• Sharing Just Transition Lessons Half a World Away

    As any map will tell you, Australia is a long way from Appalachia. Despite the distance and differences, their coalfield communities share striking similarities: the fossil fuel industry’s problematic political power, economic challenges, and mining-related environmental and health concerns. As in Appalachia, there is a growing dedication to a just transition from a single extractive industry...

    Latrobe City Hard Hats
  • Celebrating a Year of Successes

    As we begin a new year, we’d like to toast all of our grantee partners across the South for a very successful 2016. Here are a few of the year’s achievements:

    The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute led the successful opposition to a tax-cut plan that would have damaged the state budget and eroded funding for schools and other services. Late in the legislative session, lawmakers...

    Coalfield Development Corporation
  • Social media campaign puts human faces on Medicaid cuts

    Faced with the prospect of deep budget cuts, MRBF grantee partner Alabama Arise Citizens' Policy Project teamed up with allies to launch a social media campaign aimed at letting Alabamians share what Medicaid means to their families. #IamMedicaid has spread rapidly, galvanizing people statewide and catching the attention of several media outlets. MRBF invited Arise Policy Director Jim...

  • Stephanie Tyree: Community Empowerment

    Now Deputy Director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub, Stephanie Tyree served as its Director of Community Engagement and Policy for three years. The statewide non-profit organization’s mission is to engage communities and providers in an intentional, aligned and continuous system of community development. Before joining the Hub, Tyree worked as a community organizer and state...

  • Housing Georgia: Energized to Fight for Affordable Homes

    "Attending the Southern Convening was like being plugged into a charging station and receiving the energy to continue the battle to improve resources in Georgia for affordable housing for another year."

    For six years, the Housing Trust Fund Project of the Center for Community Change (CCC) has been convening coalitions from Southern states who are focused on passing...

    Southern Convening