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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!


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”


Q1 2023 SOCM Sentinel

SOCM Members join TN for All’s Working People’s Day on the Hill • SOCM members testify, contact legislators, and host public meetings • SOCM in the Lens • Nashville SOCM Parents#Morethanatest Host Town Hall • SOCM Members Get Outside this Spring to Fun-raise • Knoxville Chapter Housing Update • Cumberland Chapter Update • Anderson County Update • Teamsters and SOCM members work together on infrastructure concerns • SAVE THE DATE: May 27 Spring Member Gathering

Q4 2022 SOCM Sentinel

2022 has been a year of significant growth and reorganization • SOCM establishes two long-term, statewide issue teams • SOCM’s Values • Don’t let Politicians Flunk our Third Graders • Cumberland Chapter Update • Knoxville Chapter Update • SOCM in the Lens (Public Education and Annual Meeting) • Maury Chapter Update • Jackson Chapter Update • McMinn County Neighbors Chapter Update • Rutherford Chapter Update • Senate passes amended STREAM Act and sends it back to House • Community Shares Offers Easy, Impactful Workplace Giving • SOCM Staff facilitate organizing workshop for TPEC • SOCM hires a new full-time Middle Tennessee Organizer • Farewell to SOCM Member and Friend Sandra Edwards • SOCM Remembers Eston Evans • SOCM visits the Archives at ETSU

2022 Annual Meeting

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


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