Support SOCM Chapters
And Strengthen the Efforts of Local Organizing
SOCM Chapter's are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 a year from chapter events, new members, and chapter specific donations. Help your chapter reach it's annual goal by giving a chapter gift – a gift that goes above and beyond what you already give to SOCM. Here's a list of chapters and a short description about each.
The Cumberland County Chapter includes members for the communities of Cumberland County, including Crossville, Pleasant Hill, Fairfield Glade, and Crab Orchard. The chapter is currently working with Volunteer Energy Cooperative, the local utility provider, to institute accessible, publicly programs for energy efficiency, broadband internet, and community solar. Recent campaigns have focused on protecting employees of Cumberland Mountain State Park from privatization, preserving the Homestead community from a highway expansion, and instituting protections from unwanted landfills. The Chapter also hosts SOCM's annual Walk for Justice fundraiser.
The Davidson County Chapter formed in the Summer of 2017. For the past few months, members have been meeting to research issues that matter to them. One of the issues that is clearly important to members is making a connection to the landfill issue in Rutherford Co. because we know that our waste is sent to our neighbors. Join us as we navigate boards, reports and talking to community members that are directly affected by this issue. Members often refer to the chapter as DavCo.
The Jackson Chapter in Madison County highlights an annual event called "Save Our Community Day" that brings hundreds of Jackson City and Madison County residents together to discover ways in which to improve their community. The Chapter has worked on campaigns to hold city officials accountable to redeveloping East Jackson, voter engagement campaign, and youth involvement. More recently, the chapter is focused on holding city officials accountable to road safety in local neighborhoods and upgrades to city parks.
The Knoxville Chapter's work is focused primarily in the City of Knoxville, but members derive from throughout Knox County, as well as surrounding communities. Currently, the chapter is working on housing justice issues, including access to affordable housing and equitable urban development. We've also begun to campaign for the Knoxville Utility Board to institute a public broadband option. Chapter members have researched racial inequalities in access to mortgage funding and surveyed tenants on their housing conditions.
The Maury County Chapter is fighting hard for justice in the county’s public school system. After an African-American teacher was fired due to discrimination, members rallied to her cause as she appealed the decision. Though she did not get her job back, we successfully elected her to the county commission. The chapter has also worked on other education issues, such as fair treatment of school employees and changes in bullying policies. Our victories include, ensuring district employees recoup wages that were not paid and pressuring the school board leadership to resign and bring in a more pro-public school one.
The Roaring River Chapter encompasses the Putnam, Jackson, and Overton Counties. It currently functions as a support chapter, meeting as needed to address threats to the local environment. A recent campaign involved protecting a wetland area of Cookeville from retail development. The chapter has also worked with the Sierra Club and student organizations at Tennessee Tech to screen the Coal Ash Stories documentary and organize attendees for hearings around coal ash regulation. The Roaring River Chapter hosts an annual wine tasting fundraiser that brings together members from the three-county area.
The Rutherford County Chapter of SOCM is working on environmental justice issues around the local landfill, the largest in the state. The chapter has won some important victories on this front, including new regulations, more investment in safety mechanisms, and the end of illegal blasting at the adjoining quarry. The chapter recently completed a public health survey and is now pushing for green, sustainable solid waste alternatives since the landfill will reach capacity in a few years. Members are also gearing up for a campaign to transform Murfreesboro’s city council into one based on local districts. This would give ordinary citizens much more of a voice in local government. Members often refer to the chapter as RuCo.