March 2012
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

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Appalachian Community Fund wants to feature your news, events, job openings, success stories, calls to action and more. If you would like to see news from Central Appalachia in this enewsletter please contact Mary Eva Martin, maryeva@appalachiancommunityfund.org or 865-523-5783. We publish the enewsletter on the 15th of every month so please submit your materials by the 10th to give us enough time to set content and get our proofing done. We've been so encouraged by the feedback we've received and we look forward to hearing from each of you. Thanks for reading and be in touch.

Come see us,

Mary Eva Martin

Development and Office Assistant

Did You Know?

Appalachia is one of the oldest names on North American maps, dating from early Spanish explorations of the southeastern United States (Appalachia: A History by John Alexander Williams).

Employment Opportunities

WMMT FM/Appalshop Seeks General Manager

Find Your Fit at Mountain Community Radio

WMMT's General Manager will lead the station in development, planning and overall direction, including preparing the annual plan and budget, tracking income and expenses, and supervising staff. S/he will be the keeper and advocate of WMMT's vision - understanding both the guts and the soul of WMMT; articulating and advocating the station's mission locally and nationally; representing WMMT in state, regional, national discussions (especially media policy and fundraising); and leading WMMT's strategic planning and major policy decisions. The General Manager will have primary responsibility for WMMT fundraising. Application review starts March 15, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Click here for more information.

Major Gifts Officer Wanted

Opportunity In Virginia

The Tahirih Justice Center has created the position of Major Gifts Officer. This person will be a central player in the Development Team providing overall stewardship of the major donor life cycle and will report to the Director of Development. This position will be located in Falls Church, Virginia. Please click here to read more about this position.

News From the Region


35th Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Join ACF and Others in Understanding Appalachia

We're very excited about the 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference! This year's theme is "The Wide Reach of Appalachia" and the event will take place March 23-25, 2012. Si Kahn is the featured guest and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host the event. Click here for the preliminary program. Follow these links to learn more about Si Kahn and the Appalachian Studies Association:

CCPHLogoCommunity-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice
Where We've Been & Where We Need to Go
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening our 15th Anniversary Conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston, Texas. This conference seeks to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to solve our most pressing health, social and economic challenges. Held at a pivotal time in the history of CCPH and the community-campus partnerships "movement," the conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting! Please click here for more information or to register for this event.

Vote Smart

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Publishes Report

Click Here to Access the Report

At 40 years and counting, LGBTQ grantmaking has played a significant role in the fight for LGBTQ rights and equity. Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 - 2010 documents the amount and character of the first four decades of U.S. institutional support to LGBTQ communities through community, public, family and private foundations.

Allied Media Conference
Nation Inside: Communication Strategies Against Mass Incarceration
Advocacy Training Camp and Conference in Detroit, Michigan
Are you part of a dedicated grassroots group fighting a campaign against mass incarceration? Are you campaigning against your state privatizing its prisons, the cost of phone calls, building immigration detention centers, or making policies that continue a broken and expensive criminal justice system? Would your campaign benefit from stronger messaging, better communication capacity, and a broader base of support? If so, join us for Nation Inside. Nation Inside is a training camp for advocates who are organizing grassroots campaigns for criminal justice reform; who want to participate in an intensive and fun network gathering; and who want to work together to advance our campaigns' use of communication strategies. Click here to email Nick Szuberla or call 606-454-8864.

Tell Apple to Quit Coal

Data Centers in North Carolina and Oregon to Burn Coal?

Greenpeace reports Apple lagging behind Google and Yahoo in use of renewable energies. Click here to read the article by Dan Schreiber or click here to view the How Dirty is Your Coal report.

7th Annual End MTR Week in Washington, D.C.

June 2nd-6th, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Week in Washington is an annual event organized by the Alliance for Appalachia, bringing together over 150 citizens from the Appalachian region and across the nation who care deeply about mountains, clean water and social justice. The 2012 elections mark a critical moment to make the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining a top priority issue in Washington. At Week in Washington, we'll not only focus on how to work to end MTR in DC, but how to fight this injustice in your local community. This year, participants will not only meet with their Congress-people and agency officials, but also stand up and take action to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. On Wednesday, June 6th there will be a Day of Action to End Mountaintop Removal. Please click here for more information.

A Message From Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
I Love Mountains Day Raises Awareness on Capital Hill
It turns out that paper pinwheels - even on a rainy day - are a great idea. We went back to Frankfort on Tuesday, as we do each Valentine's Day, to express our love for the mountains and our hope for a clean energy future. "We want what all people want," KFTC Chair Steve Boyce told the crowd of 1,200 on the capitol steps, "clean air and water, safe and good jobs ... a future full of hope and promise." After the rally, we marched around the capitol and to the governor's mansion, where we planted our many-colored pinwheels on the governor's lawn. The pinwheels represented the 60,000 additional cases of cancer that studies have linked to mountaintop removal mining. Please click here to read more about the day of action.
Tree Planting in Kentucky
Volunteers Are Needed
Volunteers will plant thousands of trees on an abandoned strip mine site at Fishtrap Lake in Eastern Kentucky (near Pikeville). Volunteers are needed for this effort in connection with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. Contact Mary Miller at jomar9983@windstream.net for more information.


United Mountain Defense Seeks Volunteer House

Can You Help?

