Highlander Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Carol Judy

Photo Credit: Humans of Central Appalachia Highlander celebrates the life and legacy of Carol Judy, a member of our family who has transitioned early this morning.  Carol was a lifelong activist in rural Appalachia, and she was instrumental in the formations of many groups, including the Woodland Community Land Trust, MountainMade MountainWays, Fair Trade Appalachia, and Clear Fork Community Institute. Many called Carol the “Forest Granny” because of her intimate knowledge of the land and her passion for sharing her wisdom. Carol emphasized how the land in Appalachia was not only part of culture, but also our bloodline. She illustrated […]

Women Coming Together for Worker Justice

Highlander has worked recently with a number of different groups organizing for worker justice. In April, we led a leadership workshop for the Tennessee Education Association to help teachers from Chattanooga and rural counties in Middle Tennessee share information about how to approach the loss of their collective bargaining rights, which the state stripped from them in 2011. With Jobs with Justice, we’ve been putting together a timeline history of Southern women in the Labor movement, and we’ve worked with the Oak Ridge chapter to develop a workshop on the same topic. In May, we hosted the Teamster women’s, ‘We […]

On The Hill and Across the South: SEIRN Works for Immigrant Rights

In January, Highlander hosted and participated in a strategy session for the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), which brought together representatives from statewide immigrant coalitions, grassroots groups, and regional partners to connect its members with campaigns around immigration reform. In addition to discussing the prospects for national immigration reform, the group focused its strategy on what to expect on the state and local levels and how its members could collaborate and support one another in those battleswhile keeping the voices and experiences of local grassroots groups central to the movement and strategy. SEIRN’s Regional Coordinator Mónica Hernández notes that the […]

Announcement: Zilphia Johnson Horton Cultural Organizing Residencies

Head-Roc Sonny Wink

Highlander is thrilled to announce the Cultural Organizers and Community Partners of the Zilphia Johnson Horton Cultural Organizing Project 2012-2013 Residencies. The project is named for Myles Horton’s wife Zilphia, who infused Highlander’s work with culture during the Labor Movement, steeling the resolve of striking workers through song. It brings together community organizations engaged in active, issue-based campaigns for justice with artists and cultural organizers so that they can learn from each other and work together to promote progressive policies within marginalized communities. While the cultural organizers will help their partner organizations expand the role of art and culture in […]

Now Accepting Applications – Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowships

The Highlander Research and Education Center is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for  the second class of the Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowship at Highlander.  Highlander was chosen, along with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC, to carry on the social and economic justice legacy of the Greensboro Justice Fund (GJF) and is honored to do so. For 30 years, GJF worked to increase the capacity of the progressive movement by supporting over 300 cutting-edge, community based organizations working for political empowerment, workers rights, environmental justice and an end to all forms of discrimination and exploitation. The Fund […]

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 […]

NASCO INSTITUTE 2009: In Our Back Yards

Defending the Environmental Commons, Ann Arbor November 6-8, 2009 Join the Highlander Center and the more than 400 co-op members, cooperative educators and representatives of democratic organizations from across the U.S. Canada, and beyond as we converge in Ann Arbor for NASCO’s (North American Students of Cooperation) Cooperative Education and Training Institute. Through workshops, discussions, panels, caucuses and film screenings we will rethink how we produce, transport and consume; share tools for sustainable practices; and create cooperative solutions to spark change “In OUR BACKYARDS.” Come join us as Highlander leads the Cooperative Leadership Track on anti-oppression and collective liberation; join […]

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 […]