The annual Walk for Justice of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) will take place at Cumberland Mountain State Park on Saturday, October 27. Registration starts at 10:00 am in Shelter #2. The walk starts at 10:30 am., rain or shine.
The Walk for Justice brings people together from all over Tennessee who care about:
+Improving the quality of life in our communities
+Building a green-collar economy that attracts high-paying, sustainable, good industry jobs.
+Creating racist-free communities where all people are empowered and treated fairly.
+Protecting our land, water quality, and environment.
+Preserving our rich heritage for generations to come.
+Defending our rights as local residents to have a say in what goes on in our communities.
SOCM (formerly known as Save Our Cumberland Mountains) is observing its 40th anniversary of grassroots organizing in mostly rural communities of East Tennessee. The Annual Meeting and celebration was on October 20th at Henry Horton State Park which signified the more recent expansion of SOCM statewide and a new Knoxville Chapter.
The Smith Mountain strip and deep coal mining and later proposed land fill site was, reportedly, the most permit challenged and State & Federal inspector and expert visited site in the state. Smith Mountain is viewed from Fairfield Glade.
The Cumberland County Chapter of SOCM is the largest chapter and hosted probably the most celebrative public hearing ever. It was the very large hearing on strip mining around Fall Creek Falls with over 200 testifying and many more attending in the Cumberland County High School Gym. The Pleasant Hill Ensemble performed and Jane Heald wrote a special song for the event while the Chapter had a potluck for other SOCM chapters attending.
Pleasant Hill has the largest concentration of SOCM members, thanks in large part to the late Walter Stark who visited all newcomers to Pleasant Hill usually within a week of arriving. Bill Naumann now solicits donations for Pleasant Hill walkers and rockers .
Several County members will be walking or rocking, including Jean Cheely, Jean & Don Clark, Linda Desmond, Donald O’Dell, Bill Naumann, and June Zettelmeyer, among others. Tax-deductible checks can be made out to SOCM Resource Project and sent to SOCM at 2507 Mineral Springs Avenue in Knoxville, TN 37917 or given to any of the listed participants.
For more information contact Don Clark (931-277-5467) or Kathy Nix (865-249-7488).