What issues are SOCM members working on?
SOCM members determine what issues they want to tackle in their own communities. Staff (and often other members from different chapters) provide support and guidance as needed. In general our issue work falls into one of these categories:
Chapter Campaign (issue campaign led by a SOCM Chapter)
At Large Issue Campaigns (issue campaign where SOCM members provide leadership, but no official chapter has formed)
Coalition Campaign (SOCM members participate in issue campaign in coalition with other groups)
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Connecting our communities.
Cumberland County Chapter
Energy Democracy & Sustainability
For decades, the Cumberland Chapter has worked hard to better the lives of those in Cumberland County and beyond. Recently, they have been focused on energy democracy, sustainability through green energy sources, and increasing recycling programs.
Jackson Chapter (Madison County)
Fair Utilities & Voter Engagement
Founded in 2008, Jackson became SOCM’s very first west Tennessee chapter. Since then, the Jackson Chapter has fought to give a voice to the voiceless, whether through registering voters or fighting to rebuild communities after a storm. Currently, the chapter is focused on ensuring that utility rates are fair and just throughout Madison County.
Knoxville Chapter (Knox County)
Housing Justice & Lending Equity
The Knoxville Chapter was founded in 2012 as our first urban chapter. The chapter is currently focused on housing justice issues throughout Knox County, supporting lending equity and affordable housing initiatives. In 2019, the Knoxville SOCM Chapter was part of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s massive victory and the creation of a $60 billion Community Benefits Agreement.
Maury County Chapter
Education & Racial Justice
For over two decades, the Maury SOCM Chapter has fought for people of Mount Pleasant, Columbia, and beyond. In recent years, the chapter has rallied the community around improving public education and the treatment of teachers and students. Every year the Maury Chapter hosts an Achievement Award ceremony to honor young people making a difference in their communities.
Rutherford County Chapter
Sustainability & Housing Justice
For nearly a decade the Rutherford Chapter has been fighting for a safe and sustainable Murfreesboro. One of their major campaigns has been to regulate the local landfill and to have the county adopt a Solid Waste Authority and zero waste plan. The chapter has also worked for the last three years to increase voter turnout and voter registration.
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