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It's CRAFTING FOR CHANGE Time at ACF!
12pm-2pm on Friday, April 26th
THIS MONTH: PAPER BEAD MAKING 101
Join us at the Appalachian Community Fund office with some colorful recycled paper as we craft strips of them into beads. Paper with various patterns, textures and designs, such as newspaper, magazines, or even coffee bags, make beautiful one-of-a-kind beads that we can string into a lovely piece of jewelry at a later date. So bring a brown bag lunch, some paper, an old paint brush to apply the clear coating and a desire to be creative as we craft for change!
Many who know me realize I believe that creativity and the allowance of creative expression is a life essential. I love crafting and it's even more rewarding when shared with others.
Once a month this year, the staff of ACF and as many folks who want to join us at our Knoxville office, will be CRAFTING FOR CHANGE.
You do not have to be an expert. You don't have to have supplies. You simply need to want to sit and craft with other social justice folks who desire to take a couple of hours of a creative break that will make a little change.
I hope to see you and craft with you.
Peace, love and light!
News From the Region
Registration Opens for 8th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week
Mark Your Calendars for May 4th-8th!
Registration is now open for our 8th annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington, which will take place this May 4th-8th! Click here to apply today! This year will be a critical time to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, President Obama made clear in his inaugural address that we need to ensure the children of Appalachia are "safe from harm." We know that cannot happen until we put an end to mountaintop removal. Scholarships are limited. If you are seeking a full or partial scholarship, the deadline is March 12th. If you do not need scholarship support, the deadline to register is March 19th. Can't make it? Your support can make it possible for others to attend! Donate here to support the 8th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington. Last year's Week in Washington was a tremendous success. More than 150 people from over 20 states came to Washington, holding more than 200 meetings with congressional offices and agency officials - all culminating in Appalachia Rising's Day of Action. Join us this year, as we ramp up pressure on the Obama administration to end mountaintop removal once and for all. There are no more excuses; we will be increasing pressure on federal agencies, garnering new bipartisan support for the Clean Water Protection Act, and having conversations with lawmakers about the need for economic transition in the region.
STOPP-ing Prescription Drug Abuse
Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription pain drugs, more than from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing these deaths should be a national priority, and two measures that could help to reduce these tragedies -- the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and the Stop Tampering of Prescription Pills (STOPP) Act -- are an excellent way to start. The FDA reports that opioids are "extensively... abused, leading to overdoses, addictions, and even deaths." One FDA official calls opioid abuse a "societal crisis." This menace costs the country over $50 billion every year in lost productivity, criminal justice expenses, drug treatment outlays, and medical complications. Opioid abuse has ravaged poor and rural communities, not just in Appalachia, but also across America. Improving consumer awareness and physician training about the safe use of prescription drugs with a high risk of abuse, as required by the proposed Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, is one sure way the Congress can begin to tackle this issue. However, education alone will not do the trick. The Congress needs to insist on the use of abuse-deterrent technologies.
100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change
2013 Global Event
In September 2011 and September 2012, 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change events were held in several hundred locations across the United States and around the world (115 countries). Now the momentum is increasing and there are events going on all the time under the banner of peace and sustainability. You don't have to wait until September 2013 to get involved. You can put on an event right now. Or you can brand an event that was going to happen anyway with 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change. Your event will go up on the website and be promoted worldwide. About the name, 100,000 Poets and Musicians is just a name. Photographers, painters, mimes, are film makers are also involved. And there's plenty of room for everything else. Check out the website www.100TPC.org. Get in touch email@example.com. The world needs to change. Right now.
Women of Appalachia: Sisters in STEM Conference
Call for Proposals
After the success of 2012 Women of Appalachia: Sisters in Science conference, the planning committee is moving forward in organizing this year's conference around the theme of "Sisters in STEM" scheduled on October 17-18, with the possibility of extension to October 19, 2013. The Keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Sharon Denham, Professor of Nursing at Ohio University. Dr. Denham is a renowned and dedicated scientist, nurse scholar and educator leading research and community efforts to promote and advocate for family health in Appalachian Ohio. Over the years she has led and conducted a number of research studies with Appalachian populations about topics related to family health issues including, bereavement, abuse and violence, tobacco use, and family routines. Her current work focuses on diabetes prevention in Appalachia. They are now calling for proposals/abstract submissions for consideration for the October conference. For more information click here.
