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As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director
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Featured Story
Don Blankenship Guilty Verdict Shows That Illegal Coal Industry Norms Must Change
By appallaw 
The guilty verdict in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship should serve as a wake up call to the coal industry. 

A federal jury found Blankenship guilty of “conspiring with others between January 1st, 2008, and April 9th, 2010, to willfully violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards.” This is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. 

The jury heard about illegal activity such as falsifying underground dust samples, giving advanced warning before federal mine inspectors arrived in working areas of the mine, and failing to invest in equipment and improvements that would protect miners. 

One of Blankenship’s defenses was that because this behavior is widespread in the coal industry, he should not be individually punished. 

Dust fraud and other means of evading safety standards are prevalent in the coal industry. Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center regularly hears about the pressure that coal miners face to work in unsafe conditions when we represent mine-safety whistleblowers who have been retaliated against and miners disabled by black lung—a disease that should be eradicated if modern dust protection laws were respected. What stands out about the Blankenship trial was not the illegal acts in the mines, but the personal role of a CEO and the prosecution’s decision to pursue the case with vigor.

The jury was right to reject Blankenship’s “but everybody’s doing it” defense. The verdict should broadcast to coal industry management that business as usual must change—if the resurgence of black lung and horror of disasters such as Upper Big Branch does not wake them up, then perhaps criminal convictions will. The conviction of Blankenship is a start, but justice will not be complete until coal miners can work without fear of death, disease, or discrimination.
New From The Region
Registration Now Open! 
Join ROOTS in Florida, January 28-31, for ROOTS Weekend-Eatonville - the second of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South over the next three years. For this ROOTS Weekend, Alternate ROOTS is partnering with the annual ZORA! Festival, and programming will resonate with the art, anthropology, and legacy of Zora Neale Hurston.
ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week, the ROOTS signature gathering. This series of three-day convenings brings artists, activists, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. ROOTS Weekends deepen our collective understanding and analysis of the work of social change by lifting up the ways artists and cultural organizers are working with communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues.

One of the goals of the ROOTS Weekend Series is to strengthen our membership in specific regions across the South. With this goal in mind, preference will be given to those who live in Florida and the surrounding region including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.
For more information or to register click here
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues released a new report today entitled Out in the South, Part Three: Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the U.S. South LGBTQ Health (2015).
The report notes how diverse funders with varied grantmaking strategies might approach funding LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South.  Specifically, the report focuses on 8 key funding priorities and suggests: 
  • Funders interested in economic opportunity can strengthen the dozens of national and Southern organizations focused on poverty and the unique needs of LGBT communities to address the fact that across the South more than 50 percent of black children in gay same-sex households are living in poverty.

  • Funders interested in education can support the GSA networks in 12 of the 14 Southern states to reverse the trend where 8 in 10 Southern students regularly hear demeaning remarks regarding gender expression.

  • Funders interested in health can advance insurance coverage outreach to LGBT Southerners to help the 24 percent of LGBT Southerners who are uninsured.

  • Funders interested in ending HIV/AIDS can fund any one of the 37 HIV/AIDS organizations across the U.S. South with programs specifically targeting LGBT people to address Southern communities like Atlanta, where 6 in 10 Black gay men who become sexually active by 18 are HIV-positive by 30.

  • Funders interested in media, arts, and culture can support the more than 30 LGBT arts and culture organizations across the South to make sure LGBT communities aren't invisible, combat negative representations in the media, and lift up LGBT artists.
  • Funders interested in policy can help build the capacity of the more than 25 locally-rooted LGBT organizations advocating for LGBT equality in a region where no Southern state has statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, and public accommodation.

  • Funders interested in social justice can support intersectional coalitions in the South, where a third of LGBT organizations use a racial justice framework, to counter the fact that LGBT youth make up 7 percent of the population but account for 20 percent of the youth in the juvenile justice system.

  • Funders interested in youth can strengthen the more than 25 LGBT youth service organizations across the South to help address the fact that LGBT youth make up 7 percent of the population but account for upwards of 40 percent of the homeless youth population.
See detailed report here
University of Kentucky Appalachian Research Symposium
Call for Participation
Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines are invited to submit to the Seventh Annual UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. This year's theme is "Difference and Affinity: Representing Appalachia." The Symposium will be held March 5-6, 2016, at the University of Kentucky. The conference is FREE and they are hoping to expand participation including students from throughout the region and beyond. Abstracts are due Friday January 22nd. 
See call for participation here

