Our Beginnings

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. Beginning…

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Theory of Social Change

In defining SOCM’s Theory of Social Change (TOSC), SOCM leaders looked for lessons and insights from other social change movements of the past one hundred + years.  SOCM also drew from its own experiences with addressing economic and environmental issues impacting its communities.  SOCM’s TOSC describes its beliefs as to…

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