Summer Field School in Ethnographic Documentation
May 20-June 22, 2013
This summer George Mason University is offering a summer field school for cultural documentation. This intensive course will offer hands-on ethnographic training in the documentation of local cultural resources, the preservation of documentary materials, and the public presentation of cultural heritage. Instruction will cover such areas as research ethics, preliminary research planning, interviewing and sound recording techniques, ethnographic observation, and field note writing. Training will also be provided on the archival organization of documentary materials gathered in the field and the use of documentary materials for exhibitions and other public presentations. Course instruction will include lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and supervised team-based fieldwork. Full information on the course and tuition costs are found here: folklore.gmu.edu/fieldschool. Interested students can contact me directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 703-993-1178.
Fabu-lachia Gathering for a Change
A Program of The Stay Project
A youth-led, youth-focused weekend, May 3rd-5th, of Appalachian queer activism, including educational workshops and fellowship. Keynote concert with blues woman, performer, composer, writer, teacher and activist Gaye Adegbalola. To register or learn more, email email@example.com. Payment is determined by a sliding scale, lodging and meals will be provided. Travel scholarships are available!
Appalachian Journal publishes 40th Volume with a Double Issue
Mark Your Calendars
The double issue plants the journal squarely in its classic role on the forefront of interdisciplinary Appalachian scholarship, bringing the new and the old to bear on regional issues through astute and nuanced scholarship. Topics as old as ginseng in the 19th century and as contemporary as the TV cartoon "Squidbillies" are complemented by interviews with internationally acclaimed filmmaker Anne Lewis and Italian oral historian and author Alessandro Portelli. An "In Memoriam" piece celebrates the life of Howard Dorgan, a former Appalachian State University professor and scholar of Appalachian religion. Regional poetry by Michael Chitwood, Richard Hague, Dory L. Hudspeth and Michael F. Latza, current events and reviews of recent books round out the issue. More than a dozen books are reviewed in this issue, including Kathryn Newfont's "Blue Ridge Commons," winner of this year's Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College. Sharyn McCrumb's latest novel, "The Ballad of Tom Dooley," two books on Melungeons and several books about coal mining, including Portelli's award-winning "They Say in Harlan County" are also reviewed in this issue. "Signs of the Times," "Chronicle" and "By the Numbers" highlight recent news and information. Visit www.appjournal.appstate.edu for more information.
Appalachia's Bright Future Conference
Conversation on Sharing a Just Transition
Eastern Kentucky's economy is changing fast, but the future is unwritten.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) believe there is an opportunity to move forward together, to build a new economy in the mountains - a diverse, homegrown economy good for all people. New jobs can be generated, new businesses, and new opportunities for the workers, families and young people of eastern Kentucky. It won't be easy, but there can be a bright future. KFTC believe it's essential that the transition to the new economy is a just transition - one that celebrates culture and invests in communities and workers who depend on the old economy. KFTC goal is to develop opportunities for our people, for eastern Kentucky, to thrive. This three-day gathering in Harlan will feature information on the changing economy, lessons from other regions that have gone through transition, and examples of entrepreneurs and communities beginning to build our bright future. For more details click here.
