February 2013
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ACF 's You!

Appalachian Community Fund Thanks You
Appalachian Community Fund Thanks You

Warm Welcomes and Fond Farewells

ACF Announces Change in Staff

Patricia Jones is now in the position of development assistant. We're so glad to welcome her aboard! We wish Mary Eva well in her new position as a school therapist.

A Message from Mary Eva

When I started work with the Appalachian Community Fund I thought it was so strange that I was working for Appalachia from an 11th floor office in downtown Knoxville, a place that felt a long way from my home and very urban. I carried the guilt of my outmigration quietly but its burden was real. When I stepped into the office of Appalachian Community Fund I felt the burden lighten.

I have so enjoyed my time here and I've learned so much that I can carry with me. The biggest lesson has been about the heroism of everyday people. Click here to read more from Mary Eva.

Click here to read more about Patricia.

ACF Accepting Board Nominations Through March 31, 2012

Are You a Mover and Shaker? Want to Support Grassroots Organizing in Central Appalachia?

ACF Wants You! ACF is recruiting new board members before the beginning of our next fiscal year in July 2013. 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. Our board of directors is made up of community leaders and residents of the four-state area in which we fund. Click here to read more.

Please click here to fill out the nomination form. Instructions regarding how to submit your form can be found in the form. If you have questions about serving on the board, please feel free to contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5783 or click here to email her. The board will review and vote on submitted nominations in our Spring Board Meeting, so please submit your completed nominations forms by March 31, 2013.

News From the Region

Support the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act

Take Action Today and Contact Your Congressperson

The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act is the first law ever proposed that would end the human rights/ human health disaster that is Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia. The New York Times called Mountaintop Removal "Appalachia's Agony." It's no wonder: communities near Mountaintop Removal sites suffer shockingly disproportionate levels of cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, birth defects and other physical and mental illnesses. More than four thousand people die in West Virginia communities every year because they live near such sites. Science calls these "excess deaths." We call them Husband, Wife, Grampa, Granma, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin. Mountaintop Removal's horrors MUST end, and you have a vital role to play in ending it. Get your member of Congress to sign on to the A.C.H.E. Act now. Click here to read the legislation and here for additional information.

3rd Annual Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health Set for March 21-22

First of Two Back-to-Back Conferences Planned for March

The Appalachian State University Department of Psychology will host the 3rd annual Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health at Appalachian State University March 21-22. The purpose of the conference is to bring together professionals from rural-focused training graduate training programs, predoctoral internship programs, and practitioners in a diverse array of community settings to discuss strategies for preparing mental health service providers for work in rural areas. This conference directly precedes the 36th annual Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference and participants of the ASA conference are encouraged to attend both events. The Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health will conclude Friday morning and the ASA Conference will begin Friday afternoon. For more information call (828) 262-7939.

ASALogo36th Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Second of Two Back-to-Back Conferences Planned for March

We're very excited about the 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference! This year's theme is "Communities in Action, Landscapes in Change" and the event will take place March 22-24, 2013, at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The Keynote Speaker will be William R. Ferris. Based on his experience as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 1997-2001, Professor Ferris will reflect on how the NEH has supported Appalachian studies and regional studies in general. He will also discuss the relationship of Appalachia to the American South and the importance of its literature and music. Click here for the preliminary program.

Registration Opens for 8th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week

Mark Your Calendars for May 4th-8th!

Registration is now open for our 8th annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, which will take place this May 4th-8th! Click here to apply today! This year will be a critical time to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, President Obama made clear in his inaugural address that we need to ensure the children of Appalachia are "safe from harm." We know that cannot happen until we put an end to mountaintop removal. Scholarships are limited. If you are seeking a full or partial scholarship, the deadline is March 12th. If you do not need scholarship support, the deadline to register is March 19th. Can't make it? Your support can make it possible for others to attend! Donate here to support the 8th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington. Last year's Week in Washington was a tremendous success. More than 150 people from over 20 states came to Washington, holding more than 200 meetings with congressional offices and agency officials - all culminating in Appalachia Rising's Day of Action. Join us this year, as we ramp up pressure on the Obama administration to end mountaintop removal once and for all. There are no more excuses; we will be increasing pressure on federal agencies, garnering new bipartisan support for the Clean Water Protection Act, and having conversations with lawmakers about the need for economic transition in the region.

