website here. Please download an application and send it to League@lwvknoxville.org or by mail to League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County, P.O. Box 31825, Knoxville, TN 37930.
February 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., Floyd Country Store. A solutions-oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry. it takes an even-handed look at animal husbandry. First explaining how America arrived at our current industrial system, the story shifts to the present day, showing the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the documentary introduces the revolution taking root in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin.
Virginia Organizing Presents Dervish
Irish Music's Finest, from the West of Ireland
On Friday, February 21, one of Ireland's finest traditional Irish music bands, Dervish, will begin its U.S. tour in Charlottesville. The concert will be at the Paramount Theater and begins at 7:00 p.m. Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Cathy Jordan's masterful stage-presence. Dervish is a band that both celebrates Irish music and has been instrumental in bringing it to a worldwide audience. Brian Cunningham, sean-nós dancer, will also be performing. Brian is one of the charismatic dancers of the show Atlantic Steps, an inspiring epic story of Ireland's oldest dance form (sean-nós translated means old style). Check out Dervish here. Click here for a link to the theater website for you to purchase tickets on-line and to get a taste of the great show that awaits you. Some subsidized tickets are available. If you cannot afford a ticket, please contact Joe Szakos at (434) 984-4655 x222 to inquire about getting a ticket. If you are interested in helping to pay for tickets for those who cannot afford them, please contact Joe, too.
West Virginia's Roadmap to the Food Economy: 2014 Progress Report
West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition
The 2014 Progress Report seeks to celebrate progress, highlight stories "from the field," measure changes in the food economy, and indicate where the biggest opportunities lie. It also includes an updated "Food Economy Scorecard" that measures collective progress toward the four big-picture goals. View full report here.
37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities
Online registration for the 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference is now open. This year's conference will be March 28-30, 2014, on the Marshall University campus in Huntington, West Virginia. Conference registration and membership renewal is online through the ASA's new partnership with the University of Illinois Press. Register and for more information click here. Application forms for scholarships to attend the conference can be found here. Deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 18th.
Register Now for Mountain Justice Spring Break 2014
Sunday March 9 - Sunday March 16 in Northern West Virginia
Come to the beautiful mountains of West Virginia for your Spring Break! Learn about the dirty, destructive, dangerous life-cycles of coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. Stand in solidarity with the communities in Virginia, West Virginia, South West Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee facing the ongoing destruction of coal mining, hydraulic fracturing, and nuclear energy! See mountaintop removal coal mining and natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing up close! Take direct action to end the reign of King Coal! Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) will bring together residents of extraction communities, college students, environmentalists and concerned citizens who are interested in learning more about mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and the dangers of nuclear energy. The week will be spent in West Virginia cultivating the skills and visions needed to build a sustainable energy future in Appalachia. Through education, community service, speakers, hiking, music, poetry, direct action and more, you will learn from and stand with Appalachian communities in the struggle to maintain our land and culture. Anti-Oppression trainings and discussion will be a significant part of this week, and we will strive to incorporate Anti-Oppression, Dismantling Racism and Patriarchy into all aspects of our week. Mountain Justice Spring Break will also offer a variety of community service projects. To see the schedule for the week or register click here.
Ways to Give
Support Appalachian Community Fund as You Shop
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To get involved contact Margo Miller via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 865-523-5783. Thank you for your continued support of ACF and Central Appalachia. Here's to another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia. Out motto - Change, Not Charity - reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachia every day, we can create more just, equitable healthy communities with opportunities for every one. ACF has had a significant impact in our region. Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more.
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