Central Appalachia Regional Network
Releases Broadband Policy Recommendations
April 8, 2013 - Charleston, West Virginia - Internet access has been identified by the United Nations as a basic human right. And as more everyday tasks and economic activities move online, broadband is no longer a luxury-it's a public necessity. However, despite public and private efforts to increase broadband access in central Appalachian states, too many communities find that the opportunity to use the Internet to its full potential is limited by lack of network infrastructure, accessibility and affordability. In response, the Central Appalachia Regional Network (CARN) has put forth broadband policy recommendations for the six states CARN serves - Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
These recommendations are available online at www.CARNnet.org and are summarized as follows:
Goal 1: Institutionalize Broadband Priorities in State Government
Goal 2: Provide State Funding for Broadband Investments
Goal 3: Subject Broadband to Regulation by Public Service Commission
Goal 4: Improve Take-up Rates through Digital Literacy Programs and Access to Computers for Moderate and Low-Income Families
Direct Links: http://www.carnnet.org/docs/Policy%20recommendations_web.pdf
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Director of Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
The Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University invites applications for its Director, a tenured, twelve-month faculty position with administrative duties comparable to those of a department chair, including responsibility for academic, personnel, and budgetary decisions. The Director will report to the Dean of Arts & Sciences and work closely with the Center's Program Director, who teaches and coordinates curriculum development, scheduling, recruiting, and advising; and the editor of Appalachian Journal;both of whom report to the Director. The librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection also reports to the Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and the Dean of Libraries. The Director supervises faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, and evaluation; coordinates faculty drawn from 14 academic departments across campus; manages planning, annual reports, and assessment; oversees state, foundation, and grants accounts; and presides at faculty meetings. The Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies will teach, supervise theses and internships, and serve in various outreach capacities representing the Center on-campus and off-campus in community, regional, and international programs. Candidates are expected to have experience in academic administration and demonstrated leadership abilities. The appointment starts January 1, 2014. For more information contact Sandra Ballard at ballardSL@appstate.edu.
Announcing a Search for Executive Director
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky, announces a search for an Executive Director to lead the 100-year-old institution with knowledge, experience, and confidence. The Search Committee, constituted by the Board of Trustees, invites both nominations and applications for individuals to lead the School's educational, heritage, and community outreach programs. The Search Committee will accept nominations and applications until a new Executive Director is selected, although candidates should submit materials by May 1 for the most favorable consideration. The new Executive Director will be invited to begin work on or before July 1, 2012. For more information click here.
The Rural Support Partners
Rural Support Partners (RSP) are excited to announce a new opportunity at Rural Support Partners. This spring, RSP hope to hire a Program Manager to join their core staff. Ideally, this person will be an experienced, independent, and dedicated professional with a strong commitment to supporting leaders, organizations, and networks across the region. They will join a small team of staff and fellows at our office here in Asheville, North Carolina, but will have opportunities to work across Appalachia and the Southeast. A complete job description can be found on our website, www.ruralsupportpartners.com, along with more information about our work. To apply, we're asking folks to submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 17th.
Now accepting applications!
The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is given each fall to a nonprofit organization that best demonstrates Druckerʼs definition of innovation: "change that creates a new dimension of performance." The award has been given annually since 1991 and is accompanied by a first-place prize of $100,000. The program is generously supported by
The Coca-Cola Foundation. The 2013 Drucker Award application is now available. Click here to access the application portal. The completed application must be submitted by 3pm PT on July 1, 2013.
USDA Announces Request for Applications for Farm-to-School Grants
Proposals Due Midnight EST, April 24, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for the latest round of USDA's Farm-to-School grants. These grants help eligible schools improve the health and wellbeing of students and connect with local agricultural producers. "USDA's Farm-to-School grants connect schools with their local farmers, ranchers and food businesses, providing new economic opportunities to food producers and bringing healthy, local offerings into school cafeterias," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "USDA continues to make improvements to the nutrition of food offered in schools, and investing in farm-to-school programs is yet another important opportunity to encourage our nation's kids to make lifelong healthy eating choices." Three different kinds of grants will be available. Planning grants are intended for schools just getting started on farm-to-school activities, while implementation grants are available for schools seeking to augment or expand existing efforts. To assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, USDA will host a series of webinars related to the application process. Click here for more information.
2013 Grantmaking from the Potlatch Fund
New Language Preservation & Education Fund
With the help of a new donor we are excited to offer this grant cycle in support of language preservation and documentation efforts, educational enrichment and after school Native youth programming, and the professional development of Native educators. This initiative is important because we know that Native languages provide connections to our culture, history, and traditions and yet, with only limited numbers of fluent speakers, too many of our communities are at risk of losing their language. This grant fund also supports the advancement of Native educators and Native youth programming to foster the inclusion of cultural identities in educational environments. Application deadline is Friday, April 26, 2013. For more information click here.