Seeking Nominations for EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Click Here to Access the NEJAC Website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill at least six (6) new vacancies. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent the following stakeholder workforce sectors:

  • Academia (2 vacancies)
  • Grassroots Community-based organizations (1 vacancy)
  • Non-governmental/environmental organizations (1 vacancy)
  • State and local government agencies (1 vacancy)
  • Tribal governments and indigenous groups (1 vacancy)

Within these sectors, EPA is seeking nominees with knowledge and experience in community-driven initiatives, climate change adaptation, land use and equitable development, environmental sociology and statistical/data analysis, and environmental financing. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be fully considered.

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory committee. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations must be received by February 20, 2013. Click here for more information.
Groups Sue Interior Department for Failure to Protect Streams

Coalition Works for New Stream Protection Rule

Today a broad coalition of citizen and environmental groups reopened litigation against the Department of Interior for its removal of a key protection for streams against mountaintop removal mining-the "Stream Buffer Zone Rule." The Bush administration removed this protection through a midnight rulemaking in 2008, and the Obama administration agreed the Bush administration's action was unlawful. But the Interior Department has since failed to undo the Bush administration's rulemaking by the deadline it agreed to. The Bush administration repealed the 25-year-old Stream Buffer Zone Rule just before leaving office, permitting widespread dumping of mining waste in Appalachian waterways. In the early days of the Obama administration, the groups put the lawsuit on hold based on the administration's promise to replace the harmful Bush rule by 2012. Because the administration failed to live up to its agreement to revoke the Bush rule and issue a new stream protection rule, the groups are returning to court to restore protections for Appalachian communities and streams. Click here to read more.

Appalachia Dominates List of Most Endangered Places in the Southeast

Southern Environmental Law Center Releases 2013 List

SELC's 5th annual list of the Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast targets areas of exceptional scenic, ecological, or cultural value that face immediate, potentially irreversible threats-and the important actions needed in 2013 to protect these natural treasures for future generations. The Virginia and Tennessee mountains make the list as well as Charlottesville and Southside, Virginia. Visit the SELC's website to learn more.

Environmental Protection Agency Releases Report on Children's Health and the Environment in America

Report Looks at Environmental Stressors, Seeks to Guide Policy

EPA today released "America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition," a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children's health and the environment. The report shows trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and soil that may affect children; concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of child-bearing age; and childhood illnesses and health conditions. The report incorporates revisions to address peer review and public comments on draft materials released in 2011. "This latest report provides important information for protecting America's most vulnerable - our children. It shows good progress on some issues, such as reducing children's blood lead levels and exposure to tobacco smoke in the home, and points to the need for continued focus on other issues", said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Although we are encouraged by these findings, there is still much work to be done. By monitoring trends, identifying successes, and shedding light on areas that need further evaluation, we can continue to improve the health of our children and all Americans." Click here to read the report.

Call for Abstracts: Looking at Transformation in Appalachia

Appalachia Revisited: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Regional Continuity and Change
We request a Call for Abstracts of original, scholarly research across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that address the theme of "Appalachia Revisited." With revisited, we mean to highlight transformations in the Appalachian region and concurrent changes in the way Appalachia is approached as a topic of academic study. Our goal is to develop a cross-disciplinary examination of the cultural, technological, economic, political, and environmental processes that have shaped Appalachia approximately over the last twenty years. The objective of this project is the production of a peer-reviewed, edited book of approximately 80,000 words for publication through an academic press. Individual chapters will range 6,000-7,000 words. We invite abstracts of 450-600 words by March 1, 2013 that address Appalachia's connections to wider processes of transformation, including changes in theoretical and methodological approaches to regional scholarship. Above all, we welcome creativity in Revisiting Appalachia. Click here to review possible areas of inquiry, but we invite abstracts that transcend these boundaries or fit the theme in other ways.

