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AFSC South Star Newsletter Fall 2015

Great work is happening across the South Region! From dismantling destructive narratives surrounding mass incarceration, to expanding free school meals for kids, to addressing deepseated issues in New Orleans through and past Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary, we support our programs in their mission for peace.

Nutrition in WV schools: feeding kids, then and now

In 1922, Friends Drew Pearson and Walter Abel visited West Virginia in response to appeals for emergency relief. AFSC was young—barely five years old—but it had already amassed an impressive record in relieving human suffering.

The results of their investigation were published in an AFSC pamphlet titled Personality and Coal in West Virginia. They reported that "We are satisfied by our investigations that there is widespread destitution, and much need of relief, among the families of the miners.”

ACE welcomes new staff member

The Appalachian Center for Equality, AFSC’s youth leadership program in the southern coalfields of West Virginia, is thrilled to introduce Liz Brunello as its new program associate.

Liz came to West Virginia as an Americorp VISTA and has since led a girls’ empowerment program in Logan County and overseen multiple mini-grantees around the state who are working on healthy lifestyle initiatives in their community.

Honoring Beth Spence

West Virginia Economic Justice Project program coordinator Beth Spence began working for AFSC in WV in 2002, but her connection goes back decades farther. A Logan, WV native and longtime collaborator with the AFSC program there, she did pioneering work on rural homelessness. She also helped the new Economic Justice Project get started in 1989.

AFSC South Star Summer 2014

Summer 2014 issue of the AFSC South Region's South Star newsletter.

Coal-country teenager wants better resources to keep peers in school

Kyra Wells

ACE participant Kyra Wells.

A sophmore from Logan advocates for teens at the West Virginia Capitol.

Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) Resources

Where Are They Now
Members of the 2009 BAPs mentoring group interviewed young women who had participated in the program in the past. The interviews and accompanying photos were compiled into this dynamic booklet. ($4)

Proud Heritage
A joint project of New Empowerment for Women Plus (NEW+) and the Logan County Improvement League, this 50-page book recounts the unique role played by African Americans in the history and culture of the southern West Viirginia coalfields. ($12)

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