Native Arts Spring 2013 Grant Cycle
Native art has always been integral to every aspect of Tribal life. In tribal culture, art is not separate from everyday life, but rather art is the center of tribal life and everyday objects and tools are decorated beautifully with designs that perpetuate Tribal identity, culture, and knowledge. This year funding priority will be given to projects from individual Native artists, Native arts organizations, or Tribal museums who are working to revitalize endangered Native art forms, practices, and knowledge through intergenerational opportunities that transfer knowledge from elders and cultural retainers to a new generation. Application deadline is Friday, April 26, 2013. For more information click here.
Community Building Spring 2013 Grant Cycle
Whether residing on a rural reservation or within a large metropolitan area, nurturing a sense of community to essential to Native people. We support community projects or programs that impart values, histories, and knowledge across generations to make our communities stronger and healthier. We are particularly interested in supporting initiatives that address the root causes of social, economic, racial, or environmental injustice in Northwest Native communities. This year funding priority will be given to community projects or programs that provide leadership opportunities for Native youth. Application deadline is Friday, April 26, 2013. For more information click here.
| | Drug Overdoses Remain the Leading Cause of Death in Kentucky
69% of "Unitentional Deaths in Eastern Kentucky Attributed to Drug Overdoses
Drug overdoses, driven largely by prescription drug abuse, overtook motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional deaths in Kentucky back in 2010 and remain the state's leading cause of death. From 2000 to 2010, the number of drug-overdose deaths in Kentucky rose a staggering 296 percent, highlighting the state's drug abuse epidemic that now kills more than 1,000 Kentuckians a year. But a recent poll suggests many Kentuckians are not fully aware of the state's drug problem. For more details click here.
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
Thursday - Sunday, July 11-14, 2013
The Whippoorwill Festival, located in the beautiful foothills of Appalachia in Central Kentucky, teaches earth-friendly and sustainable living skills in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of fossil fuels. Together we are building community and working towards a society that will be more resilient in the face of climate change and upcoming resource shortages. The Whippoorwill Festival is an all-volunteer event featuring over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, healthy, home-cooked meals, and guest speakers, plus campfires, Appalachian mountain music and contra dancing in the evenings. To support the local economy, The Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. The Whippoorwill Festival is low cost ($20 per person per day, which includes all the workshops, music, and tent camping). A community kitchen provides three healthy meals a day, and we will have some food vendors in 2013 serving burgers - please contact us if you are interested in being a food vendor. There are RV sites with water and electric available (no septic) for an additional $50 charge (for the entire festival). Children 16 and under are free. Click here to read more.
Anti-Refugee Bill Sent to "Summer Study"
We Did It!
After an incredible response from members across the state and the advocacy of TIRRC and partners at the legislature, members of the House State Government Committee asked tough questions about HB1326 and ultimately voted to send it to a summer study committee. This is very good news. It means that the bill will not be voted on again this year, and will likely languish in study committee until the end of session next year. Representative Womick's HB1326 was the latest bill in a multi-year effort to create a hostile environment for refugee families who come to Tennessee to escape persecution, work hard, and begin rebuilding their lives. HB1326 was a thinly veiled effort to stop refugee resettlement in Tennessee by defunding the Tennessee Office of Refugees (TOR) and other agencies that provide services to new refugee families. To read more click here.
Governor Haslam Rejects Medicaid Expansion
Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC)
After months of studying the options, impacts, and costs associated with expanding Medicaid, Governor Bill Haslam announced that his administration would not accept the federal funds to cover Tennessee's uninsured. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes health insurance more accessible by expanding state Medicaid programs to include more low-income individuals and families (including childless adults). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer that states should have the option - not the requirement - to expand their Medicaid program. For states that choose to expand, the federal government has promised to match 100% of the expansion costs for the first three years beginning in 2014. That match stair-steps down to 90% by 2020 where it will remain.You can read and watch his statement here at this link. To read more click here.
Tennessee Advances Legislation That Ties Welfare To Children's Grades
Is TANF Failing Students and Their Families?
