August 2012
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

ACF Technical Assistance Funds Available

Learn to Increase Your Personal and Community Capacity at Brushy Fork

Technical assistance funds are available to organizations who want to send two participants to attend the Train the Trainer - The Brushy Fork Leadership Curriculum track, September 11-14 in Berea, KY. Every community needs a way to continually build the pool of engaged leaders. Brushy Fork has created a new leadership curriculum that draws on more than twenty years of experience in Appalachian communities. Designed to be run by local volunteers, the curriculum uses videos, Power Point presentations and materials developed by Brushy Fork. Detailed instructions guide the local coordinators who will run the program. In this track, you will learn everything you need to know to organize your local program and conduct the workshops. Click here for more information and check out the video below.

Contact Margo Miller at Margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org for more information or if you want to apply for a technical assistance grant.

Brushy Fork Annual Institute 2012: Train the Trainer - Peter Hille
Brushy Fork Annual Institute 2012: Train the Trainer - Peter Hille

Please Save the Date

October 6, 2012, South West Virginia

to join ACF as we honor Steven L. Fisher

with an Appalachian Heroes Award

Invitation and details to follow

Funding Opportunity: ACF Announces New RFP Process

Are You Working for Social Change in Central Appalachia?

You May Be Eligible to Apply for Funding

This funding cycle ACF will implement a new grantmaking process for fiscal year 2013-2013 in all categories, which includes the letter of intent to apply for grants from the general fund. This new process will enable ACF staff and grantees to spend less time with the application process. This year, to initiate the process for the general fund application, you must first submit a letter of inquiry. The letters will be reviewed by the board of directors. Groups that meet the criteria will be invited to submit a full application. Notification will be sent out at the end of September. Proposals submitted without an approved LOI will not be considered for funding.


  • Letter Of Inquiry: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
  • Request for full proposals: End of September
  • Applications: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5pm EST.

The preferred method of receiving applications is via email, but you may type them on the forms and mail them into the office. To submit via email, please download the Microsoft Word version of the forms from the website, fill them out using a word program, save them and return. Convert your work to PDF files to make them smaller and easier to email. Please contact us at 865-523-5783 with questions or concerns.

News From the Region
Want to Learn More About Social Change Work in Appalachia?
Follow the Links Below to Read About Appalachia's Journey to Justice

Grant Opportunity for Child Health

Deadline to Apply is August 20, 2012

The purpose of the "Mini-grant" program of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) is to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Individuals affiliated with community-based organizations, public or private institutions, units of local or state government, or tribal government throughout the United States are eligible to apply for funds. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with NIOSH Agricultural Research Centers or Universities on project design and evaluation. Priority will be given to organizations and junior faculty who are building their capacity in childhood agricultural health and safety, and those that generate new partnerships. Please click here for more information.

National Immigrant Integration Conference

September 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) programed The National Immigrant Integration Conference to engage bipartisan experts and organizations in the immigrant and refugee policy, advocacy, government, research and social service arena to discuss innovative and effective ways to expand and improve integration for immigrants and refugees on a local and national level. This year's conference will be held at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland from September 22-25, 2012. We expect that the 2012 conference will draw between 800-1000 participants, and will deepen the understanding and strategic thinking about what constitutes immigrant integration and how we move forward integration nationally and across many different states and cities nationwide. This conference is the signature event of the NPNA, a partnership of twelve immigrant rights coalitions from across the country. Please click here for more information.

