We need to envision the world we want and express it in ways that touch the heart as well as the mind. It has worked before, it can work again.
~Candie Carawan @ 2004 Ironweed

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Mountian Women at the U.N.

On International Women's Day, the Appalachian Women's Alliance traveled to the United Nations in New York City to perform Mountain Women Rising as part of the 50th session of The UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Joining with an extraordinary group of women from throughout the United States, Alliance members shared the struggles and triumphs of Appalachian women's lives through drama, music, poetry and storytelling.

Organized by the Rural Development Leadership Network, other presenters included the Organización de Lideres Campesinas en California, Early County (Georgia)'s Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative, and the Southwest Alabama Rural and Minority Women's Association.

"What a wonderful feeling it was to be there in that church and to see all those strong, beautiful, determined women from all over the world as we sat listening to each others stories," reflected performer, Rema Keen.

That day, our stories gave us power and they gave voice to countless women who could not be there in that room with us to speak for themselves. Our stories brought us all together there, in that place, as one - one body, one voice, one song, one spirit - crying out for human rights and dignity for all people.

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Earth Days in the Cumberlands

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

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Women's Leadership Conference at Ferrum College

Appalachian Studies Association Conference

United States Social Forum

Big Creek People in Action

Women of Appalachia Conference

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Berea College

Warren Wilson College

Kenyon College

Just Connections Conference

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Hollins University

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 University of Richmond

Ironweed Gathering Highlander Center

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