Two Tennessee lawmakers introduced legislation that would tie welfare assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to the educational performance of students who benefit from it, and the legislation was approved by committees in both the state House and Senate. Under the legislation brought by two Republicans, a student who does not make "satisfactory progress" in school would cost his or her family up to 30 percent of its welfare assistance, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported: The bill is sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, and Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah. It calls for a 30 percent reduction in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits to parents whose children are not making satisfactory progress in school. As amended, it would not apply when a child has a handicap or learning disability or when the parent takes steps to try improving the youngster's school performance - such as signing up for a "parenting class," arranging a tutoring program or attending a parent-teacher conference. When Campfield introduced the legislation in January, he said parents have "gotten away with doing absolutely nothing to help their children" in school. "That's child abuse to me," he added. Tennessee already ties welfare to education by mandating a 20 percent cut in benefits if students do not meet attendance standards, but this change would place the burden of maintaining benefits squarely on children, who would face costing their family much-needed assistance if they don't keep up in school. Click here to read more.
Immigration Reform Proposal of Keen Interest in Virginia
Upcoming Immigration Reform Proposal Could Have Big Impact On State
Virginia's Hispanic community will be looking with anticipation toward Washington this week, where a bipartisan group in the Senate is expected to unveil a broad measure tackling immigration reform. "We are energized and optimistic that Congress will pass reform that includes a short and direct path to citizenship," said Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, chairman of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations. No matter how far-reaching the bill will be, its potential impact on Virginia's economy and social fabric will be felt statewide, from the construction-heavy communities along the Beltway to the rural areas of the commonwealth.
With more than 911,000 foreign-born residents in 2010 - most of them of Hispanic origin - Virginia had the ninth-largest immigrant population in the United States. To read more click here.
What Matters in Your Community?
Make sure your community's voice is heard
April 1st through June 1st, DAWG will be conducting a statewide community survey. The survey provides an opportunity to get a picture of the issues and concerns in communities throughout the state of West Virginia. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
Make sure your community's voice is heard by:
~ Taking the survey online Statewide Community Survey
~ Inviting all your friends to take the survey
~ Sharing the survey on Facebook, Twitter, etc
~ Forward this email to friends and family.
~ Providing computer access for friends to take the survey
~ Spreading the word to all your friends, family, co-workers, church members, etc by printing out this flyer and sharing it Community Survey Flyer
West Virginia Delegation Fights Mine Commission Cuts
Reconsideration of Proposed Cuts to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Three members of West Virginia's congressional delegation are urging the U.S. solicitor of labor to reconsider plans to dramatically slash the number of people handling a backlog of contested mine safety violations, saying it's too soon to declare "mission accomplished." Sen. Jay Rockefeller released a copy of letter signed by fellow Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall, both fellow West Virginia Democrats, and by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. It urges Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris to reconsider proposed cuts to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission that would reduce the number of people handling a backlog of cases from 74 to 44 full-time equivalent employees and subject remaining employees to furloughs. The reductions are part of the agency's proposal for dealing with the automatic federal budget cuts that have started to take effect and include closing offices in Atlanta and Arlington, Va., and downsizing an operation in Denver. To read more click here.
Ways to Give
Consider your tax benefits when making a gift to ACF. All gifts are tax deductible according to Internal Revenue Service guidelines for charitable gifts.
Become an ACF sustaining donor by making an automatic monthly donation that fits your budget via our secure website or through your bank. A gift of $20 a month equals a cup of gourmet coffee a week.
EMPLOYER MATCHED CONTRIBUTIONS
If your employer has a matching gift program, your gift to ACF can be doubled or even tripled in size. Your human resources/personnel office can provide you with a matching gift form. Simply complete the form and enclose it with your contribution. ACF will do the rest!
PLANNING YOUR LEGACY
Have you considered establishing your legacy with ACF? There are many ways to establish a legacy gift at ACF that will provide benefits to you during your lifetime and impact the lives of future generations. For more information on how to join the Appalachian WILL Power Legacy Circle, visit our website. You may also contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5786 or via email at email@example.com.
To get involved contact Margo Miller via
email firstname.lastname@example.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!
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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