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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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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E3 Committee Summer Update

The E3 Committee has been studying the Abandoned Mine Land Fund for the past few months, and it’s preparing to advocate for cleaning up mine sites and economic transition. In April, Chapter Chair Patrick Morales and members Bonnie Swinford and David Beaty attended an Appalachian regional summit on the AML…

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April & May SJC Update

By Dylan Ross, Social Justice Committee Chair The past month has been very busy, productive, and exciting for SOCM’s Social Justice Committee (SJC). On April 30, as the result of work by the SJC and coalition partners, the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Education passed a resolution to adopt and implement the…

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Does TVA’s Gallatin facility have coal ash problems? Let’s talk about it!

By Cathie Bird On March 25th 2015, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM),Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter, Climate Nashville, Ecogal – The Curious Consumer,Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Working Films will host a free, open community discussion on the continuing impact of Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash landfill at the Gallatin…

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