The Battle for Fall Creek Falls
At the turn of the century, we celebrated a landmark victory. We won our multi-year organizing effort to have 61,000 acres of Fall Creek Falls State Park designated “unsuitable for mining”. This saved Fall Creek Falls as we know it, allowing future generations to enjoy its beauty.
Read about the fight to save Fall Creek Falls
Standing up to TVA
Throughout the early 2000’s, mountaintop removal (MTR) strip mining emerged as a critical issue. Local residents fought against new permits allowing companies to blast the tops off of mountains. SOCM opposed TVA’s plans to lease its mineral land for this purpose. To fight this, SOCM organized a two and a half week Canoe Relay to carry polluted water four hundred miles down the Cumberland River. Members intended to present the dirty water directly to the Governor.
SOCM became a founding member of the Alliance for Appalachia. We joined other groups in central Appalachia to combat MTR. Together, we fought for economic alternatives and healthy, sustainable communities in the coalfields.
We united with a national network of grassroots organizations to form Citizens Lead on Energy Action Now (CLEAN). They are now known as American Clean Energy Agenda. Together, we developed broader energy policy positions. We worked with CLEAN for good jobs and a clean energy future by phasing out coal and other fossil fuels. We also promoted renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.