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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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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Groups Collaborate in Support of Nashville Charter School Accountability Standards

By Cathie Bird SOCM is joining with the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA), Tennessee Education Report, Tennesseans Reclaiming Education Excellence (TREE), and other community allies to support the schools Nashville students deserve! Charter schools (privately operated, but publicly funded K-12 schools) are currently not held to the same standards as traditional public schools. This…

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It’s About the Water: As TDEC considers permit renewal for Turner mine, SOCM members seek assurance that water quality will be protected

By Cathie Bird When SOCM members gather next week for a public hearing on renewal of the SMCRA permit for the Turner surface mine, it may seem like déjà vu. For the third time in six years, the Cumberland County Chapter, supported by SOCM’s E3 Committee, will organize to make…

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