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SOCM Calls for Community Unity in Divisive Climate – Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment

SOCM Calls for Community Unity in Divisive Climate

Shelbyville, Tenn. – The Bedford County Chapter of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) will hold its annual Community Unity Night on Friday, September 21st, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, at The Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville. The goal of the event is to promote unity and dialogue within the Bedford County community, while creating a fun evening with a diverse gathering of people.

There will be live jazz, folk, and Mexican banda performances throughout the evening. SOCM and other local non-profits and community groups will be on hand with a wide range of information and resources. Cultural traditions from the American South, Central America and Mexico, and Africa and Asia will be shared through offerings of food, art, and music.

SOCM member Tammy Partin said that the group organizes Community Unity Night every year in order to “build unity in our community, and to let everyone know what our organization is all about.” Partin noted that the “golden rule” of treating people as you would want to be treated and the fundamental, civil rights of all have been themes of the event in years past. This year, SOCM members and staff will facilitate discussions with attendees about ways of working together for social, economic, and environmental justice.

SOCM is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2012. It was founded in 1972 by a group of citizens working to protect mountains and mountain communities in East Tennessee from destructive corporate practices. The Bedford County Chapter of SOCM was formed in 1999. The local group has worked on issues of discrimination, public education, fair housing, healthcare access, immigration, and government and corporate accountability.

This is a free event that will be open to the public. Monetary and in-kind donations are still being accepted. Contact SOCM’s Middle Tennessee office for more information – 615-355-9356, The organization’s website is


About SOCM

SOCM – Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment – is a member-run organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that the people of Tennessee have a greater voice in determining their future. The mission of SOCM is to empower Tennesseans to protect, defend, and improve the quality of life in their communities across the state. SOCM is working for social, economic, and environmental justice for all. We are committed to the journey of becoming an anti-racist organization. Recognizing our interdependence, SOCM is committed to overcoming social and institutional racism and embracing our diverse cultures.


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