From The Executive Director

I’ve recently been reading a lot about Ella Parker, community organizer and civil rights activist. Her life’s work and theory on leaders inspires me. She said, “You didn’t see me on television, you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organizations might come. My theory is Strong people don’t need strong leaders.

As election time approaches, we are about to decide who will be our next leader and chief. Given the chaotic atmosphere that has come with this presidential campaign, many are weary about who that will be.

We believe in freedom for all of us. We work for systemic change that addresses the underlying causes of poverty and oppression and oftentimes we look to our leaders and elected officials to make it happen.

Regardless of who is elected, I hope we will remember and be inspired by the wise words of Ms. Baker.  It’s not all about the leaders. It’s about power to the people to make change! We are the ones who will work tirelessly for equity. We are the ones who will find ways to change oppressive systems and make sure our freedom is preserved . We are the ones who will find a way to shed light on the truth and make sure that light finds its way to inspire others to continue on this journey toward justice.

Because we who believe in freedom shall not rest, regardless of who sits in the big seat.

Will you sing with me?

​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! 
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director​

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The Appalachian Community Fund will honor Dorothy Mitchell-Kincaid for her tireless work to bring about positive change for her community and communities throughout Appalachia; and the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education for improving the health outcomes of patients in the communities they serve with the East Tennessee Appalachian Hero Award.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Martin Luther King Center
209 East Franklin Street
Alcoa, Tennessee 37701

Open to the public. Suggested donation $25.

Please RSVP by November 7th
Event details here
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announce their first round of grants from the Out in the South Fund. The Fund aims to strengthen local LGBTQ funds and Southern funding collaboratives as sustainable sources of locally rooted LGBTQ funding that will increase the capacity of local community organizations making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ Southerners. The structure of the fund and resulting grant awards are based on the following guiding principles: 
  • Funding for the needs and dreams of LGBTQ communities in the South is best led by LGBTQ Southerners;
  • Building and organizing local communities of LGBTQ and allied donors is the most effective way to build sustainable resources for LGBTQ communities in the South; and
  • Advancing social change for LGBTQ communities in the South requires strong locally rooted community-based organizations with the capacity to advance cultural change, advocate for more equitable policies, and deliver effective services to improve the lives of LGBTQ Southerners.
Read details here
Regional News
What do you want to talk about at Funding Forward?
Submit a Session Proposal
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to announce that Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, March 30-April 1! The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts and maximize impact. Funders for LGBTQ Issues are currently accepting session ideas from funders and philanthropic organizations. Proposals will be reviewed by our member-based planning committee. If your proposal is selected, we will work closely with you to craft a session that fits in with the entire program. Foundations (and affinity groups) are strongly encouraged to partner with one another to pool creativity and expertise and share financial responsibilities of session sponsorship.
Submit proposal here
Apply here
Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference  
Are You Ready to Change The World?
Taking place on October 21 - 23, 2016 at The University of Tennessee College of Law 916 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37916. Learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators in the environmental community. The APIEL conference brings together hundreds of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and citizens in the interest of achieving environmental and social justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding areas. The conference features a series of workshops with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between grassroots organizations, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers. These workshops address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enhanced these issues.
Register here
8th annual Mildred Haun Conference: A
Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture
Call For Papers
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.

The 8th Annual Mildred Haun Conference invites papers that explore, but are not limited to, the following broad areas of interest:

1. Multiculturalism in Appalachia
2. Scholarship related to personal and cultural stories associated with Appalachia:
explorations of folk medicine, storytelling, history, or crafts, etc.
3. Treatment of stereotypes in Appalachian literature and popular culture.
4. Creative writing and publication; Art or music projects/presentations.
5. Research projects, papers, or panel discussions focused on activism in Appalachia.
6. Special consideration will be given to papers focusing on Mildred Haun or her work.
7. Special consideration will be given to papers focusing on the conference theme of the
Foodways of Appalachia (the intersection of food in the traditions, literature, scholarship,
and culture of Appalachia).
8. Special consideration will be given to papers focusing on Fred Sauceman or his work.

