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SOCM Sentinels

SOCM Sentinel's are the quarterly newsletters written by SOCM members & staff. This is a great way to get details on current work!


Q1 2024 SOCM Sentinel

The most important thing that happens at Day on the Hill is solidarity • Residents from four counties gather to strategize on messaging • SOCM in the Lens • Blount County members oppose Lee's voucher scam • Public School Strong members take message to school boards • Knox County Education Coalition's Listening Session Report • A big win for community power in Grundy County • Chapter updates • SOCM welcomes Middle Tennessee Organizer Theeda Murphy • Staff works with UT students taking a course on voter engagement

Q4 2023 SOCM Sentinel

Knox County Education Coalition members experience the importance of listening • Gov. Bill Lee declares war on Tennessee school children • SOCM members and local residents work to Stop the Jump Off Quarry in Marion County • McMinn County Neighbors build local support for #PublicSchoolStrongTN • Knoxville Chapter members continue to work for full right to counsel and closes year with the People’s Budget Hearing • Cumberland Chapter members gather to celebrate and share stories • SOCM’s two-day 2023 Annual Meeting exceeds expectations • SOCM in the Lens • SOCM and Cattywampus plan 2024 collaboration • SOCM launches Public School Strong TN: A movement to win honest, accurate, equitable, safe, and fully-funded public schools in Tennessee • SOCM elections held October 7; meet your board members • SOCM Board wants your input on the 5-year strategic plan to help establish organizational goals • Remembering our friend, Boomer Winfrey, who recently passed

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Q3 2023 SOCM Sentinel

Board Members convene for a strategic planning session • Cumberland Chapter Update • Maury Chapter Update • Knoxville residents come together to form a tenant’s union • Rutherford Chapter Update • McMinn Chapter Update • Blount County Public Education Pod hosts back-to-school cookout • Knox County Education Coalition hosts a series of school district events • SOCM in the Lens • SOCM Members across the state continue to fight for public education • Our Kids are #MoreThanATest Day of Action • SOCM Members learn how to organize using deep listening •SOCM holds first quarterly virtual SOCM 101 session • SOCM hosts “Intro to Organizing Training” in Knoxville • “In Smoky Chicago, We Testify for a More Just EPA Coal Ash Rule” • SOCM participates in AML community tour and meeting • The Low Road, by Marge Piercy

Q2 2023 SOCM Sentinel

SOCM Members Defend Public Education in Tennessee • 3rd Grade Retention connects Families, Educators,Administrators, Students, and Community Members across the State • Concerned Residents work to Stop the#HillsdaleHeist in Montgomery and Rutherford Counties • Public Money for Public Schools – Knox County Communitysays “No to Knox Prep!” • Knox County Education Coalition works with SOCM to plan School Budget Campaign • SOCM inthe Lens • Cumberland County Members continue Composting Initiative • SOCM and Community Members get JacksonLaw passed in Monteagle • Knoxville Chapter Members continue Eviction Defense Work • McMinn County Neighborswork on Outreach, Strategic Planning, and Public Education • The Roaring River Chapter hosts Spring Fling • RutherfordChapter Members host Community Kayaking Event • Maury Chapter Members join Forces with Activists from LawrenceCounty over the Aerial Spraying of Pesticides • SOCM Members attend TVA Board of Directors’ Listening Session •Primacy Suspended Pending Repeal • “Out of the Classroom and to the People I went”



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