Director's Log: Star Date 47634.44

This log entry will be short.

As many of you know, I’m a Star Trek fan. I’ve been binge watching it lately to get away from all of the craziness that seems to be going with the reversal of polices we've fought hard for and the appointment of folks and creation of orders...... 

The words of support and encouragement that I have for all of us working for justice…
Resistance Isn’t Futile!

We must resist y'all! We absolutely must!

That's all. Live long and prosper my dear social justice collective. Margo signing off.

Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director​

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Regional News
#FF17 Schedule Now Available 
Register Today 
Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff has worked closely with the amazing Funding Forward 2017 planning committee to put together a stellar program that will help grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues connect with each other, learn from one another, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. 
Join Funding Forward in Seattle, March 29-31, for exciting and timely content that includes:
  • 5 plenaries addressing topics including LGBTQ rights in the Trump era, religious exemptions, and LGBTQ advocacy and funding opportunities in the Northwest
  • 13 concurrent sessions with workshops exploring immigration, digital security and safety, transgender movement building, youth incarceration, and much more
  • Breakfast meetings with the Global Philanthropy Project and Out in the South Network
The full program, including many other exciting workshops and discussion sessions, is now available here. 

Register here
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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Local And National Arts Groups Team Up To Provide Performance Therapy For Veterans With PTSD
By Skyla Luckey, Contributor
St. Petersburg — As a child, Linda Parris-Bailey experienced an unforgettable loss. When her cousin returned from fighting in the Vietnam War, he wrestled for months with how to process the violence he had experienced. Then, one day, the family got the news.
“All of my male cousins were drafted, and one of my cousins—actually the eldest cousin—died mysteriously after returning from Vietnam,” Parris-Bailey said. “He died in a car accident, a car accident with a wall.”

The death of Parris-Bailey’s cousin had a lasting impact on her. She had long suspected that his struggles led him to commit vehicular suicide, but the topic was not discussed in the family, leaving Parris-Bailey to sort things out for herself.

In college, she wrote a short story about her cousin’s death. Years later, reading about suicide and military combat helped Parris-Bailey realize her family’s loss and her cousin’s struggles were shared by many others.

She decided to share her story and got to work on what became “Speed Killed My Cousin,” an original play. Parris-Bailey interviewed veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder to understand the complexity of their experiences.

After five years of writing and researching, Parris-Bailey finished the play and recruited an ensemble cast from Knoxville’s Carpetbag Theatre, where she serves as executive and artistic director.
Full story here
50th Anniversary Celebration Series Between A Ballad And A Blues
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. Presents
Between a Ballad and a Blues, a play with music from award winning playwright Linda Parris-Bailey, tells the story of African-American-Appalachian renaissance man Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, one of the most celebrated string-band musicians in the history of American Music. The play highlights Mr. Armstrong's more than seven decade musical career. From his start in the industrial city of La Follette, he learned to sing in at least seven languages and began playing a homemade fiddle, performing with his siblings in the 1920's. He went on to tour internationally and throughout the immigrant mining communities and metropolitan nightlife of the US with fellow musicians, Carl Martin and Ted Bogan.  Mr. Armstrong continued to perform until his death in 2003, sharing string-Band music with the world and planting seeds for other American music forms including Country and Blues. The title of the play comes from Armstrong's answer to playwright, Linda Parris-Bailey's question: "How do you describe your music?" He responded, "It's somewhere between a ballad and a blues." Armstrong's remarkable ability to adapt and survive good-natured ribbing, lively tales and energetic musical style come to life in this original work from CBT.

Performances are February 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm and February 26 at 4 pm at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. To purchase tickets please visit the Clayton Center for the Arts Box Office or call 865-981-8590.
In-home Funeral Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Narrow Ridge is pleased to announce our In-home Funeral Workshop on February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn, TN.

In this workshop we will hear personal stories from individuals who have participated in the home funeral of a loved one. We will learn about relevant state laws, and the handling and care of a deceased loved one. The workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning as participants engage in collaborative roleplay of moving, cleaning and caring for a fellow participant who will play the role of the deceased. The workshop will utilize brief “how to videos” and will conclude with the viewing and discussion of the film, A Family Undertaking (3:00-5:00 p.m.).
Fees: $30 per participant for workshop instruction, printed materials including Undertaken with Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Families and Community Care Groups, and a prepared lunch. Because fees have been kept low and mostly go toward covering the cost of printed materials and lunch, the $30 fee is nonrefundable except in special circumstances. 
Enrollment: To reserve your place in this workshop your $30 fee must be received by Narrow Ridge by Friday, February 17. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

Make checks payable to Narrow Ridge Center and send to :
Narrow Ridge
1936 Liberty Hill Rd.
Washburn, TN 37888

For more information please call 865-497-3603 or email
Celebrating The Work And Lives Of Women In Jazz Who Jam In Our City, Region And The World 

Apply To Share Art/Organizing Work at ROOTS Weekend 
ROOTS Weekend-Richmond - April 20-23, 2017 - is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUS, ART 180, and RIHD, they take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex - the largest system of incarceration in the world. 