New Study Confirms Surface Mining Damages Streams

Click Here to Read the Full Study

A study by researchers from Baylor and Duke Universities in partnership with Skytruth shows how toxins from mining have negatively affected streams in Southern West Virginia. The article was recently published by the journal of Environmental Science and Technology. "It's important to recognize that surface coal mining pollution doesn't stop at mine-permit boundaries," said Brian D. Lutz, a postdoctoral associate from Duke University. "Our analysis suggests that mining only five percent of the land surface is degrading between 22 percent and 32 percent of the region's rivers," he said. Other findings include:

  • 1,700 miles of stream in Southern WV are negatively affected by mining pollution
  • Streams show substantial decline in insect diversity, an indicator of stream health
  • 22% of the streams surveyed could meet criteria for being impaired and would require rehabilitation

Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Registration Now Open

APIEL brings together activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens working for environmental justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding states. The conference features a series of workshops and dialogues led by activists, lawyers and scientists with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between the grassroots, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers. Workshops address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enabled these issues to occur. Join us at the University of Tennessee College of Law October 26-28, 2012. Click here to read more.

Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains.org - HQ version

Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains.org

Watch This Introduction Into Understanding Mountaintop Removal

More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video about mountaintop removal, including excerpts from the documentary Kilowatt Ours, featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. Special thanks to the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Featured in this video are both their community organizer, Maria Gunnoe, and the Funeral for the Mountains, which they organized with the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. Additional thanks to Jeff Barrie for donating footage from his documentary Kilowatt Ours.

New Online Marketplace for Appalachian Entrepreneurs

Shop to Support Locally-Controlled Economy

Check out Mountainhugger.com, a new online marketplace for small businesses based in Appalachia, where doing business is doing good. Mountainhugger.com vendors seek to support themselves in ways that sustain healthy lives for themselves and their families, healthy local communities, and healthy regional ecosystems. Vendors will offer a wide variety of products and services, including but not limited to traditional Appalachian craft work. Each vendor will have an individual "store" on the site with its own cash register. Vendor fees will be low enough for even very small businesses, and vendors will benefit from marketing for the site. If you'd like more information, want an email announcement when the marketplace is up and running in September, or think you might want to become a Mountainhugger.com vendor, please email tricia@mountainhugger.com.

Still: The Journal Publishes 9th Issue and Invites Contest Submissions

Click Here to Visit the Website

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the publication of Issue 9 of the online literary journal devoted to contemporary literature of the Appalachian South. Still features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, photography, and multimedia. Editors invite writers to enter Still's Third Annual Literary Contests in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Complete guidelines are available online. Deadline is August 31, 2012. Judges are Charles Dodd White (fiction), Jesse Graves (poetry) and Joyce Dyer (nonfiction). Still: The Journal welcomes submissions during the annual reading period (December 1-31 of each year). For more information contact:

Silas House, Fiction Editor: fiction@stilljournal.net

Jason Howard, Nonfiction Editor: nonfiction@stilljournal.net

Marianne Worthington, Poetry Editor: poetry@stilljournal.net

Festival Fun + Helping Appalachian Voices = Summer Must Do

Sustainable Event Supports Regional Non-profit

Music on the Mountaintop is fun; plain and simple. Nestled at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, MOTM offers large scale festival feel with an intimate experience. Built upon sustainable and green practices, MOTM sets itself apart by its efforts to bring great music to Boone and to limit its environmental footprint. If you've ever found yourself sitting in your hot, muggy cubical at work day dreaming of beautiful mountain air, breathtaking sceneries, and great people, then Music on the Mountain is the place for you. The event will take place August 24-26. Click here for more information about Music on the Mountain and here for more information about Appalachian Voices.

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Appalshop Seeks Experienced Temporary Bookkeeper

Two-Week Position Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky

The Trustees for Appalshop, Inc., a non-profit arts and education center located in Whitesburg, KY, invite applications for an experienced bookkeeper for short-term contract work reviewing, analyzing and preparing an Excel summary of financial records for a seven year-period. Office space will be provided at Appalshop. To apply, submit a one-page letter with qualifications and availability no later than Tuesday, August 21st, by email to Judi Jennings (click for email). Must be available from August 27th through September 11th. The pay rate is $20 to $25 per hour depending on qualifications. Hiring decision will be made no later than August 23rd.

