Coalitions to Which SOCM Belongs
COALITION – A formal organization of organizations that SOCM joins, which develops strategy together on one or more areas of work
Current Coalitions to which SOCM belongs (in alphabetical order)
- The Alliance for Appalachia – A regional coalition of 13 organizations in central Appalachia working together to stop mountaintop removal strip mining, to bring a strong regional voice to national energy issues and counter the industry’s “clean coal” campaign, and to work for healthy, sustainable coalfield communities. The coalition was formally established in 2007, with SOCM one of the founding members. Read more about SOCM's work with The Alliance for Appalachia.
- Alliance for the Cumberlands - The Alliance for the Cumberlands is a partnership of public and private organizations unified in their commitment to protect the Cumberland Mountains and Plateau Region.
- Citizens Coal Council – A national coalition of grassroots groups based in coalfields throughout the country, formed to do national organizing campaigns together and lend support to different regions’ issues. Currently, the coalition has gone through hard times and is weakened. The coalition started in 1987, with SOCM one of the founding members.
- CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now) – A very recent national network to foster grassroots groups’ participation and demands in the national energy debate, especially related to global warming; a mix of coal-impacted groups and groups working on renewable energy alternatives, conservation and efficiency. CLEAN started in 2007; SOCM is one of founding members. Read more about SOCM's work with CLEAN.
- Community Media Organizing Project – A regional collaborative focused on increasing the capacity of organizing groups in the South to do more effective media strategy as one component of successful organizing campaigns. CMOP started in 1998 as a project of Southern Organizing Cooperative, and became its own project in 2003 with SOCM as the lead organization.
- Community Shares – A Tennessee fundraising collaborative focused on raising money for social change organizations primarily through workplace payroll deduction, a kind of social change United Way. Community Shares started in 1984; SOCM was among the founding members.
- Dogwood Alliance – A regional association of groups working on forestry issues in the south, especially focused on the increase of chip mills in the region and promoting a corporate campaign to get companies to use wood harvested sustainably. The Dogwood Alliance started in the late 1990’s.
- Tennesseans for Fair Taxation – A Tennessee coalition of about 30 organizations working to change the state’s regressive state tax structure, which relies on the highest sales tax in the country, including high sales tax on food and no income tax. SOCM has been a TFT member since 1991.
- Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition - TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.