Southern Cultures Invites Submissions on the Theme of "Southern Waters"

Submissions Accepted Through May 15, 2013
Southern Cultures, the award-winning quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, strongly encourages submissions from scholars and other thoughtful writers from around the world for our special issue devoted entirely to "Southern Waters." We will be accepting submissions for this special issue now through May 15, 2013. We are interested in reflections on all aspects of Southern waters including music, navigation and mapping, disasters (from drought to flood), property (riparian rights to ownership), faith and cosmology, literature and art, drink, resource and energy (from hydroelectric to fracking), and more. Submissions on water topics such as Southern tears, beach music, bourbon and branch, river baptisms, drowning, resorts, borders, swamps, agriculture and aquaculture, fishing, etc. are all encouraged. To read our current issue, access our submission guidelines, and browse our content please visit: http://www.SouthernCultures.org/.
Looking for An Alternative to the Traditional Spring Break?

Dates Announced for 2013 Mountain Justice Spring Break

Since 2007, Mountain Justice Spring Break has been offering students and young people an exciting, fun, low-cost alternative spring break in Appalachia. Mountain Justice Spring Break is a chance to learn more about how extractive industries like coal, hydro-fracking for natural gas and nuclear energy have sucked billions of dollars in resources from the land, while leaving behind environmental and social problems and a ravaged land.

We will spend a week 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. Mountain Justice Spring Break will also offer a variety of community service projects, Appalachian music and dancing.

  • Mountain Justice Spring Break in Virginia (March 2-10) will be held at the Community Center in the historic mining town of Appalachia. Nearby Black Mountain is being blasted right now by coal companies and you will see the effects on the forests, water, land and people. Coal trains rumble through this small community, which was once a thriving mining town. Click here for more information.
  • Mountain Justice Spring Break in West Virginia (March 10-17) will be held at a remote rural lodge in a county park surrounded by a winding creek and the beautiful rolling hills of West Virginia - and lots of fracking for natural gas. The lodge is modern and comfortable, easy to access from Interstates 77 and 79 and US 50. There are bunk beds for 90 people and hot showers, or you can camp in the park. Click here for more information.

Registration for MJSB is now live! Cost includes all food for the week, lodging and the programs. MJSB is suitable for student budgets!

Recent News on Fracking, Mining and Climate Change

Follow These Links to Learn More

EPA Censors Fracking Study

Studies Link Waste Water from Fracking to Earthquakes

Dairy Farms Suffer From Fracking

West Virginia Coal Dust Standards Not Enforced

United Mine Workers of America President and Others Arrested at Protest

Fitch Warns of Increased Bankruptcy in Coal Industry

Soot - The Secret Climate Threat

The Poison We Never Talk About in School

The Carbon Bomb Report

Why Greenland's Ice Melt Could be the Biggest Climate Disaster of All

James Hansen and the Climate Change Exit Strategy

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

SOCM Accepting Applications for Organizer in Training

Part-time Opportunity to Learn About Statewide Organizing

Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment will be accepting applications for two Organizer in Training positions, with the goal of providing valuable statewide grassroots organizing experience for the chosen candidates. Applications are due by February 28th. Interested applicants should be familiar with SOCM's values and mission and have a strong commitment to social, environmental and economic justice. Top candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership experience.
  • An ability to work with community members from various backgrounds.
  • A desire and willingness to travel extensively.
  • A desire to work long hours, nights and weekends in order to achieve campaign goals.
  • A valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
  • An interest in producing tangible results in terms of issue work and base building.

This will be a very unique opportunity to work with SOCM staff and members across the state. This is a part-time paid position (about 20 hours a week). Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to Organizing Director Kazi Wilkins at kazi@socm.org.