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past. They are seeking programming around three programming arcs: Immigrant Detention, Adult Incarceration, and Juvenile Justice.

In putting this event together they want to hear from you! What are you working on that you would like to share? Who you would like to hear from? What would you like to see, to talk about? They invite proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more. They also invite your programming ideas - whether you know of a local artist or activist we should reach out to or a method of community building that we might integrate into the weekend. 

If you have ideas or work to share, please fill out the Proposal Form by Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5pm EST. For questions, contact Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Manager at 404-577-1079 or

Thank you for your interest in this work - we look forward to hearing from you!
Learn more about ROOTS Weekend
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
For further information click here
West Virginia
Where Is Our Future? Free Webinar Series On New Economic Opportunities In Southern West Virginia
A Series of Free Webinars on Economic Development Topics
As part of our work here in West Virginia, there will be a series of free webinars over the next three months on specific topics, such as marketing for rural communities, how to deal with dilapidated buildings, and opportunities for heritage tourism.

Over the coming weeks we’ll also bring in subject matter experts to visit each of the five Innovation Acceleration Strategy (IAS) communities, and we’ll be holding more detailed discussions of what best economic development practices have worked in other communities.

Webinar Series
Best Practices for Dealing with Dilapidated and Abandoned Properties 
Feb. 23
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Preserving our Stories – Opportunities for Heritage Tourism
Mar. 15
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Maximizing the use of Federal and State Tools for Economic Development
Mar. 23
10 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information on any of the webinars, feel free to contact Lynn A. Knight at
Sign up for webinars here
Volunteers Needed for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair 
Save the Date
Save the date now for the 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair, Saturday, May 20 in Huntington’s Central City. 

PARTICIPANTS WANTED: Area crafts persons, artisans, farmers/growers, organizations, businesses, and more are invited to participate in our event. We charge a nominal fee of $20 to set-up a booth. These funds will help us fund this and next year’s event. 
VOLUNTEERS: The community is encouraged to take part. Helping hands are greatly needed leading up to and on the day of the fair. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, a sponsor, or hosting a participant booth, workshop, or demonstration, please click here.

Mark your calendar now and do plan to come out with family and friends for this fun, free and informative event. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at The Wild Ramp and the Charles Holley Gazebo, on 14th St. W, in Huntington’s antique district. Join the event on Facebook here. Invite your friends!  

There will be live local music, local artisans, exhibits on sustainable issues, hands-on demonstrations, family friendly activities and more. The Huntington Sustainability Fair project is a cooperative effort by Marshall University Sustainability Department, the Wild Ramp, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, the City of Huntington, OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition), the Old Central City Association, and many more.
To make a tax deductible donation to support Huntington’s annual Sustainability Fair, please mail your check or money order to:

Marshall University Sustainability Department
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755 
More details here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Summer Internship Opportunities 
Narrow Ridge
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center is a nonprofit organization in northern Grainger County that was established in 1991 to study, teach and demonstrate an effort toward sustainable living. Narrow Ridge protects approximately 600 acres of rural land including over 150 acres of wilderness, 45 home sites, and our Natural Burial Preserve. Narrow Ridge offers a variety of educational programs that include courses for academic credit, “green” workshops, organic gardening, Vision Fasts, and sustainable living and natural immersion experiences. Narrow Ridge is seeking two summer interns to work 20-30 hours per week assisting with gardening and a variety of other tasks including but not limited to orchard care, trail maintenance, building projects, canning produce, and event setup and takedown. Interns may apply as individuals or as a pair. The start and end dates of the internships are negotiable.
Full job description
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizers 
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots organization with 11,000 members across the state. They organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. They have 13 local chapters across the state and at- large members in many other Kentucky counties.

Eastern Kentucky 
Currently, KFTC chapters have active local issue campaigns around sustainable economic development in the region, land use, voting rights and much more. The Eastern Kentucky organizer would be responsible for helping members to continue building these local issues campaigns and also working on new local issue campaigns as they evolve over time in the chapter area.
Position description
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
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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