The 21st Annual Rural Development Conference 
Registration Opens This Month! 
Register here
Visions of Appalachia
The annual Haun Conference in Morristown, TN, on February 5-6, 2016, will be, as always, free.  If you plan to come, please follow the link below, complete the registration form, and send it to Viki D. Rouse at Viki.Rouse@ws.edu. This will help with planning for space.  Guests who wish to purchase a Saturday lunch will need to get that information to Viki D. Rouse at Viki.Rouse@ws.edu. This year’s theme is Visions of Appalachia.  Ross Spears, noted documentary filmmaker, will be the keynote speaker. Also on the schedule is Grace Toney Edwards, Chris Pugh and the Appalkids, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, the High Lonesome Senate Bluegrass Band, and Linda Parsons Marion’s new play, Decoration Day, along with a host of other presenters.  Please come if you can.
See schedule and register here
New Market, TN (Focus on Youth): June, 23-26, 2016 
Over the next two years, Alternate ROOTS will be hosting a series of six ROOTS Weekends. Formerly called ROOTS Regional Gatherings, ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. The gatherings will be grounded in the work of ROOTS Partners In Action program, but it will not be the sole focus of the weekend. The intention of this project is to help artists gain a deeper analysis of the work going on within the region and to lift up the ways artists are working with local communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues. ROOTS Weekends will be documented so that the experience and learning can be shared far and wide, throughout ROOTS’ membership as well as the broader field. They are not only looking to attract ROOTS members to these gatherings, but also local artists, cultural organizers, and creatives, regional and national partners, peer organizations, and funders. So in putting this event together they will be inviting proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more!
Read more here
West Virginia
Proudly introducing the WV Physical Activity Network!
West Virginia Development HUB
You've probably heard that West Virginians don't move enough. From all the bad news, it sounds like we're not moving at all! But that's not true. There are many people in West Virginia who are active, and who are committed to providing opportunities for others to be active as well. The goal of the WV Physical Activity Network is to:
 - connect all those people
 - help them learn from each other
 - steal good ideas
 - run as a posse
 - sweat as a pack
 - and generally grow a culture of fun physical activity across the state!
Learn more about the WV Physical Activity Network here
ASA Conference Scholarship form
Now Available the ASA Website
The ASA provides scholarships to those unable to attend the annual conference due to financial reasons. They truly love funding people. It is part of their mission. In the past they have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Their funds are limited, so they continue to prioritize their scholarships according to those with the most need. This year they envision the same process.The deadline is February 18, 2016.
Complete scholarship form here
39th Annual ASA Conference
Appalachian Studies Association
"Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, A New Appalachia." That is the theme of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, March 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held high above the banks of the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on the campus of Shepherd University. Nestled but a stone’s throw from Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, Storer College, historic Martinsburg, and more, Shepherdstown is poised to offer attendees a unique experience that builds upon not only the cultural and historic richness of the area, but that of the Appalachian region itself. The Appalachian Studies Association prides itself on the inclusiveness and interdisciplinary content of its conferences and the 2016 theme allows for an in-depth look at the most pressing problems that face the region—issues that both unite and divide us.

Frank X Walker will deliver the conference keynote address on Friday, March 18 in the Shepherd University Frank Center Theater. Walker, a native Kentuckian and graduate of the University of Kentucky, holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University and was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 2013—the youngest and first African American to hold the position. Walker cofounded Message Theater and the Affrilachian Poets and was named one of "the most creative teachers in the South" by the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing. His creation of the word “Affrilachia” is included in the Oxford American Dictionary. Walker has lectured, conducted workshops, and read poetry at over 400 national conferences and universities across the globe. Walker’s keynote address, entitled “Escape from Negro Mountain: Writing History, Righting Wrongs,” will utilize stories and literature to shed light on the diversity of Appalachia. Frank X Walker will participate in a number of conference events in addition to the keynote. Special Plenary VII will feature Walker and the Affrilachian Poets in “Affrilachian Voices: A Reading by Affrilachian Poets.” Poets participating in the event alongside Walker include Kelly Norman Ellis, Ricardo Nazario y Colon, Bianca Spriggs, and others. The plenary session is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday in Shepherd University’s Erma Ora Byrd Hall.

Other special plenaries will feature the Cherokee voice of Lloyd Arneach, who will open the conference with a traditional Cherokee blessing and share stories from Appalachia’s indigenous peoples; the storytelling voice of West Virginia’s Adam Booth; reflections on folklore from John Lilly, former editor of Goldenseal magazine; the extraordinary vision of photographer Builder Levy; and finally the cultural and multicultural ethnographic intersections of Appalachian clogging and African-American dance as explored by dance scholars Matthew Olwell, Becky Hill, and Emily Oleson.
View conference details here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Program And Engagement Manager
Virginia Oral Health Coalition
The Virginia Oral Health Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals striving to improve the health and well being of all Virginians by ensuring oral health is part of comprehensive health care. The Coalition seeks a Program and Engagement Manager to oversee development and successful implementation of Coalition initiatives, including health care integration efforts and a state specific report card, while managing engagement efforts with new and existing community partners. 
Detailed job description here
What's a VISTA? 
If you're like most people, you've probably heard the term VISTA, but have never really been quite sure what it's about. Quite simply, VISTA are game-changers. They roll up their sleeves and do the hard work that needs to be done to help West Virginia's communities. They are leaders and they are workers. They are big ideas people. They build things that last.
The Hub Seeks a VISTA 
Apply if you have strong writing and research skills to help them explore community development successes in coal-impacted regions of WV. Must be an independent thinker with a passion for uncovering great stories. For more information, email Louise Henry at l.henry@wvhub.org

