Reflecting on the recent racially charged and hate-filled terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, I’m saddened and I grieve for the loss of life and injuries. I grieve when I see the rise of racism and hate across our country. Part of ACF's vision is to work for a day where all children grow up free from hatred and violence and where justice overcomes oppression in any form. These events definitely let us know that we still have lots of work to do.

Martin Luther King said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Let’s continue to organize around peace and remember what we are working for on our Journey Toward Justice.  Take time. Allow yourself the space to heal. Take care of each other. Find ways of surrounding yourself with peace, love and light. Be strong y’all!.

Director's Log: Star Date 95232.23

One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek was the final episode of Star Trek Voyager when Jean-Luc joined his crew in a game of poker. It takes more than a strong ship and good captain to make a mission successful -- it takes all of the above and a crew who work well together. One thing I take pride in here at ACF is the working relationships of our staff. Last month we said farewell to Patricia Jones, our social media maven and development assistant who worked as part of our crew for over four years. We then welcomed Belinda Burns to our crew as the director’s assistant. One of Belinda’s first assignments was to interview our office manager, Kathy Johnson, now our longest serving crew member, who celebrated her 11th work anniversary a month ago. You can read an excerpt from that interview below. The ACF crew is strong together and makes this difficult work we face a lot more bearable. Thank you DIVAs!

I am happy to announce the 31 grantees of our $30K for 30 Years Anniversary Grants! It took a little longer than we wanted, but you can find a full listing of the grantees along with other 2017 grantees by following this link.

Please take the time to check out all the other exciting things we have in the works below under Inside ACF and Out in the South Central Appalachia.

Well, that's all until next month. Remember to be strong and live long and prosper my dear social justice collective. Margo signing off for now

Peace, love, and justice,

Margo Miller
Executive Director​

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Inside ACF
Anniversary Recognition and Special Shout-Out

Kathy Johnson

Interview by: Belinda Burns

Belinda: How long have you been with ACF?

Kathy: 11 Years.

Belinda: How did you start out with the organization?

Kathy: I started out by asking friends if they knew of any employment opportunities and a

friend of mine, a law professor named Helen de Haven forwarded an email. I thought it was a good match because I have been an environmentalist my whole life, and I have been interested in justice issues because it was a part of my upbringing. I have been involved in various activist groups since I was 17 years young.

Belinda: What’s your biggest challenge in this role?

Having to tell good people that are doing good work that what they’re doing, according to our criteria, is not social change work.

Belinda: Do you a most favorable or memorable moment with ACF that you like sharing with others?
Kathy: Yes. There was once a time when all grant proposals were done via paper and not via email. Dozens of people would come to the office in person to deliver their applications on time, and it would be like a party that lasted all day long.

Belinda:  What do you enjoy the most about the job?

Kathy: Writing grant checks!


Click here, if you want to see a list of those grantees that have received funding this year.


Fire Is Your Water

Please join ACF as we welcome Jim Minick to a book signing for his first novel, Fire Is Your Water, at Union Ave Books in Knoxville on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m.  Jim, an acclaimed memoirist, graciously offered to make his Knoxville visit a fundraiser for ACF.  Union Ave Books with equal graciousness has agreed to donate 20 percent of that afternoon’s sales to ACF. 

Fire Is Your Water is “…[b]uilt on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, it never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions, until a tragic accident brings them together in a deeper connection.”  (from the jacket copy)

Save the date, October 15th, at Union Ave Books.  We hope to see all ACF booklovers there!

Out in the South Central Appalachia

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A great big THANK YOU to all our donors who signed up last summer to support the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) just by shopping at Kroger.  Kroger has let us know that shoppers will need to re-enroll in order to their Kroger Community Rewards ® coming to ACF.  