Fairness West Virginia Seeks Public Policy Interns

Applications for Summer 2013 Due April 1, 2013

Interns work in the Department of Public Policy and Government Affairs, which works to secure strategic public policy wins at the local, state and federal levels and to assist with implementation in order to ensure West Virginia's continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community. Public Policy interns assist with all aspects of the policy program, including: Drafting and reviewing legislation, advisory memoranda, advocacy letters, talking points, testimony and other materials supporting federal, state, and local civil rights legislation and policies; Monitoring and analyzing legislation, regulations, and policies at the federal and state levels; Analyzing federal and state court decisions for their impact on LGBT families; Producing policy-related publications, training curricula, and other educational materials; Collaborating with other social justice organizations to promote equality for the LGBT community; Scheduling and occasionally attending meetings with legislators, administration officials or other coalition partners. Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges

Partnership of Federal Agencies and National Organizations Offers Workshop Funding, Technical Assistance, and Additional Resources

Today, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST. CIRD (formerly known as "Your Town") works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.

USDA Announces Request for Applications for Farm-to-School Grants

Proposals Due Midnight EST, April 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for the latest round of USDA's Farm-to-School grants. These grants help eligible schools improve the health and wellbeing of students and connect with local agricultural producers. "USDA's Farm-to-School grants connect schools with their local farmers, ranchers and food businesses, providing new economic opportunities to food producers and bringing healthy, local offerings into school cafeterias," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "USDA continues to make improvements to the nutrition of food offered in schools, and investing in farm-to-school programs is yet another important opportunity to encourage our nation's kids to make lifelong healthy eating choices." Three different kinds of grants will be available. Planning grants are intended for schools just getting started on farm-to-school activities, while implementation grants are available for schools seeking to augment or expand existing efforts. To assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, USDA will host a series of webinars related to the application process. Click here for more information.


I Love Mountains Day Set for February 14th in Frankfurt, Kentucky

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Seeks to Stop Mountaintop Removal

The movement to end mountaintop removal is large and each of us has a place in it. Some of us risk arrest, others share knowledge with children and church groups, still others attend rallies, write letters, make phone calls and more. It takes all of these pieces to make our movement whole. All of us are responsible for helping to save our land and protect our communities. Please join us on February 14, 2013 for I Love Mountains day to continue calling for an end to mountaintop removal and to ask our leaders to share a vision for the solutions that Kentucky so desperately needs. Help us call on Governor Beshear, our state legislative leaders, and even our leaders in Washington D.C. to serve the public interest by ending mountaintop removal and looking towards a clean energy future that can provide good, safe jobs and healthy communities. Please click here for more information.

Kentucky Conference to Focus on Small-Scale Farming, Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Register Now to Reserve Your Spot

Please join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and others for a day of workshops about small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables. We hope to provide promising, sustainable ideas people can use to save/earn money or even start a small business! This conference is open to anyone looking to broaden their skills. The conference is set for March 9, 2013, and will run from 10:30am to 4:30pm. The conference will be held at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. For more information click here or contact Event Organizer Kristi Kendall via email or by calling 606-226-4159

Plant Trees, Meet New People, and Learn About Reforestation

Food and Lodging Provided for Participants

On Saturday April 6, concerned citizens will be planting thousands of tree seedlings with Green Forests Work on a large former strip mine site in Pike County Kentucky near Fish Trap Lake. This is a good opportunity to learn how reforestation of surface mines could create hundreds of jobs in Appalachia while bringing back the native hardwood forest species. This compacted mine site has been ripped using specialized equipment to make it ready for planting. Currently there are few trees on the old mine site. We will leave the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Pikeville between 8:30-9am on Saturday morning, April 6th, and will return about 3 P.M. the same day. A school bus will take most of us to the site. We have free lodging at the First Christian Church in Pikeville for Friday night, 4/5; Friday night supper and Saturday morning breakfast will be provided at the church, and we will provide sack lunches and water at the planting site. If you are not too enthusiastic about sleeping in your sleeping bag on the floor at the church, there are motels in the area. You will miss delightful camaraderie, however. Of course, you can join us for meals. Please email Mary Miller or call her at 859-858-9983 if you are interested. The first part of March she will send out a detailed email with directions and confirm all plans.