West Virginia is Looking For 3 VISTA to Start in February
They are looking for people with strong writing skills and social media savvy, who love to interact with people and don't mind working hard. Must have a passion for helping people live healthy lives. Video skills are a real plus. For more information email Stephen Smith at ssmith@wvhealthykids.org.
Find more VISTA opportunites here
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.
Executive Support Manager 
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize. The company works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song. 

The Executive Support Manager will provide high level support to the Executive/Artistic Director. Responsibilities include project management/coordination, a public facing external relations role and administrative duties. Keen organization skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are vital. The position will also include basic clerical duties such as meeting planning, report production, database management, and travel arrangements. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a creative, ensemble environment with a focus on mission-driven, community impact.
Read job description here
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for an East Kentucky Community Organizer position. This position will staff our local chapters in Harlan and Letcher counties in eastern Kentucky.  Applicants should have a good understanding of and commitment to community organizing and leadership development. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references.  Please include “East Kentucky Organizer” in the subject line when you submit your materials electronically.  Materials should be emailed to organizerhiring@kftc.org or mailed to KFTC, PO. Box 1450, London, KY, 40743.
Read job description here
Volunteer Opportunities 
Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee Applications
Applications Due January 30, 2016
The Highlander Center is looking for Southern and Appalachian youth, young adult and adult ally leaders to join the Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee, an intergenerational advisory committee to Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program. The Advisory Committee aims to increase the input and direction of youth and young adults in the Seeds of Fire programs and the overall intergenerational work of the Highlander Center. The Advisory Committee also serves as staff for at least one Seeds of Fire programmatic event, determines grantees for the Seeds of Fire Fund (as money permits), and develops leadership and organizational development skills for members. Advisory Committee members MUST be past participants of Seeds of Fire camp. For more information call or email Kierra Sims at 865-850-3333 or Kierra@highlandercenter.org.
Information about Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee here
WV Free
Volunteer Opportunities
What would WV Free do without wonderful volunteers? Volunteers help them get a lot accomplished in the office. Interested in Volunteering with WV FREE? They can always use an extra set of hands around the office or at events in the community! Let them know how you want to get involved below!
Get involved here
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Digital Archive Cataloging
Looking for a volunteer to help organize the digital files associated with the Birdhouse's history archiving project. Volunteer could work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques. The birdhouse is a community space located in a historic neighborhood center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Historic Sermon Transcription
Seeking a volunteer for transcribing hand-written sermons from Reverend Hargrave, a Black East Tennessee preacher who lived and worked in the area in the 1930's and 40's. Volunteer can work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques.

If interested contact William Isom at MelangeAppalachia@gmail.com
Funding Opportunities 
Applications now open for We Shall Overcome Fund!
Deadline: January 20, 2016
The We Shall Overcome Fund supports projects in the U.S. South that use arts, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic, and political justice to the benefit of African American communities. The fund was created to nurture grassroots efforts within southern  African American communities to use art and activism against injustice – because of the song’s history and use in the primarily southern-based struggle against racism and injustice, African American communities must benefit from Fund-supported projects.

The Highlander Center strongly encourage proposals from diverse racial and ethnic communities working in coalition to end racism, economic and environmental injustice, sexism and homophobia.
  • Requests are accepted from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,     Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,     Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Project funding not to exceed $2,000
  • To apply you must complete an application form and submit supporting documents
  • Application Deadline: January 20 2016

For more information, call Elizabeth Wright at 865-356-1655, or email wsoadmin@highlandercenter.org
See more information here
U.S. EPA FY16 ARC Grant Guidelines Released!
The U.S. EPA Brownfield Program promotes the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 brownfields. The ARC brownfield grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:
• Brownfields Assessment Grants: Each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years
• Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants: Each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years
• Brownfields Cleanup Grants: Each funded up to $200,000 over three years.
CLICK HERE to view the guidelines, and supplemental guidance documents.
Application Deadline: December 18, 2015

CCLR's ARC Grant Technical Assistance
As the EPA TAB provider for regions 2, 4, 9 & 10, The Center for Creative Land Recycling offers free grant review services to applicants of the ARC grants. If you are interested in having CCLR review your grant prior to submission, please contact Emma Leonard at emma.leonard@cclr.org or 415-398-1080 x100

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