“Building Immigrant Leaders in the South” – Highlander’s Immigrant Leadership Institute

Highlander is pleased to announce the publication of “Building Immigrant Leaders in the South: INDELI 2004-06,” the final report of our immigrant leadership institute. From October 2004 to October 2006, Highlander implemented the Institute for Immigrant Leadership Development (Instituto para el Desarrollo del Liderazgo Inmigrante, or INDELI, in Spanish) to promote and support the effort of Latin@ immigrant organizing in the Southeast through leadership development, political education and strengthening immigrant-led grassroots organizations. This report describes and evaluates INDELI, provides feedback from participants and offers some recommendations and best practices for those wishing to implement similar programs. Among the most compelling […]

United States Solidarity Economy Network Meeting – Amherst, MA

In March, people from across the United States and the world gathered in Massachusetts to expand the work and vision of the United States Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN). This umbrella organization started at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007, inspired by solidarity economy work in other countries and an international network, RIPESS, that works to connect information and alternative strategies for building an economy that has values beyond profit – an economy that recognizes the importance of people, communities, environment and equity. Highlander staff, board and community members attended this forum, to learn more about it and to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Highlander Announces We Shall Overcome Fund Awards

Created to nurture grassroots efforts within African American communities to use art and activism for justice, the We Shall Overcome Fund supports organizing in the South that is at the nexus of culture and social change. Started in 1966 and housed at Highlander, the Fund provides small grants ($2,000 maximum) for projects that reflect a blend of culture and struggle, embodied in the primary anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome.” During the grant cycle ending January 15, 2009, twelve $1,000 grants were awarded. The following is a list of the recipients and their projects: 2nd Chance Organization, […]

Equal Voice Campaign Day of Action on the Hill

On February 12, 2009, one hundred and fifty families from 12 states traveled to Washington DC as part of the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign to hand-deliver the National Family Platform directly to the offices of their Representatives. The platform identifies key issues affecting families and makes policy recommendations to rebuild the safety net for low income Americans. It is based on the recommendations of families who gathered over an 18-month process that included 65 town hall meetings. Last September, more than 14,000 people simultaneously convened in Birmingham, Chicago and Los Angeles to ratify the platform. The Equal Voice […]

Interpreting for Social Justice – Highlander Workshop

Interpreter training workshop; Highlander, March 2008. March 27 – 29, 2009 New Market, Tennessee On March 27-29, 2009, Highlander will hold its fifteenth “Interpreting for Social Justice” workshop at its Workshop Center in New Market, TN. The workshop is designed for bilingual social justice activists who would like to learn more about interpreting and translating in a social justice context to build alliances and empower immigrant communities. Sessions will include: interpreter role and ethics, interpretation modes, use of interpreting equipment, the impact of language barriers in social justice movement building, and how to create a multilingual space. Participants will engage […]

The State of the Dream 2009: The Silent Depression

The State of the Dream 2009, by United for a Fair Economy, reveals that while the general economy is in a recession, people of color are experiencing a silent economic depression that, in terms of unemployment, equals or exceeds the Great Depression. Released on Martin Luther King Day, the report highlights the extreme economic inequality that marks the United States today, and the way that people of color suffer disproportinately because of structural racism and the web of policies that evolved from it. The report notes, for example, that 24% of blacks and 21% of Latinos live in poverty, compared […]

Highlander Supports Jobs with Justice’s Campaign for a People’s Bailout

In December 2008, Highlander joined other members of East Tennessee Jobs with Justice in protesting the Wall Street bailout and calling for government action to provide emergency help to the victims of the economic crisis and to build a fair economy that works for all people. The demonstration was part of the Campaign for a People’s Bailout, coordinated by Jobs with Justice (JWJ),  a national network of labor, religious, student and community organizations that helps workers and their allies win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. For more information, visit the Campaign for a People’s Bailout […]

Highlander Supports Jobs with Justice's Campaign for a People's Bailout

In December 2008, Highlander joined other members of East Tennessee Jobs with Justice in protesting the Wall Street bailout and calling for government action to provide emergency help to the victims of the economic crisis and to build a fair economy that works for all people. The demonstration was part of the Campaign for a People’s Bailout, coordinated by Jobs with Justice (JWJ),  a national network of labor, religious, student and community organizations that helps workers and their allies win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. For more information, visit the Campaign for a People’s Bailout […]