Rest In Power
Iyalode Nkechi Kianga Ajanaku
cultural icon, priestess, activist, organizer

Director's Log: Star Date 95070.49

I recently attended the most beautiful Celebration of Life Ceremony. At the ceremony one of the people that spoke talked about how our dear friend had not died, they had transitioned. All of the work that she did and the folks that she has mentored along the way will continue on no matter what.

Sometimes some of us may want to stop, but the work must go on. Here’s a quick update on the work that’s going on inside ACF.

The Meet and Greet that many of you were invited to was canceled because it was in direct conflict with my friend’s memorial service. We apologize to those who did not get the cancelation email. We will reschedule so please stay tuned in.

Our board is preparing to make selections for the $30K for 30 years grants. We hope to have notifications sent out at the beginning of next week.

Please note that the regional Out in the South gathering has been postponed. You can read more about that in the following section.

Patricia Jones will be leaving ACF at the end of next month. She will be greatly missed. Belinda Burns has been hired on in a new and much needed position of director’s assistant. Even though she is my assistant, she will still be gathering stories for the enewsletter. So please make sure to send her your news.

Well, I don’t have a cute Star Trek comparison this month. I’ve been a little too occupied with everything else that I haven’t even watched it. So you will be spared my quirkiness until next month.

Until then, live long and prosper my dear social justice collective.

Peace, love, and justice,

Margo Miller
Executive Director​

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Out in the South Central Appalachia
Regional Gathering Postponed
Our space at East Tennessee State University has unexpectedly fallen through – which means we will need to postpone our Regional Gathering until September.

Fortunately, this will create an amazing opportunity to plan a longer gathering – possibly including events on Friday night and then all-day Saturday. With this new plan, we can all work together to coordinate transportation and housing; have a chance to transition from travel; provide longer periods of time for socializing; and be ready to roll up our sleeves on Saturday!

So keep an eye out for the updates, and when the time is firm and you hear from us – mark your calendars once again for the Out in the South Central Appalachia Regional Gathering!


Here is the video from our gathering at Highlander.
Regional News
Spread The Word. Send Your Thoughts. A New Collection Is Underway...
Collection of Personal Narratives
Spread the word. Send me your thoughts. A new collection is underway...
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic. 
Possible entry points: 
• intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation; 
• journeys in and out of Appalachia; 
• relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity; 
• relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
• impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation. 
Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at 
Brief abstracts due August 1, 2017.
The Liberation School 
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a nine month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a nine month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants described these experiences:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
Register for the gathering
Brushy Fork Annual Institute details
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
UALE Women's Summer Labor School
July 20-23 2017
Come join women from across the South and Appalachia, from labor unions and non-traditional worker organizing groups to develop leadership skills and share strategies to strengthen worker organizing. People of color, people with disabilities, non-union workers organizing for justice, lesbian/bisexual and/or transgendered people, younger and older workers, recent immigrants, people from all faith traditions and economic class backgrounds are welcome. In our diversity, we build solidarity as workers and union members. 
Register here
Narrow Ridge Summer Vision Fast
June 17 -25, 2017
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center in rural Grainger County, Tennessee, is offering a Vision Fast Program on June 17-25, 2017.  Participants in this program will experience two and a half days of preparation and training, three days and three nights of fasting alone on a mountain near Narrow Ridge Center, and two and a half days of processing including a sweat lodge ceremony.  Past participants have reported significant increases in clarity about life directions, decisions, and purpose, in addition to finding the experience profoundly restorative in terms of feelings of health and well-being.  Wilderness fasts have been part of the rites of passage of many different cultures since time immemorial. 
Read more
2017 Child Care & Development Conference
Calling all Presenters & Exhibitors!
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc’s 21st Annual Child Care & Development Conference located in the core of downtown Knoxville, TN, on August 26th, 2017. As food program specialists, they currently serve over 12,500 children across the state of Tennessee. They strive to promote a taste for nutrition and healthful choices that will improve the lives of children and enhancing the future of the community. They expect to attract over 300 visitors gathering for one common goal: enriching the lives of the children in our community.
Conference details
West Virginia
What Now For Hubapalooza? With a Little Imagination, We Think Anything Is Possible
Join the Hubapalooza Advisory Team
Hubapalooza, the regular gathering of community development folks, needs a little shake up. So, in 2017, they’re taking Hubapalooza back into the garage. They’re going to get under the hood, break this machine down, and see what new and improved beast they can rebuild in its place. Want to help design Hubapalooza 2018? Then you’re just who they need on their Hubapalooza Advisory Team.
Interested read more
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia


