A MESSAGE FROM The Ordinary Peoples Society AND the Free Alabama Movement

On May 1, 2016,  a coordinated work stoppage shut down three prison facilities in Alabama. The organizers are part of the Free Alabama Movement and Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, of the Ordinary Peoples Society an anchor with the Southern Movement Assembly,  is the national spokesperson on the outside. Despite retaliation tactics that attempted to starve and isolate the prisoners, they stayed strong and called for a national strike on September 9 to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising.
The Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Movement Assembly was held in Dothan, Alabama on August 26, 2016 and anchored by The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS).  A strategy was built for folks on the outside.
To learn more about the strike, strategies to support, and the Free Alabama Movement Demands, to read the press kit, and to hear a recent call to action by the organizers inside the jail follow the link below!


On September 2nd and 3rd the SMA VI facilitation team converged from across the south! Together we continued preparing for SMA VI, worked out site support planning, began synthesizing Movement Briefings that have been coming in from across the south.


National Call to Prepare for SMA VI – The Southern Movement Assembly Organizing Team and Governance Council request that groups of whatever size coming to the SMA VI take the time to generate Movement Briefings. These briefings should lay out the political conditions in your community, the analysis generated by an assembly or gathering of whatever size you find appropriate, and recommendations for action. The goal is that these will serve as a foundation for our shared political analysis and allow for groups from across the south to start learning about each other even before we converge on October 1st and 2nd. A sample template can be found to the right and completed briefings can be mailed to info@southtosouth.org for wider distribution.

The Southern Movement Assembly VI Governance Council and Organizing Team held a National invitation call on September 6, 2016. 

Listen to a recording of the call to learn about the rising Southern Freedom Movement, how to participate in the SMA process, preparing your delegation, and listen to examples of community assemblies from across the region!

  • Who is coming from across the south?
  • What are Movement Briefings and why are we asking communities to invest energy in them?
  • What are the specific calls to action for the final 50 days of the Peoples 100 Countdown?

To download the audio click here! 

REGISTER NOW FOR SMA VI – an additional logistics update will be mailed out Sept. 10th

On October 1st-2nd Southern Freedom Fighters from across the South will convene at SMA VI in Chattanooga, TN. SMA VI will gather forces who will bring with them Movement Briefings from their communities and bases that describe what is happening in their communities. These Movement Briefings will ensure that rather than just a gathering of individuals, we will come together as representatives of our communities to plan our collective next steps.  The goal of SMA VI is to co-create a Southern Movement Blueprint to define our strategies moving into 2017. For more information on how to generate a Movement Briefing please download and use the Peoples 100 Day Action Packet



Are you or your organization ready to sign on for the Southern Peoples Initiatives? Does the work you do advance a new economy, a functional democracy, or community-driven safety? Are you ready to organize a community assembly to demand action in this moment and develop Movement Briefings? Are you ready to build a delegation to the Southern Movement Assembly VI in October and shape a Southern Movement Blueprint?

Sign on below.


If you have any tech questions feel free to reach out to Jovan Julien at jovan@projectsouth.org.

For any questions about ongoing organizing efforts, reach out to Ash-Lee W. Henderson at ash-lee@projectsouth.org.
Much love and solidarity,Southern Movement Assembly Governance Council Organizations
Alternate ROOTS | Regional

Black Workers for Justice | Raleigh, NC

Concerned Citizens for Justice | Chattanooga, Tennessee

Crescent City Media Group | New Orleans, LA

Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger | Atlanta, GA

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy | Regional

National Council of Elders – South | Regional

New Jim Crow Movement | Jacksonville, FL

Project South | Atlanta & Regional

Southwest Workers’ Union | San Antonio, TX

SpiritHouse | Durham, NC

The Ordinary Peoples Society – TOPS | Dothan, AL

University Sin Fronteras | Atlanta, Bemidji, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Detroit, Jacksonville, San Antonio, & Puerto Rico

Women Watch AfrikaClarkston, GA