If you want to begin directing your Kroger Community Rewards to ACF, now’s a great time for you to start.  It's easy.  To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! 
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Regional News
 Solar Eclipse of 2017

On Aug. 21st, 2017, the United States will witness a solar eclipse. While solar eclipses aren’t uncommon, this one is significant. Why? Not only is it a total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will completely block the sun from Earth, but it’s also visible from the continental United States - and the path of totality stretches from coast to coast! Many eclipses are only visible from remote parts of our planet, such as Antarctica or the middle of an ocean.

It’s been 38 years since a total eclipse was visible from the continental United States - and even then it was visible only in the U.S. Northwest & Canada. It has been a whopping 99 years since the last total eclipse crossed the continental U.S. from coast to coast.
If you miss this one, you won’t get another chance to see a total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. until 2024! Because the August 21st eclipse will be visible in totality only within the U.S., it has been called "The Great American Eclipse".

 Many communities along the path of totality have planned viewing parties and events surrounding the eclipse. Local observatories and astronomy clubs are a great resource.
If you’re not in the path of the eclipse, don’t worry - Gray Television stations have partnered to give audiences the best seat in the house!  There will be streaming live coverage of the eclipse on the 21st.

You should NEVER look directly at the sun, but there are many ways to safely view an eclipse. There are filters for binoculars and telescopes designed specifically for looking at the sun. Inexpensive eclipse glasses and viewers are also available for purchase. Or, you can make your own pinhole projector. You can make a tiny “theater” with a cardboard box, foil, and paper, or it can be as simple as poking a tiny hole in a paper plate. As mentioned above, you can also safely view the eclipse via Gray Television station or live stream.
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
Brushy Fork Annual Institute details

Look for registration to open on our website in January 2018.
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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.
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Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking applications for the KHS research fellowship program for the fall 2017 cycle. The program provides funding for senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, whose research requires the use of KHS collections and research resources – visit for more information on collections.

Fellowship residency at the KHS campus in Frankfort, Kentucky, ranges from one to four weeks. KHS is conveniently located in central Kentucky, within driving distance of numerous universities, archival repositories, and historic sites. Past fellows have included scholars from prestigious national and international institutions.

For application instructions and award requirements, visit to learn more. Fellowship applications must be submitted via email to by September 1, 2017.
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
                                 SAVE THE DATE!

                                SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
                                Nashville School of Law
                                4013 Armory Oaks Drive 
                                 Nashville, Tennessee

                                         "Health Care is Complicated: What's Next?"

The THCC (Tennessee Health Care Campaign) Annual Conference is brewing. Here is a taste of the agenda. We hope you can attend, sponsor or both! We will cover a lot of important topics related to health access and health insurance.
For sponsorship or registration information, click here or email

Your're invited to the 4th Knox Asian Festival

August 27th 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  Market Square Knoxville, TN

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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.
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Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS
This position is an excellent opportunity for a leader with an unyielding commitment to using arts and culture to advance social justice and human rights. The organization has all of the necessary ingredients for growth and success: an active Strategic Plan, a 41-year history, a stable financial outlook, an excellent national reputation, a committed staff, dedicated members, and an active board.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social, and economic justice, and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere. ROOTS is committed to social, and economic justice, and the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.
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Workshop Center Staff
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 85-year-old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the South to promote social and economic justice. They are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. Highlander’s long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and economic justice organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, the changing demographics of our region and supporting youth and young adults working for social change.  

Overview of Position 
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis.
This person will be a member of Highlander’s Workshop Center Team.   This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander’s Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander.
Duties Include:
  • Share in cooking and cleaning responsibilities to provide safe, efficient, clean and welcoming spaces at Highlander.
  • Help to plan and prepare workshop center meals, in order to serve a wide variety of healthful menus utilizing a maximum of fresh produce and a minimum of processed food.
  • Greet workshop participants and help them have the info they may need to get settled
  • Help in the garden  
  • Help to ensure the maximum usage of on-site organic garden as well as locally grown organic foods.
  • Share Highlander’s rich history and current work with visitors and workshop participants through workshop introductory sessions or leading tours.
  • Help with childcare services when needed
  • Participate in staff meetings and educational sessions, as requested
Apply here
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.
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