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!


Q3 2022 SOCM Sentinel

Stop the Hillsdale Heist! SOCM rallies teachers and parents in Clarksville to support public schools; ACTION: Our Third Graders need support, not another “High Stakes Test”; Members continue celebrating 50 years at Annual Meeting; 2022 SOCM Annual Meeting Agenda; Update on 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign; SOCM Canoe-a-thon information; Chapter Members continue to learn and make plan for Deep Listening and Outreach campaigns; Cumberland County Community Composting Conference; Local farmer, Beth Gaynor, gives Address at Composting Conference – Let’s Talk Dirt; Cumberland Chapter members request Public Hearing on Crab Orchard Sand Quarry; Knoxville Chapter: Know Your Rights Training; Rutherford Chapter Update; McMinn County SOCM Update; SOCM in the Lens; Grundy County: Clouse Hill sandblasting plant maintains its power; Comments and actions on Quarry in Grundy County; Earthjustice Coal Ash Lawsuit Spotlights Kingston, Bull Run, and SOCM; SOCM joins environmental groups for film screening at local movie theatre; SOCM BALLOT; Isabella Killius - Reflections on my Internship with SOCM; SOCM welcomes 2 interns: Brandee Dillingham and Elijah Hedrick

Q2 2022 SOCM Sentinel

SOCM members and friends kick off 50th Anniversary April 30 to May 1 - SOCM Outreach Strategies and Deep Listening: Next Steps - McMinn County: Community Canvassing Training (In-person) - From the Director’s Desk: "Hope in Hard Times" - Jackson Chapter Update - Cumberland Chapter Update - Rutherford Chapter Update - Knoxville Chapter Update - Maury Chapter Update - Save the Sandy Hook Bridge! - McMinn County Neighbors Update - Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Commit to the Future: Here’s to Another 50 Years - Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition Summer Zoom Gathering 2022 - SOCM in the Lens - Looking Back - Job opportunity: SOCM is hiring a Middle TN Community Organizer - Statement delivered at the Coal Ash Workers Hearing - Members of TNACE continue work towards economic and community improvements in the Clearfork Valley - SOCM Members join groups across Appalachia sending a sign-on letter to the President and Congressional Leaders - SOCM joins ally groups in Tennessee for All to fight for equitable funding of public schools - The power of citizen science and the future of Bull Run: Claxton update - Mark your calendars: Dates to remember!

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Q1 2022 SOCM Sentinel

SOCM Members Celebrate 50 Years of Community Organizing • You’re Invited to SOCM’s 50th Anniversary Celebration •
Jackson Chapter Update • Knoxville Chapter Update • Maury Chapter Update • Rutherford Chapter Update •
Cumberland Chapter Update: Members tour Aries Biochar Operation • Grundy County community fights sand mine
development and visits the state legislature • SOCM and SOCM Resource Project board members gather for joint retreat •
SOCM in the Lens • We’re Hiring: SOCM is hiring a Middle TN Community Organizer • SOCM members sign on to Black Lung
Letter • Claxton residents discuss extensive outreach strategies • SOCM joins allies and community members to honor
Kingston Coal Ash workers and families • Stalking the “Secret Squirrel • SOCM Board Member Doug Hudgens passed away
March 26 • SOCM hires Austin Sauerbrei as Executive Director

Q4 2021 SOCM Sentinel

Included inside:

  • SOCM members attend Annual Meeting

  • Looking towards our 50th year

  • SOCM members perform bond release inspection (Clearfork Valley)

  • Community Steering Group forms in response to Bull Run 2023 closure; multiple developments around Kingston Fossil Plant

  • Cumberland Chapter takes field trip to view composting operation in Sevierville

  • Chapter updates

  • SOCM mourns the death of long-time member Landon Medley

  • ETSU Archives is now home to 50 years of SOCM's history

  • Members sign on and comment about various environmental issues

  • Thank you Ann League from all of us at SOCM

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Q3 2021 SOCM Sentinel

Included inside:

  • Bull Run Neighbors centers people power in wake of Bull Run closure

  • Asset mapping points to long-term community development planning

  • Chapter updates

  • SOCM members participate in Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement

  • A Message from Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund

  • Members submit comments holding TDEC and TVA accountable

  • Climate change: TVA move us to carbon-free, clean power!

  • Members participate in Alliance for Appalachia flyover

Q2 2021 SOCM Sentinel

Included inside:

  • STEM/STEAM campus facial recognition causes concern

  • Governor Lee signs bill directing TDEC to request state primacy

  • Chapter updates

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Q1 2021 SOCM Sentinel

Included inside:

  • Should the State of Tennessee take over the regulations of coal mining? SOCM says no!

  • SOCM members demand oversight on primacy

  • After decades coal ash remains problematic

  • TVA plans PEIS on nuclear reactor technological park

  • Legislative Update

  • Chapter Updates

  • SOCM members work with JwJET on justice issues

  • SOCM members participate in bond inspection tour

  • SOCM and community members release open letter about stadium

  • Knoxville members join caravan protests against evictions


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