United Mountain Defense has been working on Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining issues since 2005 in Tennessee and across Appalachia as part of the Mountain Justice Movement. We are looking for a rent-free living space where we can house our interns and full-time volunteers. Our time in our current volunteer house will be running out at the end of March, and we are seeking a new place to center our intern program! Please click here for more information about how you can help.

EarthBeats Festival Celebrates Earth Day

Network, Rock Out and Show Support for Earth Day

Join SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment) and friends for EarthBeats Festival! EarthBeats Festival is an Earth Day themed awareness and fundraising music event to benefit SOCM and University of Tennessee's Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK.) Musical acts include The Theorizt, Big Country's Empty Bottle, Jodie Manross, Smiley and the Lovedawg and more. Proceeds from this event will go to further educate students and members of our community (about social, economic, and environmental injustices such as mountaintop removal, irresponsible dumping, racism, immigrant issues, voter rights and more) and it will also make you feel so good! Come out to the World's Fair Park on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 4pm. Please contact Katy Greer at 865-249-7488 to get involved.

IcarusAction Rising Against Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge

Sign the Petition Now!

Join Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and others to stand up against nuclear proliferation. The uranium processing plant underway in Oak Ridge, Tennessee has been called presumptuous, a budget-buster (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), and flawed (Project on Government Oversight). The timing is right to tell President Obama we want a new nuclear plan that seeks to eliminate our dependence on nuclear weapons. Organizations around the country are coming together to show support for disarmament. Add you signature to the petition or follow the links below to learn more about the movement.

Tree Planting in Tennessee

Volunteers Are Needed

Volunteers will plant thousands of trees in East Ridge to re-establish the buffer areas along Spring Creek and South Chickamauga Creeks in East Ridge. Trees provide many benefits to the water environment including bank stabilization, temperature control, wildlife habitat, pollutant filtering, and more. Wear comfortable work clothes and bring gloves and tools. The event will happen Saturday, March 24, 10am - 1pm. The location is Springvale Park at Spring Creek and Camp Jordan Park at the RV Parking Lot at South Chickamauga Creek, East Ridge, Tennessee. For Information or to sign up contact Leah Crisp at 423-209-7857 (email leahc@hamiltontn.gov) or Trisha Startup at 423-867-7711 (tstartup@eastridgetn.org).


SustainFloyd's 2012 Winter Film Series Happening in Floyd, Virginia

Enjoy Movie and Community Discussion

SustainFloyd has chosen five films to present for its 2012 Winter Film Series. Each film screening will be a community event with various food offerings and community discussions surrounding the evening's theme. Film screening will generally begin at 7 p.m. and some panel discussions will follow the screenings for those who want to ask questions. On March 24th you can view Mother Nature's Child. This film looks at the importance of a relationship with the natural world in an age when our children spend much of their time inside. April's movie is scheduled for the 14th and the feature film will be Carbon Nation, a documentary about climate change solutions. The movies will be shown at Floyd Country Story and admission is $5. For more info call Mike Burton 540-250-0111.

Earth Contest Accepting Submissions of Essays and Visual Art

You Could Win $50

John Muir wrote, "In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks." The Clinch Coalition invites people of all ages to tell or show us how being outdoors benefits your health, happiness and wellbeing. This contest invites you to share an original work of art about a favorite outdoor activity. All entries must be received by March 30, 2012. Click here for guidelines and good luck!

West Virginia

New Section of CRMW Website Focuses on Public Health and MTR

Click Here to Check it Out

Coal River Mountain Watch announces the creation of a new section on our website entitled "The Health Impacts of Mountaintop Removal and Coal Mining." CRMW works to protect the health and safety of communities impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining and has long argued that this form of mining has serious consequences for the health of people in surrounding communities. Recent peer-reviewed scientific studies have confirmed this observation. The new health guide on Coal River Mountain Watch's website includes:

  • Peer reviewed research that has been conducted on the impacts of MTR and coal mining in general on public health in local communities.
  • New public health guide provides information about the findings of each of these studies in an easy to read format, including a summary of the purpose, important findings, and results of each study.
  • new mapping tool developed by Appalachian Voices for ilovemountains.org that uses scientific evidence and government data to graphically show the human casualties of mountaintop removal coal mining.
Fossil Fools Day of Action Against Mountaintop Removal
April 2, 2012 in West Virginia
Join Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Mountain Justice and friends for a day of action to highlight the connections between big banks and the destruction of our state by strip mining and fracking. Time, tactics, and location TBD. Contact anromu@gmail.com if you would like to help plan the day.
Great Resources for Organizers and Activists
$15 - Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change
By Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers with Joan P. Garner

$15 - We Gave Away a Fortune

By Christopher Mogil and Anne Slepian with Peter Woodrow

$15 - You Can Do It!

A Volunteer's Guide to Raising Money for your Group in Words and Pictures

By Vicki Quatmann

$7 - Si, Todos Podemos! The Spanish edition of You Can Do It!

By Vicki Quatmann, Translated by Maria Pedro Bruce

$15 We Make Change; Community Organizers Talk About What They Do - and Why

By Kristin Layng Szakos and Joe Szakos

Click here to download an order form.

About Us


To get involved contact Amy Hubbard via

email amy@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.

Appalachian Community Fund
507 South Gay Street
Suite 1120
Knoxville, TN 37902
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