Laying the Course for a Violence-Free Tennessee

Conference to Address Domestic and Sexual Violence

The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence is a private nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans. They will be hosting their 11th annual conference in Nashville, TN from March 19-21. The event will be held at the Nashville Convention Center. Registration begins Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 8:00AM CST and the conference will begin promptly at 9:00AM CST. On Wednesday March 20, 2013 the conference will convene from 10:30AM CST to 4:30PM CST. On Thursday March 21, 2013 the conference will convene from 9:00AM CST to noon. Lunch will be daily on your own. Sessions include:

  • Serving LGTBQ Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Trauma Informed Care & Vicarious Trauma
  • Serving Male Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Serving Survivors with Substance Abuse Issues
  • Non-Profit Financial Management
  • Working with Children who have Witnessed Domestic Violence
  • Best Practices for First Responders to Sexual Assault
  • Serving Survivors with Mental Health Diagnoses
  • Grant Writing

University of Tennessee Wants to Study Fracking

Seeks to Establish Fracking Sites in Morgan and Scott Counties

The University of Tennessee has asked the Executive Subcommittee of the State Building Commission to defer consideration of a proposed lease of mineral rights associated with a planned natural gas and oil research initiative at its Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center property in Scott and Morgan counties. The subcommittee had been scheduled to vote on the matter at its January 31 meeting. "Although we were scheduled and eager to proceed with our proposal to the state, we decided that we needed additional time to address concerned members of the public," said Dr. Larry Arrington, Chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture. "We believe the research meets an urgent social need, but we want folks to be comfortable with the planned safeguards for the environment," he said. UTIA's research initiative calls for the study of environmental risk factors related to oil and gas development. The goal, according to Arrington, is to provide baseline data to advance best management practices specific to extracting natural gas and petroleum resources from the Chattanooga shale formations common throughout East Tennessee and the region. The university would seek a lease agreement with private industry to extract the resources from its Cumberland Forest while studying the methodologies and their environmental effects. The proposed fact-based, scientific investigation will seek to answer critical research questions regarding the relationships between the development of gas and oil resources through a process called fracking and groundwater quality, wildlife habitat, soil disturbance, geological shale, and individual species of flora and fauna. Click here to read more.

PlanET Wants You to Get Involved

Help Design Your Community

PlanET will move into its third series of public input activities in January, and we want to know "How do YOU want our region to grow?" By the year 2030, our five county area is projected to grow by 298,000 residents and more than 240,000 jobs. Where do you think we will all live, work and play? What are your priorities in determining where new transportation and housing options should be located? How can we preserve what you love about the region and grow in ways that make our communities stronger and more competitive?

From late January through mid-March, we will provide a variety of methods for you to share your input including online tools and small group discussions. Sign up for our popular Meeting in a Box tool that lets us bring the meeting to your civic organization, church or community group. With formats lasting 30, 60, or 90 minutes, we can tailor the length of the meeting to fit within your organization's regular meeting time. Please contact Sherith Colverson, PlanET Outreach Coordinator, at sherith.colverson@planeasttn.org or at (865) 661-3216 to learn more about the activity and schedule your meeting day and time. You can also visit their website at www.planeasttn.org.


Appalachian Sustainable Development Presents "Love Local at BANQ"

Featuring McKenna Andrews

Come on down to BANQ at the corner of Center and Board Streets in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee, for a "friend-raiser" for Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD). The event is set for February 22, 2013 at 5:30pm, admission is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by February 15, 2013. ASD has been creating and implementing solutions to our region's challenges since 1995 by providing access to fresh, healthy food for those in need, developing our local food system, providing opportunities for forest landowners and green wood products manufacturers, and teaching our young people using outdoor classrooms. This meet and greet event is all about sustainability: local music, local libations, and local food in the uniquely repurposed 1920s BANQ building, showcasing adaptive reuse in an event venue in the heart of downtown Kingsport. Click here for more information.

