As one of the fastest growing areas of the country, Rutherford County is a dynamic and exciting community. Home to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and the rapidly expanding city of Murfreesboro, Rutherford County in an important economic center for the state.
The Rutherford County Chapter was formally established in 2013 when a group of student activists and community leaders saw the need for a strong, intergenerational community organization. Though Rutherford’s rapid growth over the past few years has generated many opportunities for Rutherford County residents, it also presents some serious challenges.
From the beginning, the Rutherford County chapter has worked to ensure that economic development in the county benefits everyone, not just a few. In 2012 just prior to formal establishment of the Chapter, local members tackled racism and xenophobia in public discourse when they successfully convinced advertisers to withdraw from supporting a local “hate media” anti-immigrant local newspaper. Members expanded their anti-racism work to tackle racial profiling by law enforcement and also held a counter rally when a hate group rallied in Murfreesboro. In 2013, members began focusing on affordable housing and tenants’ rights and took up the issue of the Middlepoint Landfill, which is still on-going.
Rutherford County members are currently organizing around several campaigns including:
- Protecting the Flat Rock Cedar Glade nature preserve from ecological destruction and to ensure that nearby residents have access to safe drinking water
- Campaigning against the Murfreesboro Middle Point Landfill and its impact on the community, with the long term goal of transforming the city’s solid waste policy
- Murfreesboro 2035
Please join us for our regular meetings every third Tuesday of the month at SOCM Space, 311 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM CT.
To join or for more information about the Chapter, please contact our Middle Tennessee Organizer, Mike Cannon, at email@example.com or call 615.398.1776
Every Third Tuesday of the Month
SOCM Space, 311 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
6:30 PM CT
Please join us for our regular chapter meetings!
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