MACED Accepting Applications for Multiple Opportunities

Click Here to Visit MACED's Website

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is a 36 year-old multi-strategy sustainable economic development organization that seeks to create economic alternatives that work for people and places in need in Central Appalachia and Kentucky. MACED's long-term goals are a strong and diverse economy; increased family well-being, particularly for low-income people; healthy and protected land, air and water; and an effective and accountable democracy. MACED is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Energy intern - Click here to read the full job description.
  • Human resources and compliance coordinator - Click here for the full job description.

ASALogoAppalachian Studies Association Seeks Website Manager

Please click here to read the full job description

The Appalachian Studies Association(ASA) is seeking a part-time/as needed website manager. The website manager duties focus on maintaining an up-to-date and well designed website for the ASA. The website manager provides website maintenance and design, is proactive in keeping the website up-to-date and relevant, and responds to the requests of ASA website designees. The ASA prefers someone with knowledge of the Appalachian region and experience in Appalachian Studies so that they are able to detect topic-related

problems on the website.

SOCM Needs Community Organizer with Environmental Focus

Energy, Ecology and Environmental Justice

SOCM is a member-led organization that works to give citizens in Tennessee a voice in determining their future. SOCM encourages civic involvement and collective action in an effort to empower citizens. Please click here to read the job description or to apply.

Highlander Research and Education Center Accepting Applications
Opening for Development Team Member

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. Highlander is currently looking for a development team member to work with the Executive Director and other team members on a multi-level fundraising plan. Click here to view the job description.


Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006) -- 3 minute sample

Story of Local Woman Shines in "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot"

Documentary Honors Legacy, Builds Community

Please join filmmaker Mimi Pickering and Braden friends and colleagues for the Louisville premiere of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot on Sunday Aug 26. The film is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader and Louisville native. Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice. Come out on Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Click here for more information.

Take Action, Show Support for Clean Energy

University of Kentucky Rally Planned

Join concerned citizens in a rally for clean energy! University of Kentucky Rally for a Clean Energy Future will take place on Wednesday September 5, at noon. Come to the new Wildcat Coal Lodge, corner of Euclid and Maxwell in Lexington. Click here for more information.

Appalachian Kentucky and the Coal Severance Tax

Now Is the Time - Reprinted from MACED Newsletter

Recent layoffs in the coal industry do not bode well for the economy of eastern Kentucky. They represent real challenges for miners and their families. Unfortunately, these challenges are not new. The reality is that these layoffs are part of a broader downward trend in coal employment in the state and region. In the early 1980's coal employment statewide was 40,000 jobs; in the 1990's it was closer to 25,000; and by 2010 employment was approximately 17,000. Most of those jobs losses were in eastern Kentucky.

Today this employment trend is made more difficult because of recent federal projections regarding the decline of coal production. Forecasts by the Energy Information Administration predict eastern Kentucky coal production could decline 70 percent by the end of the decade.

The coal industry is undergoing a significant transition that will have major impacts on people, communities and the state as a whole. While there will be disagreement about how fast this transition is happening and what its impacts will be, serious work needs to occur to address these challenges.

What is clear is that the region needs a long-term approach to transitioning the economy. MACED and the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy recently released a report about using coal severance tax funds to create a permanent endowment for economic transition in the region. Please click here to read the rest of the article or here to read the report.

Appalachian Youth Make Movies, Now Available Online

Click Here to Watch the Films

The 2012 Appalachian Media Institute's (AMI) Summer Documentary Institute ended on Friday, July 27th, where we held our official screening of the following works at the Appalshop Theatre, in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. We had a very exciting program this year with yet another group of exceptional young people from the mountains, each bringing their own unique vision and understanding of both the region itself, and the issues that concern it. This summer is of particular importance, as it marks 25 Years of AMI - which we will no doubt expand on in the coming weeks. For seven grueling weeks, these young people learned from top-to-bottom the process of documentary film, with assistance from both AMI and Appalshop staff - from the technical (camera/audio techniques), to networking and performing interviews, to the actual process of editing and story-building. After learning these basics, interns select their topics of interest, break into teams, and spend the next three weeks running a self-initiated workflow plan to finally produce their end-product.


