SOUTHERN MOVEMENT ALLIANCE
We are an alliance of Southern organizations collaborating to develop common political, economic, and social analysis to implement strategic and collective action plans for building power across the South. In 2012, The Southern Movement Alliance and partners are collaborating on voter education, registration, and activation through the We All Count Campaign.
“The Southern Movement Alliance was born out of the BAM Institute in 2010 to continue bringing together Southern organizations who have political alignment – It is anchored by Project South, and we are building to a level of coordination, shared analysis, and political direction. In 2011, we organized more intentional concentrated work through the Summer Drive. Our organizations wanted to have our staff and organizers go through joint trainings and leadership development to build stronger leadership in a shared way. The question for 2012: What can we impact on a larger scale, by coming together?”
– Paulina Hernandez, Co-Director SONG (Southerners On New Ground)
Our coordinated actions achieve our shared purposes: to dismantle the systems that create and maintain racism, oppression and exploitation while also building the social and economic democracy that advances self-determination and sovereignty on multiple fronts.
We have the history, the relationships, and the commitment to build strong social movements based in the South. We cannot merely build our organizations to sustain themselves as separate entities. We cannot achieve our ambitious visions alone. We can chart our own course to liberation.
Southern Movement Alliance:
- Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger, Georgia Statewide
Organizes unemployed people to develop income alternatives, cultivate urban farm projects, and challenge voter suppression.
- Kindred Healing Justice Collective, Regional
Organizes healing practitioners to provide rapid response care to marginalized communities throughout the Southeast.
- Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Louisiana
Challenges re-districting that further displaces voters from the gulf region. Provides legal advocacy to immigrants and those affected by the BP oil crisis.
- Project South, Atlanta & Regional
Organizes Black youth, locally and regionally; engaged in National Student Bill of Rights & Youth Vote.
- Southerners On New Ground (SONG), Regional
Organizes with multiracial base of queer people to challenge anti-gay marriage amendments, anti-immigrant legislation, and Voter ID laws in NC, VA, GA, SC, & AL.
- Southwest Workers’ Union, Texas
Organizes public & domestic workers, youth, and immigrants to engage directly in redistricting efforts, challenge environmental injustices, and develop community-based solutions.
- The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS), Alabama
Organizes formerly incarcerated people and young people to reverse disproportionate sentencing legislation. Won in 2008 to ensure fair voting practices in prisons across the state.
- Women’s Project, Little Rock AR
35-year organization working locally with intergenerational base of educators, youth, and social service providers to increase coordinated community development