Virginia Organizing Advocates for Medicaid Expansion

Image and Text Credited to Virginia Organizing

The health care law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes important advances to provide millions of Americans with high-quality and affordable health care. Right now, Virginia has an important decision to make. The Supreme Court decision upholding the health care law allows states to decide whether or not to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. If Virginia implements this expansion now, it will dramatically reduce the number of uninsured Virginians, garner an extraordinary amount of federal support and ensure a smarter use of Virginia's healthcare dollars. Delaying Medicaid expansion will hurt Virginians. Click here to read more.

Restoration of Voting Rights Workshop

Featuring Special Presenter Richael Faithful

Virginia Organizing invites you to attend a workshop where you will learn about the process of rights restoration for former felons. Richael Faithful, a civil rights attorney with D.C.'s Advancement Project, will provide crucial training for those interested in helping themselves and/or others restore their voting rights. There will also be discussion about challenging the injustice of felon disenfranchisement. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, from 1-4pm at the Virginia Organizing Building (located at 618 E. Church St., Martinsville, VA). The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 10. For more information contact Nik Belanger via email or by calling 434-709-4953. Click here to access the registration form.

West Virginia

Rally & Lobby Day for the West Virginia Resolution Against Corporate "Personhood"

West Virginians for Democracy, Rally for the Resolution

Local and national organizations will meet in the WV Capitol Building in Charleston on Tuesday, February 19 to support the WV Senate and House of Delegates in passing a Resolution protesting the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision allowing corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to political action committees (PACs). The main rally will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the Capitol under the Rotunda, with lobbying of legislators from 9 to 11 AM and from 1 to 5 PM. "We are already seeing how this Court's flawed interpretation of the Constitutional right to free speech is corrupting the electoral process," says event organizer Hedda Haning. "Money pouring into West Virginia during the 2012 campaign allowed some statewide candidates to attack their rivals with hugely misleading ads. Allowing this is devastating for the candidates, terribly misleading for voters, and a death-knell for democracy. We are protesting the way our government is being bought by special interests. It seems clear to us that corporations are not people, and money is not free speech." Click here for more information.

Fairness West Virginia Requests Your Signature

Sign the Petition in Support of the Employment and Housing Nondiscrimination Act

All West Virginians deserve to be treated fairly by the laws of their own state, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, in nearly all of West Virginia, hard working, decent people can be fired or kicked out of their homes because of who they love.

The Employment and Housing Nondiscrimination Act (EHNDA) will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Human Rights Act that already includes race, creed, disability, and sex. This is a common sense update to existing law. Sign this petition sponsored by Fairness West Virginia to ensure that the West Virginia state legislature knows that you support EHNDA because you know Hard Work Doesn't Discriminate! At Fairness, we believe that all West Virginia workers should be evaluated solely on their performance - not on any personal characteristic that has nothing to do with their ability. Lawmakers in Charleston are poised to consider legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations - known as the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act (EHNDA). Click here to sign the petition to lawmakers today & consider volunteering for this critical initiative!

Free Water Testing Available

Duke University Research Project Seeks to Identify Contaminated Waters

If you live in Boone, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, or Kanawha County, you may qualify for free well or spring water testing and $30. We need you! Field researchers from Duke University are testing private drinking water wells or springs in Southern West Virginia to find out which areas, communities, and properties are at risk for contaminated drinking water. Before field researchers collect samples from your well, you will need to answer several questions about the well and the property. Once the water samples are collected you will receive $30. You must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. If you would like to participate or get more information, please contact us toll-free at 1-866-264-7891.

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Become an ACF sustaining donor by making an automatic monthly donation that fits your budget via our secure website or through your bank. A gift of $20 a month equals a cup of gourmet coffee a week.

EMPLOYER MATCHED CONTRIBUTIONS If your employer has a matching gift program, your gift to ACF can be doubled or even tripled in size. Your human resources/personnel office can provide you with a matching gift form. Simply complete the form and enclose it with your contribution. ACF will do the rest!

Have you considered establishing your legacy with ACF? There are many ways to establish a legacy gift at ACF that will provide benefits to you during your lifetime and impact the lives of future generations. For more information on how to join the Appalachian WILL Power Legacy Circle, visit our website. You may also contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5786 or via email at margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org.

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Mission Statement
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.
25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $5 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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