Your Action Is Needed! Knoxville United Against Racism

March Against Racial Profiling and Family Separation from Deportations

Come to Krutch Park downtown on Tuesday, August 28th at 6pm to stand up for immigrant rights, for equality, and to say no to racial profiling and anti-immigrant policy that separates families. We will march together to show our unity as a beautiful, diverse community committed to racial, economic, and gender justice. The Knoxville sheriff is implementing a policy called 287(g) that targets Latino/Brown people and increases the number of deportations of undocumented people who are part of Knoxville's community. This is an outrage that we will not stand for. We are united for justice, not divided by racism. Please spread the word far and wide to your friends, family, churches, religious groups, student and social justice groups, LGBTQ groups, and all others who are united against racism and for a multiracial democratic society that values the worth and dignity of all people. Please bring signs, banners, and your passion for justice.

Please plan to attend the Non-Violent Direct Action Training in Preparation for Immigrant Rights March and Rally on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Unite Here! Building (1124 N. Broadway 1124 North Broadway St. NE Knoxville, TN). Knoxville Activist Collective will host a Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training as we prepare to place public pressure on the Knox County Sheriff as part of an ongoing struggle in Tennessee for equal access for immigrant families and to put an end to divisive and exclusionary laws and practices that hurt public safety, create fear and distrust.

Click here and here for more information.

Activists Enter Y-12 to Protest Nuclear Proliferation

Swords Into Ploughshares, Spears Into Pruning Hooks

On July 29, 2012 Michael R. Walli, Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed (of Transform Now Ploughshares) secretly entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, TN. The group performed a disarmament action to protest the government's plan to invest $80 billion dollars to sustain and modernize the facility. The three have a court date for October 9. As of August 7, Mr. Boertje-Obed was still in custody. Secretary of Energy Steve Chu claimed in a statement on August 4 that security " . . . is of the utmost importance . . . This incident was not consistent with the level of professionalism and expertise we expect from our guard force." Y-12 has responded by temporarily shutting down operations, firing and reassigning staff, and requiring staff to undergo additional security training. Peter Stockton, a nuclear security expert who works for the watch-dog group Project on Government Oversight, said the significance of this security breach cannot be overstated. Stockton says "They're supposed to be able to repel approximately a dozen well-trained terrorists, heavily-armed with inside knowledge . . . and they had trouble with a nun." Stockton also shared that this is not the first time Wackenhut (a subsidiary of G4S) has been under scrutiny for its contracts guarding nuclear facilities. In 2007, security guards at a Pennsylvania plant were caught napping on the job, costing G4S (the company contracted to provide security for Y-12) that contract. G4S has a troubled history in the United States and abroad, the security breach at Y-12 coincided with news that the company couldn't adequately staff the Olympics in London and a G4S guard was recently charged with perpetrating a bomb hoax. Transform Now Ploughshares shared an indictment of the US's continued proliferation of nuclear weapons, click here to read that indictment. Please follow the links below for more information.

SOCM Knoxville Chapter Meeting

Partner with Concerned Citizens in East Tennessee

Come out on Monday, August 27, for Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment's Knoxville Chapter meeting. The meeting will begin at 6pm and will conclude at 8pm. The meeting will be held at Morningside Community Center, 1617 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN. Please contact Katie Greer for more information, katie@socm.org.