Abstracts (not exceeding 350 words) along with a brief narrative bio (not exceeding 150 words) should be sent to Abbey.Anderson@ws.edu before October 31, 2016.
Conference details and registration
Economic And Governance Curriculum
Training Of Trainers
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander is looking for teams of people who are interested in participating in and learning to facilitate a new version of Highlander’s Economic and Governance Curriculum.    They will be leading this training of trainers to help prepare people to run the sessions in communities. Participants will help facilitate their way through the curriculum, provide feedback along the way, and then take some time to practice facilitation. This Economics and Governance Training of Trainers will take place at the historic and beautiful Penn Center on Saint Helena’s Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina, from December 1-4.  The training will start with lunch on Thursday the 1st and end with lunch on Sunday, the 4th. 
Curriculum details and apply here
35th Annual Emory & Henry Literary Festival 
Appalachian Literature & the Natural World
The featured author of the 35th annual Literary Festival at Emory & Henry College is Jim Minick and the topic of discussion is Appalachian literature and the natural world.  Presenters include Darnell Arnoult, Charles Dodd White, Mark Powell, Rick Van Noy, Dana Wildsmith, Thorpe Moeckel, Kevin O'Donnell, Tom Hansell, Theresa Burriss, and Erica Abrams Locklear. Events will take place on October 27th and 28th and conclude with a screening of *After Coal, *which will include both an introduction by and a talk back with filmmaker Tom Hansell. All events are free and open to the public.

The Emory & Henry Literary Festival began in 1982 with a program devoted to Sherwood Anderson, who spent the final 15 years of his life in nearby Smyth County, Virginia. Since that inaugural occasion, the festival has honored a living writer with strong ties to the Appalachian region who comes to campus for a reading, a public interview, and a series of presentations about her/his work. Building on this tradition, the festival also includes a contextual emphasis of importance to the featured author’s work, bringing together scholars and writers on a specific topic.
Full schedule of times and locations
Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit
October 22, 2016
The Third annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016. One of the major goals of this conference is to create opportunities for connection; and, your participation helps to build a vibrant and diverse space where individuals can learn, grow, and get connected to important resources.
Get more details here
“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
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Office Manager 
This position will provide administrative support to Highlander’s Staff. This is a full time position. The Office Manager is a vital team member for both internal and external work at Highlander. While providing the internal administrative support that helps maintain well-functioning teams and organizational harmony, this position will also serve as the first point of contact for many of our guests, partner organizations, and potential visitors and workshop participants.

Founded in 1932, the Highlander Research and Education Center is a popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and the South to promote social, racial and economic justice. Highlander is located 25 miles northeast of Knoxville, TN on a 186 acre farm. Highlander’s program work takes place at Highlander and in local communities across the South, as well as the country and sometimes world. Highlander’s long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, on the changing demographics of our region. Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing and widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations.
Job announcement
Solar Co-Op Organizer
Community Power Network
The Community Power Network (CPN) is a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build, and promote locally based renewable energy projects and policies. Community Power Network is seeking a West Virginia SUN Co-op Coordinator to support our solar co-op work in West Virginia. The Coordinator will support the West Virginia SUN Program Director in implement solar co-op programs in West Virginia, as well as conduct extensive communications, outreach, press, and trainings around the solar co-op model, with the goal of scaling up their impact and reach. The Coordinator will also build out the online web infrastructure for the West Virginia SUN website, to provide in-depth information on solar basics, as well as serve as an invaluable resource and forum for policy discussions and citizen engagement.
See full job description here
Family Engagement Director
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is seeking a Family Engagement Director to direct their next major collaborative program, a coalition effort to increase parent and family leadership in public education, tentatively called the Our Schools, Our Future (OSOF) campaign. The OSOF Director’s main job will be to build this program from scratch, from the ground up. They are looking for someone with a founder’s mentality, who can be creative and responsible and multi-talented. The salary for this position ranges between $25 – 50,000, depending on experience, skills, and whether the candidate intends to take this on as full-time employment or a contract position.
Interested in applying learn more here
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Smart Growth Technical Assistance Programs
The EPA invites communities to apply for technical assistance through three programs that help create walkable, healthy, and vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods. 

  • Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. This initiative is supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional
  • Cool & Connected helps small towns use broadband service to revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development. The initiative is supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • Healthy Places for Healthy People is a new program to help communities partner with community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant places. The program is supported by EPA and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Under this program, communities will receive planning assistance to develop action plans focusing on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood  revitalization. Healthy Places for Healthy People will focus on communities that are economically challenged, including those in rural Appalachia.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 6, 2016.
Full details here
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
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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