Highlander Seeks Bookkeeper

This position will provide bookkeeping support to Highlander’s Staff. This is a full time position.

The Bookkeeper is a vital team member for accounting and technology work at Highlander. While providing the bookkeeping support that helps maintain well-functioning teams and organizational harmony, this position will also keep up Highlander up to date with the latest technology and also play a role in technology support for staff.
For More Information

    Office Manager
    Appalachian Studies Association
    This position will regularly work 37-1/2 hours per week. The ASA Office Manager holds a multifaceted position at the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA). The Office Manager oversees a number of key processes that directly affect the publication of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, the annual conference, and daily office operations at the ASA headquarters. The ASA Office Manager collaborates with editors and production staff to ensure production of the journal remains on schedule, manages online submission and review portal, calculates page counts, keeps publication schedule, handles consent forms and permissions and makes sure file types and dimensions are correct, and sends files to the publisher. Is responsible for organizing office practices and procedures, including but not limited to the following: preparing payroll, requisitions, and encumbrances, creating and maintaining filing systems, generating annual reports, and maintaining and distributing the ASA Handbook for officers and chairs.
    Full job description
    VISTA Opportunities To Help Towns Rebound From The Flood
    In Southern West Virginia
    Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National & Community Service is sponsoring a VISTA project designed to help individuals, families, and communities recover from the recent devastating floods that hit the region in June 2016.
    Positions are available in Kanawha, Nicholas and Clay counties. Selected VISTA will be assigned to a local Long Term Recovery Committee.

    These activities will include:
    • Volunteer recruitment and management.
    • Community Connecting/Liaison Activities: education and outreach work to integrate community volunteerism into recovery programs long term, building relationships with partners who can mobilize unaffiliated volunteer resources.
    • Linking citizen volunteer teams to agencies that can utilize those teams.
    • Documentation of community best practices, in order to build a disaster spontaneous/unaffiliated volunteer coordination playbook, in case this happens again.
    • Documentation of volunteerism during the WV Flood Response in audio visual format.
    • The AmeriCorps VISTA program, also referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps,” is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
    Read more here
    Appalachian Studies Instructor
    Virginia Tech
    The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech invites applications for a one-year position as a full time instructor in Appalachian studies beginning fall 2017. The teaching load is four undergraduate courses per semester. The department’s Appalachian studies program supports an active cohort of Appalachian studies minors as well as a number of Appalachia-focused students in our Religion and Culture major. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in, or ABD status in, a humanities or social sciences field or discipline by August 2017, with Appalachian studies as a primary area of specialization in the dissertation project. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to a program of research and/or engagement in Appalachian studies and a record of successful teaching. They invite applications that attest to the candidate’s ability to teach “Introduction to Appalachian Studies” (40 students per class) as an interdisciplinary humanities course to students from across all colleges of Virginia Tech. The successful candidate may be invited to teach one additional Appalachian studies course in the instructor’s particular area of expertise.
    Full job description
    Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
    Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Rural Cooperative Development Grant, Department of Agriculture
    Applications close June 30, 2017.
    Award Ceiling: $200,000
    The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. 

    Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation, National Park Service
    Applications close: June 30, 2017
    Funding amount: The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. Our national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.
    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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