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March Grantee Highlight
Liberation School​​​​​​​
The Liberation School emerged to strengthen the resiliency and support the leadership of a rural and urban multiracial, intergenerational cohort of changemakers who are key to impacting positive social, environmental and economic changes needed in their Southern and Appalachian communities.
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Out in the South Central Appalachia
Meet The Grantmakers United For Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Development Fellows! 

If you want to know who are some of the best-and-brightest, up-and-coming trans leaders in LGBTQ philanthropy, look no further than our inaugural cohort of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Development Fellows!

Created to respond to the urgent unmet need for leadership development and support for trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary staff in philanthropy, GUTC’s Leadership Development Fellowship will provide ongoing support, peer networking, and professional development to its fellows over a 12-month period, beginning in April 2018.
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Regional News
An Evening With Nikki Giovanni

Widely acclaimed poet and Knoxville native Nikki Giovanni will present the 
2018 Wilma Dykeman Stokely
Memorial Lecture
Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
Bijou Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to ensure the availability of seats.

Copies of Giovanni’s books may be purchased at the event.
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9th Annual Gathering
Strong Roots, New Branches: Transition in Action

April 24 – 26, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville
849 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY

This annual meeting is a space for learning and analysis, where members build trust and relationships, expand their connections, develop lasting partnerships, and align their investment strategies to accelerate large scale change across Central Appalachia.

The main day of the Gathering will offer the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning journeys in the heart of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia coal country. Here we’ll see examples of asset-based economic development across fields of technology, health care, arts, agriculture, energy & natural resources, all in some of the hardest hit areas of the country.

Registration deadlines:
Regular – March 30, 2018
Late – April 18, 2018
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Lunch and Community Conversation with the Poor People's Campaign
Thursday, March 29 at 12 PM - 4 PM
Benham Schoolhouse Inn
100 Central Ave, Benham, Kentucky 40807

Rev. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Liz Theoharis are planning a visit to Harlan County as part of a national listening tour by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. 
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Making Social Media That Matters Camp

Tuesday, April 3 – Thursday, April 5
10 am – 3 pm
318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
(inside Central Presbyterian Church)

This three-day PeaceCasters camp is for people age 12-17 who want to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all social media to create positive change and affect their world (and maybe make some memes while they’re at it). Our focus will be on building communication skills and best practices for a social media lifestyle. It will be designed and presented by other young people and is all 100% hands-on.
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Sixth Annual Every Kid Health
 Week: April 23-27, 2018

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health-focused. Keep reading to learn how to host an event!

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Please join us for a delicious breakfast of molletes! Learn about the work Centro Hispano is doing in the community and the exciting projects in the works, and hear about ways that you, your family, and your organization can join and support us as we make Knoxville an even more welcoming community.
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Cattywampus Puppets
We here at Cattywampus Puppets are busy gearing up for this year's second annual Appalachian Puppet Pageant and wanted to let you know about a couple of the community workshops we just opened up registration for. These Giant Puppet Making 101 workshops are designed for teachers, community leaders, and any other individuals ages 15 & up who would like learn how to design and create giant puppets and other parade art for this spring's parade. Registration just opened today for our first two dates: Sunday, March 25th & Thursday, April 5th. Tickets are sliding scale ($5-$30) and scholarships are available as well. Here are the direct links to the Eventbrite registration pages for each workshop:

Sunday, March 25th, 2-4:30pm @ Cattywampus Studio (The Emporium Center)

Thursday, April 5th, 5:30-8pm @ The Muse Museum

For those of you who didn't participate last year, the Appalachian Puppet Pageant is a community arts giant puppet parade that strives to bring together community members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate and share their stories through the visual and performing arts.  All details are available on our website:

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This intensive 3.5 day course will equip professionals with the knowledge, skills, and
comfort needed to empower students and clients in informed sexual health decision making. Utlizing hands-on practical experience, discussion, and topical lecture, participants will leave equipped to address tough sexual health topics.

                                                      Dates & Location*:
                                                          April 5th, 6th, & 12th
                                                                April 13th

Saturday, April 14th, 2018
from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Bearden Banquet Hall
5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
$35 per person/$65 per couple/$275 per Table
Silent Auction, Live Music and Cash Bar start at 6:00 pm
Dinner, Live Auction and Awards Celebration at 7:00 pm

Purchase Tickets Here
A Climate Conversation
Monday, April 23 at 7 PM - 9 PM
100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

States, local governments, businesses and individual citizens are the new face of American Leadership on climate change as a result of the Federal government's announced departure from the Paris Agreement.
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Save the Date! Grassroots Gathering:
September 28-30, 2018
Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield, VA

West Virginia
World Water Day - Water Celebration and Film
Thursday at 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The event will start at Harris Riverfront Park with a Water Celebration, and then will continue at the OVEC Headquarters at 725 14h St. West with a movie screening of ‘What Lies Upstream’.

See the trailor for the film here

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Community Organizing Summit, hosted by:
Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG)

What: Community Organizing Summit, hosted by the AGWG
Where: Jackson’s Mill, 160 WVU Jackson Mill, Weston, WV
When: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8

We want to help you take action against extraction.

The Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) invites grassroots groups, organizations, activists, and socially conscious folks who are interested in learning the basic tools of grassroots movement building to better their communities in any way, especially those who want to resist the growing threat of oil and gas extraction, to attend our Community Organizing Summit, April 6-8,in Weston, WV.

The goal of the Community Organizing Summit is to empower and strengthen grassroots activism with leadership training, coalition building, and outreach. The Summit will also provide opportunities for in depth learning on select topics.
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New Interest in HIV Prevention for Vulnerable Communities after Years of Defunding

Loud dance music pours out of a historic church in downtown Bluefield, West Virginia, around 7 on a Friday evening. About 30 people are eating barbeque, beans and chicken at a newly formed support group for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer people. 

As the guests grab their food and have a seat, Darryl Cannady stands inside the echoey church talk. He isn’t a preacher; he’s the executive director of a non-profit called South Central Educational Development, which has its headquarters inside this old church building. Tonight’s event is aimed at adults, though there is one high school student in attendance. 
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Opportunities In Central Appalachia

New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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Recognizing both the powerful, creative acts of resistance and the real threats facing our communities, Highlander is hosting its second Rage, Hope and Community organizing workshop May 31-June 3, 2018. We know that together we can share ideas, strategy, and hope to strengthen people's work back home and on the front lines of movement struggle. This training is open to both new organizers and those who've been organizing longer term. Space is limited, so apply to participate today!

Some topics include:

  • Outreach & Base-building
  • Analysis & Strategy
  • Campaigns & Tactics
  • Youth organizing & Intergenerational work 

Plus so much more!
Apply Today
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