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The STAY Project

The Stay Project is a diverse regional network of young people working together for engaging and inclusive communities in Appalachia and beyond.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Ashley Taylor, 347-415-6678, colorfestinnewbern@gmail.com, New Bern High, Class of 1999 Derrick "Benetez" Bryant, 404-725-3053, Derrick.b.bryant@gmail.com, New Bern High School Class of 1999 Shakiera Causey, 804-943-9417, Stcausey@uncg.edu, New Bern High, Class of 1998 Omisade Burney-Scott, 919-423-6826, omisadeburney@gmail.com, West Craven High, Class of 1985 “City Manager Mark Stephens said the city had suffered one of the most devastating storms in its 308 year history. He said more than 400 city staff members had been working to mitigate the impact of Hurricane Florence. Stephens said preliminary assessments show more than 4,300 homes and 300 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the storm. Stephens said he expected that number to increase as residents and business owners return to the city and evaluate their properties. City inspectors had begun a more detailed assessment of damages as of Sunday morning, said Stephens, who stressed that the process would take several weeks to complete. He said early damage estimates are in excess of $6 million dollars.” New Bern Sun Journal Colorfest, Inc. is committed to bringing the arts to underprivileged children in a diverse setting. We are devoted to bringing all forms of art to the community through beautification projects, educational outreach, art exhibits, and performances. We are currently working diligently to secure funds and supplies will go directly to those in need in New Bern, North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence via other New Bern natives like ourselves, local, regional and national networks of churches, lodges, neighborhoods, alumni associations, etc. We are partnering with individuals and organizations/institutions such as SpiritHouse Inc., Project South/Southern Movement Assembly (SMA), The Highlander Center, Be Connected, the Carolina Peace Center and North Carolina Central University. You can make donations at www.PayPal.me/Colorfestinc or www.PayPal.me/NewBernStrong.

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White supremacists showed up at pride in Johnson City and were protected by police. Let it be known that both were met with resistance, let it be known that it was loud and beautiful. #tripride #appalachianlovestory

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#thefutureis preserving and sharing our important movement history. What piece of movement history inspires your work?

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#thefutureis Appalachian People’s Assemblies! #appalachianlovestory

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Hey y’all here’s a little love note this Labor Day from the STAY Project- you are worth more than your productivity! Today we remember and honor the labor movements that have come before us, because we are committed to an economy in Appalachia that isn’t just about creating young entrepreneurs or building prisons— we are committed to continuing the long history of labor movement in Appalachia with a labor movement that abolishes prisons, a labor movement that fights for a living wage and basic income, a labor movement that is pro-reparations, a labor movement this pro sex-worker, a labor movement that is accessible to all bodies, a labor movement where we are valued for our humanity. Happy Labor Day y’all 💛 #appalachianlovestory #laborday #endprisonslavery #unionizethedollargeneral

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STAY TOGETHER APPALACHIAN YOUTH! 10 years of building this network of incredible young folk, and it keeps on expanding! Thank you to every single person who nurtured STAY from the very beginning, who guided STAY through the last decade, and to our new and current members who are shaping what’s next for STAY. This weekend was beautiful y’all... #AppalachianLoveStory #STAY10years #thefutureis #southernpeoplespower #ABOLISHICE

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Ally and Lyeza killing it at the STAY Project Talent Show! #appalachianlovestory #stay10years

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“The most important one word spell is ‘No’” - @auntietbt repost @queencoal ・・・ Gettin that popular education with Sexy Sex Ed. 🌈💕 #appalachianlovestory #STAY10Years

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Sharing stories and songs and artifacts found at the intersection of our identities and the places we come from. #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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“Capitalism is a vacuum powered from our resources.” #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory #southernpeoplespower

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Highlander Appalachian Transition Fellows leading us in a discussion about how systems of oppression like capitalism and white supremacy impact our lives. #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory

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First night of the STAY Summer Institute getting to know each other by sharing things that we like! #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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Katelyn and Ari holding down the registration table! We’re so excited to see y’all! #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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We are so excited to be at @highlandercenter for our 10th anniversary Stay Summer Institute!

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New STAY T-shirts are in thanks to the rad folks over at @borderlandtees! They will be available this weekend at the STAY Summer Institute for $8-$25 sliding scale. We are so excited to see all y’all in East Tennessee on Thursday to celebrate 10 years of STAY! Also be sure to check out the good work @borderlandtees does in Knoxville. #appalachianlovestory #STAY10years

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We got swag y’all! Just in time for the STAY Summer Institute next week where we will be celebrating 10 years of making our communities places we can and want to stay. #STAY10years

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We are so excited to see the awesome work @allaccesseky has been making at the STAY Summer Institute in just a few weeks! #appalachianlovestory #STAY10years Repost: @allaccesseky (@get_repost) ・・・ Excited to start sharing our work with you soon! The All Access EKY Summer Documentary Interns have been busy creating beautiful stories about access to birth control, sex education, and reproductive healthcare.

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Only three more days left to register for the STAY Summer Institute! Today we are pulling out more photos from past Institutes of young folx getting creative and skill sharing. We can’t wait to find out what skills y’all are gonna bring this year! #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory

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