Community Infrastructure Practices

Practices that manifest the vision of the Southern Movement Assembly

Mutual Aid Liberation Centers

Community spaces, in the legacy of historical mutual aid societies in the South, organized locally to gather resources and support rapid response to crisis, political education, health & healing spaces, self-defense courses, violence de-escalation skills, resources & referrals, etc.

Community & Frontline Assemblies

Gatherings to practice governance in order to exercise power from the bottom-up

Action Steps & Examples of what could be organized at a center:

  • Develop Rapid Response Networks including sanctuary and support networks for families facing deportation, hate violence, police shootings, and climate disasters.

  • Create spaces to provide Skills-based Trainings towards community-based agriculture, water filtration, creating cooperatives, conflict resolution, organizing & facilitating Assemblies, etc.

  • Protect & Know Your Rights trainings with legal advocates and organizers

  • Space to collect and provide information and develop stronger communication infrastructure

  • Develop interconnection and relationships that form beloved community—where we create and practice liberation in our local community.

EXAMPLES of Assemblies:

  • Food Sovereignty Assemblies: Organize farmers, growers, and communities to train up in skills at intensives and build towards an effective Alabama-statewide assembly

  • Education Justice Assemblies: Organize youth, students, and families to demand and adhere to the National Student Bill of Rights, including right to freedom from search, seizure, and violence; disinvest from school to prison pipeline, and fight school closures and privatization.

  • Formerly Incarcerated Peoples (FIP) Assemblies: Organize people inside prisons, formerly incarcerated people, their families, and people affected by criminal legal system to challenge prison slavery in 13th Amendment, prison conditions, sentencing discrepancies, and collateral consequences.

  • Policing Bodies - Assemblies to Challenge Social Control: Organize people to connect state violence, medical violence, and sexual violence in order to build long-term strategies for body autonomy, reproductive justice, queer & gender liberation, universal healthcare, refugee and migrant rights, and harm free zones.

  • Labor & Climate Assemblies: Organize workers and community members directly affected by climate disasters, extractive industries, and low-wage, dangerous jobs to build long-term strategies for just transitions in the South.

  • Migration Assemblies: Organize migrants, refugees, and immigrants to build new economy plans, defense, and sanctuary spaces.