Seeds of Fire Youth Leadership Camp, 2009

Seeds of Fire participants walking to Highlander’s orchard. “There is a space for all who come to Highlander” is part of an opening stanza of a new song, “A Place at Highlander,” written by Mr. Freddie Mosley, an adult ally from 2nd Chance, during the 2009 Seeds of Fire camp. Mr. Mosely drives 2 hours from Columbus to Lexington, MS to do the hard and amazing work of supporting youth and families tying to make change. This dedication to change by the young people and adult allies who attend Seeds of Fire camp and who are active in our region […]

STAY Project Summer Institute for Appalachian Youth Meets at Highlander

From June 26-29, 2009, 22 youth and young adults from Appalachia gathered in Highlander’s rocking chairs to begin coming up with a plan for how they can help to ensure that young people and adults would be able to STAY in the Appalachian, particularly the Central Appalachian region. The STAY Project (Staying Together Appalachian Youth) moved from an idea to a group with an identity and a structure. The project – a collaboration of Appalshop Media Institute, High Rocks for Girls and Highlander Center – is a diverse regional network of young people working together to create, advocate for, and […]

Highlander Staff Facilitate Youth Workshop at National Credit Union Conference

Twenty three youth from community development credit unions from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions’ 35th Annual Conference on Serving the Underserved, held June 11-13 in Phoenix, AZ. These young people came to Phoenix from Dallas, TX; Quitman County, MS; Shreveport, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Rochester, NY; and San Francisco, CA to meet their peers from around the country and to advance their skills in financial education, community economic development, and in the management and operation of youth credit union programs. Elandria Williams, a member of Highlander’s Education Team, facilitated a workshop at […]

Connecting Struggles & Movement Building – Highlander in Toronto

The Labour Education Centre (LEC) in Toronto is passionate about how unions and communities should come together to respond to the current economic crisis and how it is affecting their communities and organizations. On June 8-10, Highlander and the LEC co-sponsored a conference in Toronto entitled “Connecting Struggles, Movement Building.” The organizers and facilitators for the event included an amazing group of Toronto area educators and organizers as well as Jojo Geronimo, a member of the LEC staff and the Highlander Board; Susan Williams, Coordinator of Highlander’s Education Team; Elandria Williams from Highlander’s Education Team; Deborah Rosenstein, a Labor Educator […]

Connecting Struggles & Movement Building – Highlander in Toronto

The Labour Education Centre (LEC) in Toronto is passionate about how unions and communities should come together to respond to the current economic crisis and how it is affecting their communities and organizations. On June 8-10, Highlander and the LEC co-sponsored a conference in Toronto entitled “Connecting Struggles, Movement Building.” The organizers and facilitators for the event included an amazing group of Toronto area educators and organizers as well as Jojo Geronimo, a member of the LEC staff and the Highlander Board; Susan Williams, Coordinator of Highlander’s Education Team; Elandria Williams from Highlander’s Education Team; Deborah Rosenstein, a Labor Educator […]

Highlander Workshop Develops New Tools for Understanding Race and Globalization

Developing popular education tools that help communities talk about the intersection of race, migration and globalization is critically important, especially in the U.S. South. A predominantly Black and white region still unresolved around race, the South has experienced dramatic demographic change due to immigration in the past twenty years, contributing to cross-race tensions and challenges. In addition, what happens in the South, good or bad, affects the rest of the country and therefore the world. The Civil Rights Movement shook the racist underpinnings of U.S. society and led to public policy that made life better for everybody, including low-income and […]

Highlander Announces Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residency Project

As Highlander works to nurture the skills and capacity of marginalized communities, build on the momentum of the elections, and maximixe our regional resources and efforts, we are fortifying current issue campaigns happening in the South with the strategic inclusion of art and culture. A new pilot project called the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residency Project will match artists and communities in residency work to help local organizers develop cultural tools to help take a current campaign to another level. As the first stage of the Zilphia Horton Project, we are currently accepting applications for two communities/organizations interested in partnering […]

Highlander Center Seeks Dynamic Person to Join Development and Communications Team

9/3/09 – The application process for this position is now closed. Organization Summary The Highlander Research and Education Center is a 77 year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the South to promote social and economic justice. We are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee on a 186 acre farm. Highlander’s long and proud history includes work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, and environmental justice in Appalachia. Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing and widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across […]

Highlander Homecoming and Apple Fair; Sunday, September 6, 2009

[Lea esta entrada de blog en español] Children’s Camp 25th Anniversary Celebration Labor Day Weekend Sunday, September 6 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Highlander Research and Education Center Special appearances by Silas House, Jason Howard and Kate Larken of Public Outcry and “The Cost of Coal Banner” by the Beehive Collective. Join Us Join us Sunday, September 6 (Labor Day weekend) from 2-9 for Highlander’s Homecoming and Apple Fair! This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Highlander’s Children’s Camp. Come and hear the remarkable things our former campers are doing. There will be great music, children’s activities, workshops on […]

Regreso a Casa Highlander y Feria de Manzana; Domingo, 6 de septiembre, 2009

[Read this post in English] Celebración del 25 aniversario del campamento de niñ@s Día del Trabajo Domingo, 6 de septiembre 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Highlander Research and Education Center Acompáñenos ¡Acompáñenos el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo, domingo 6 de septiembre, de 2 – 9 de la tarde para el Regreso a Casa Highlander y Feria de Manzanas! Este año estaremos celebrando el 25 Aniversario del Campamento Juvenil de Highlander. Venga y escuche las cosas maravillosas que están haciendo nuestros campistas previos. Habrá música buena, actividades para los niños, talleres sobre ¿Qué pasa con Highlander? y Explotación a […]