Action Alert: Act NOW to Stop Serious Threat to Stones River in Murfreesboro!

Murfreesboro’s Middle Point Landfill (the largest municipal landfill in Tennessee) has for years operated with minimal oversight and regulation. This led the Rutherford County Chapter of SOCM to launch a long-term Stop the Stink campaign for meaningful state regulation of the facility (and solid waste alternatives to landfilling). Earlier this year,…

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SOCM at Bonnaroo 2016!

This year SOCM again hosted a tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Every year, this event draws tens of thousands from Tennessee and across the country, so it is always an excellent outreach opportunity. A crew of SOCM volunteers from Middle and East TN spoke…

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FEDERAL AGENCIES TO CONSIDER HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TENNESSEE COAL MINES ON ENDANGERED SPECIES

KNOXVILLE, TN – Yesterday evening, a federal judge approved a settlement between two federal agencies and a coalition of environmental and community groups that will commit the agencies to comply with the Endangered Species Act at three Tennessee coal strip mines. The agreement resolves first-of-its-kind litigation brought by Statewide Organizing…

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Not All IDEAS are Good Ideas: Labor and the Community Turn Defeat into Victory in the Struggle Against IDEA Charter Schools in Austin

This article was written by SOCM Social Justice Committee (SJC) Co-Chair Travis Donoho. Before moving to Knoxville last year, he worked as an organizer for the teachers union Education Austin (in Austin, Texas). Here he tells the story of his union’s successful campaign to stop the charter takeover of a…

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How to Start a Chapter

By Ann League Chapters are a primary element to SOCM’s work; they offer community members a place to meet, discuss concerns, and get involved in improving their communities. Chapters are where members can build their knowledge; develop new skills, and where new leaders often emerge. Through working with a chapter,…

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