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 hapening in their communities. These Movement Briefings  that describe what is happening in their communities and what they want to build. These Movement Briefings will ensure that rather than just a gathering of individuals, we will come together as representatives of our communities.  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



The Southern People’s Initiatives, as well as the Vision for Black Lives Policy Demands, provide a way of advancing the struggle of converging frontlines being faced in the city of Chattanooga. Over-policing, resource extraction, and displacement continue to plague our people, while Chattanooga’s ruling class prioritizes downtown tourism, real estate development and technology “start-ups”; primarily providing expensive housing in the form of townhomes and condominiums, as well as low wage work in restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions with very little job security or benefits. Chattanooga has the highest concentration of low-wage workers in the country, and Mayor Andy Berke and his administration are actively exporting these “innovative” neo-liberal tactics all across the South.

The struggles throughout Chattanooga Tennessee are connected at the root by a system built on prioritizing private profit over the needs of working class communities. The entire downtown of Chattanooga is a frontline of displacement, as upscale housing and shopping developments are storming outward in all direction. The city is being built into a model for developing mid-sized cities in the service of the rich, whether they are investment capitalists, heads of local and national banks, or land developers actively profiting from the gentrification of Black communities. It’s time to directly confront, disrupt, and expose the existing structures of power in Chattanooga, and all across the South. We know that you, as a part of the Southern Movement Assembly, are fighting alongside us already in these front-lines of struggle, so please join us in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Southern Movement Assembly VI on October 1st and 2nd, as we continue to collectively build the 21st century Southern Freedom Movement.

Check out more on the anchoring organization, Concerned Citizens for Justice & read their analysis “The Perfect Storm“.


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

Join the call to share:

  • What does the SMA mean to participating organizations?
  • 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 of final 50 days of the Peoples 100?

To register for the SMA National call please click here!


On August 20th, 2016 Assemblies in Nashville, Tennessee and Uniontown, AL will gather community members to generate Movement Briefings and share analysis to move work forward in their respective constituencies and to start preparing delegations towards SMA VI in October. For more information please see the table below. 



The Southern Movement Assembly is a process to converge frontline struggles in the greater region. Numerous Peoples Movement Assemblies will build #SouthernPeoplesPower during the Peoples 100 Days. Assemblies bring social movements together to collectively converge our strategies, actions and strength to build our own community governance. We believe that the SMA is a space to hold political power and not give it away to the political parties during the elections season. Big questions we are addressing:How do we build Southern peoples power, how do we own and hold it, and how do we use it to create a new social economy based on equity, develop our peoples democracy and self governance to protect and defend our communities in these stormy times?



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? If so: Sign on Here.


August 1 – November 8 Peoples 100 Day Countdown

Peoples Movement Assemblies across the South are gathering communities to address frontline concerns, create long-term visions for justice, and develop community-led positions on this time of crisis. Formerly incarcerated people and their families, communities affected by extractive & toxic industries, young Black people, workers, and refugee & immigrant communities will gather and develop our plan for the Southern Freedom Movement in the 21st century.

Upcoming Assemblies and Events

*For more information on these assemblies please email

Black Joy/ Black Resilience Wednesday – Durham, NC -Wednesdays (weekly) with SpiritHouse

Uniontown Assembly – Uniontown, AL – August 20 with Black Belt Citizens

Tennessee Wide Assembly – August 20

Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Assembly – Dothan, AL – August, 26

Clarkston Community Assembly – August 27 with Women Watch Afrika

Climate Justice & Labor Assembly in New Orleans – September 1 with Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy

Hondo Community Assembly in Texas – September 1

October 1-2 Southern Movement Assembly VI – Chattanooga TN

Bring your dreams, your visions, and your plans to the sixth regional assembly of frontline communities. We will sharpen our collective plan of action and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of 2017. Save the date and join us!

If you have any tech questions feel free to reach out to Jovan Julien at

For any questions about ongoing organizing efforts, reach out to Ash-Lee W. Henderson at

Much love and solidarity,

Southern Movement Assembly Governance Council Organizations
Alternate Roots | Regional

Black Workers for Justice | Raleigh, NC

Concerned Citizen 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