We are a member of several coalitions and partner groups that develop strategy together on one or more areas of work. Coalitions and partners include:

  • The Alliance for Appalachia– A regional coalition of 15 organizations in central Appalachia working together to stop mountaintop removal strip mining, to bring a strong regional voice to national energy issues and counter the industry’s “clean coal” campaign, and to work for healthy, sustainable coalfield communities. The coalition was formally established in 2007, with SOCM one of the founding members.
  • Citizens Coal Council– A national coalition of grassroots groups based in coalfields throughout the country. They strive to inform, empower and work for and with communities affected by the mining, processing and use of coal. SOCM is a founding member.
  • CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now, now known as American Clean Energy Agenda) – A very recent national network to foster grassroots groups’ participation and demands in the national energy debate, especially related to global warming, CLEAN is a mix of coal-impacted groups and groups working on renewable energy alternatives, conservation and efficiency. CLEAN started in 2007, with SOCM as one of the founding members.
  • Community Media Organizing Project (CMOP) – A regional collaborative focused on increasing the capacity of organizing groups in the South to do more effective media strategy as one component of successful organizing campaigns. CMOP started in 1998 as a project of Southern Organizing Cooperative, and became its own project in 2003, with SOCM as the lead organization.
  • Community Shares – A Tennessee fundraising collaborative focused on raising money for social change organizations primarily through workplace payroll deduction, a kind of social change United Way. Community Shares started in 1984, with SOCM as one of the founding members.
  • Dogwood Alliance – A regional association of groups working on forestry issues in the south, especially focused on the increase of chip mills in the region and promoting a corporate campaign to get companies to use wood harvested sustainably. The Dogwood Alliance started in the late 1990’s.
  • Put the People First (PP1) – Inspired by the Moral Mondays movement led by our North Carolina neighbors, Put the People First is a coalition effort of worker, community, civil rights, student, and faith groups in Tennessee. PP1 fights for secure living wage jobs, quality public education at all levels, and the ability for all Tennesseans to exercise their full democratic rights to organize, protest, bargain and vote freely. SOCM joined the coalition shortly after its launch in 2014.
  • Tennesseans for Fair Taxation – A Tennessee coalition working to change the state’s regressive state tax structure, which relies on the highest sales tax in the country, including high sales tax on food and no income tax.  SOCM has been a TFT member since 1991.
  • Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition– TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.

Ally Groups:

  • Sierra Club
  • Tennessee Clean Water Network
  • SACE
  • App Voices
  • Highlander Center
  • TN Citizens for Wilderness Planning
  • TN Health Care Campaign
  • TN Environmental Council
  • TN Alliance for Progress
  • TEA

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