SURJ White People for Baltimore National Action Call 4-30-15 at 5PST 8EST

White People for Baltimore National Action Call Please join Showing Up for Racial Justice-SURJ (www.showingupforracialjustice.org), our affiliates from across the country, and partner organizations to learn more about the uprising in Baltimore, solidarity actions around the country, and to make a plan to take action with others in your area. SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. This call is for for white people who want to take action in solidarity with communities of color to stop police violence. We remember #FreddieGray, #MyaHall and #RekiaBoyd, all young black people killed by the […]

Solidarity from Highlander

The Highlander Research and Education Center sends our love and special thoughts to the family of Trayvon Martin in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and joins the NAACP and MoveOn.org and other organizations in calling on the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the taking of Trayvon’s life. While the only true justice would be to live in a world where Trayvon is still walking around without being targeted for the color of his skin, civil rights charges lift up the life and loss of this youth and and strive to […]

Hurricane Sandy: A Message from the Director

Dear friends and family from the Southeast and Appalachia to New England— In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we have all been saddened by the loss of life and heart-wrenching devastation.  And as yet another storm hits, it seems these struggles may be far from over. But we’ve also seen the strength of communities working together: As the storm surge sent waves of water rushing into the streets, hundreds of volunteers were already on their way to help, driving across state lines to find trapped residents and carry them safely through the flood. While most of Hoboken suffered without power, […]

Year End Greetings & Gratitudes and An Action Alert

Greetings & Gratitudes The Highlander Center expresses our deepest appreciation to our many friends across the South, country and world. We wish you peace, joy and health in this new year of work for justice. Your generosity of resources, time and talent made so much great work possible this year, the highlights and summaries of which you can see on our blog, here. A resounding THANK YOU!!! If you have not given yet there is still time and new donors double their gift! Please support the work of Highlander by donating securely here. Action(s) Alert Let’s Build a U.S. for […]

Year End Greetings & Gratitudes and An Action Alert

Greetings & Gratitudes The Highlander Center expresses our deepest appreciation to our many friends across the South, country and world. We wish you peace, joy and health in this new year of work for justice. Your generosity of resources, time and talent made so much great work possible this year, the highlights and summaries of which you can see on our blog, here. A resounding THANK YOU!!! If you have not given yet there is still time and new donors double their gift! Please support the work of Highlander by donating securely here. Action(s) Alert Let’s Build a U.S. for […]

Take Action Now for Workers: Support the Employee Free Choice Act

One of the most important pieces of legislation to address workers rights in decades was introduced in Congress on March 10, 2009. The Employee Free Choice Act (HR.1409 / S.560) addresses the right of workers with three simple and powerful steps. The Employee Free Choice Act provides a fair path to form unions through direct majority sign-up. It enables employees to secure a contract within a finite, reasonable time period. It toughens penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights. All this sounds so basic and fair one would think it was already the case, but American workers trying to organize […]

OVEC Organizer Maria Gunnoe Wins 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize

Highlander congratulates Maria Gunnoe, an organizer with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, on winning the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize – the “Nobel Prize” for environmental activism. A lifelong resident of the Appalachian coalfields, Maria is a tireless opponent of mountaintop removal and an advocate for coalfield communities. Her activism and commitment are an inspiration to all who care about Appalachia and the environment. We join many others in applauding this recognition of her work. For information about Maria and OVEC, visit http://www.ohvec.org.

Windcall Residency Award for Grassroots Organizers and Leaders

Deadline for Fall 2009 – Summer 2010 Residencies: April 30, 2009 Are you a grassroots organizer or a social, environmental or economic justice leader? We know you work hard at all dimensions of strategy, community building, organizational leadership and movement building. Thank you for all you do in these hard and exciting times! But with your high level of commitment, we also know that you may skimp on the time needed to keep yourself creative, healthy and energized. Have you taken a rest lately? Do you need to renew your energy in the face of economic and political turmoil? Have […]

Forum on the Solidarity Economy; March 19-22, 2009

On March 19-21, the Solidarity Economy Network will hold a national gathering, “Forum on the Solidarity Economy: Building Another World,” at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a member of the coordinating committee, Highlander is striving to have a good Southern and Appalachian contingent in western Mass. to share the incredible work happening in our region and to learn even more so that we can take our work even further. If you are doing transformative work around economics, the environment, and the care economy and you would like to share it with other people on a panel or in a […]

National Call-In Day for a Clean Energy Future

Update – 1/25/09 The White House switchboard and comment system were not working on January 21st, so CLEAN was forced to suspend the call-in.  It is being rescheduled for later this year. For updates and additional information information, visit http://theclean.org. ———– On January 21, 2009, join thousands of people from all over the country in calling the White House to ask President Obama to invest in a clean energy economy. This national Call to Action is being coordinated by CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now), a movement of grassroots organizations and individuals with the common goal of implementing a […]