From the Cumberlands to your Community

We are SOCM

What is SOCM?

SOCM (pronounced “sock-em”) is a member-driven organization that utilizes civic involvement and collective action. Our mission is to empower Tennesseans to have a greater voice in determining their future.  We work for social, economic, and environmental justice for all.

SOCM’s original name, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, grew out of our origins as a grassroots community organization based in poor isolated coalfield communities in five northern counties (Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan and Scott) in the Cumberland Mountains.  SOCM kept this name for the first 36 years of its history before changing it in 2008 to reflect our growth and development throughout the years and our commitment towards justice across Tennessee.

Our members govern the organization and set its policies and priorities.  Members have inspired and guided us throughout our history.  They are a force that can build capacity for greater democracy in our country.  Many early SOCM members, especially those in isolated coalfield communities who braved threats and intimidation to speak out for change, have left a legacy.  Little did they know they were building the base for a powerful, multi-racial, statewide organization to work for social, economic, and environmental justice issues in our local communities, our state, and our nation.

Read SOCM’s Story

The Traditional Tug-of-War at SOCM's Annual Meeting

Our Values

We believe there is strength in organization, that by working together we have the power to change our lives and surroundings. We are committed to developing and using this power to improve the quality of life in our communities.

We believe that we have the right to know about and have a voice in developments for the common good. We acknowledge our interdependence and interconnectedness and therefore take responsibility for inspiring growth and change for the common good.

Business and Government entities have a responsibility to be accountable to the communities in which they operate. Recognizing the dignity and rights of all people, we work together across age, race, and income for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Furthermore, we are committed to overcoming social and institutional racism and discrimination and embracing our diverse cultures. We recognize the dignity, rights, and strength of all people.

Give Back to Your Community

Support SOCM with your gift of $20 (or more) as we kickoff 2020.

Our Work

SOCM members are working on a variety of issues across the state, from fair lending and affordable housing to recycling and protecting waterways and beyond. By working together we have the power to change lives.


Do you want to get involved at a local level? Find your local chapter!

"SOCM holds our city accountable and makes change so that the people have a voice."
- Jennifer H.

Do you want to work with members to tackle issues impacting communities across the state?


Here are just a few of our statewide campaigns:


Don’t see your issue? SOCM is a member-led organization. Members can bring new issues to their chapter or committee or even start their own chapter or committee focused on the issue.

Are you ready to make a difference?