Help Celebrate Highlander's 80th Anniversary

Come for Learning, Celebrating, and Network Building

Join friends and allies of the Highlander Research and Education Center's 80th anniversary. Events will include institutes, children's program, scrumptious and locally-sources meals, dancing under the stars, issue round-tables, author/activist discussions, movies and a groundbreaking for a new lodge for guests of the Center. Check out these cool institutes being offered:

  • "80 on 80" - Enjoy an intergenerational interview with two movement icons, Vincent Harding and Helen Lewis.
  • Popular Education for Popular Economics - Explore what popular education is, how it's being used in current organizing work around sustainable economies, and ways to incorporate it into your work.
  • Participatory Action Research - Learn about Participatory Research, explore what it is, how it's being used in current organizing work and how to incorporate it into your work.
  • Cultural Organizing (limited to 40pp) - Explore what cultural organizing is, how it's being used in current organizing work and how to incorporate it into your work.
  • Language Justice - What is language justice? Discuss what it is, what is being done now and how to implement it into your work.
  • Strategy Learning Exchange, Wellness and Transformation - Explore wellness and transformation as a cultural organizing strategy.

Groundbreaking Scheduled for High Knob Tower

Come for Food and Fellowship

The High Knob Tower was burned by arson in 2007. The tower is finally being rebuilt. Join the community in a groundbreaking for a new tower on Tuesday, August 28 at 11:00am. Lunch will follow the groundbreaking. Please RSVP to 276-395-6517 or Knob.Tower@gmail.com.

ODEC Puts Coal Plant on Ice

Reprinted from Appalachian Voices' Press Release

Dendron, Va. - On behalf of thousands of Virginians who opposed plans for what would have been one of the state's biggest polluting power plants, the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition today rejoiced at news that Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is suspending plans for its proposed coal plant in Hampton Roads. Coalition member groups said they hope to work with ODEC to implement programs and projects that provide cleaner, more affordable and climate-friendly sources of energy for its customers, but pledged to keep a close eye on the utility to ensure it does not revive the coal plant idea in the future. Click here to read more.

Input Needed for Virginia Rural Health Plan

Conference to Follow in October

"You might be rural if..." sounds like the set-up for a joke. But the public health issues facing rural Virginia are no joke. Help the Virginia Public Health Association and the Virginia Rural Health Association identify and prioritize the most relevant issues by participating in our brief survey. The data will be used to inform the discussions at the October 8 -9 Virginia Rural Health Action Conference in Charlottesville. We want to hear from everyone with a stake in the health of rural Virginia: we want to hear from YOU! Your input is highly valued and will help the conference participants identify the priority items for the updated Rural Health Plan. Click here to participate in the survey.

West Virginia

OVEC and Others Sponsor Water Conference

Mark Your Calendars for West Virginia in September

Join concerned citizens on September 8th for the Wellness and Water: Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction conference. Sponsors of the event include Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the WV Highlands Conservancy and the WV Sierra Club. Join us at the Morgantown First Presbyterian Church at 8am (for registration, the keynote starts at 9am). The keynote speaker is Wilma Subra. The Conference will include workshops and panels with impacted residents and experts, including Dr. Ben Stout and Dr. Michael Hendryx. Closing reception at 1 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Contact Robin atrobin@ohvec.org or call the OVEC office at 304-522-0246 for more information. Click here for a flier with more information.

Wilma Subra - Human Health, Exposure from the Development of Shale Gas Plays
Wilma Subra - Human Health, Exposure from the Development of Shale Gas Plays

Hearing on West Virginia's State Energy Plan

Find and Attend a Hearing Near You

Come out to see the draft final of the latest State Energy Plan. You can view the current plan by clicking here. Public hearings will be held in September.

  • August 22 - 10am: This meeting will reveal the draft final. It is a Public Energy Authority meeting to be held in the Governor's Press Conference Room inside the Secretary of State's Office at the WV State Capital Building (1900 Kanawha Blvd., East Charleston, WV).
  • September 5 - 9:30am: Public hearing on the plan will be held in Huntington at the Big Sandy Arena
  • September 6 - 9:30am: Public hearing on the plan will be held at the Erikson Alumni Center on the WVA Evansdale Campus in Morgantown, WV
  • September 7 - 9:30am: Public hearing on the plan will be held in Martinsburg at a location to be determined.
About Us


To get involved contact Margo Miller via

email margo@appalachiancommunityfund.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!

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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