We are in a political moment, regionally and nationally, where the contradictions in society are becoming more revealed, and manifesting in more extreme ways as neo-liberals and the far-right Neo-Confederacy consolidate power. Through building a strong social movement centered among people living on the frontlines of crisis, we can move from endless defensive battles to contending for power.
Historic Lincoln Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a clear example of the intersecting frontlines of struggle that are addressed in the Southern People’s Initiatives, and it is the site for Southern Movement Assembly VI. The city is intensifying its attack on the historic Lincoln Park community, once home to to one of the largest Black parks in the segregated South, and a base for Marcus Garvey’s United Negro Improvement League. Southern Movement is rising; let’s celebrate the long history of resistance and resilience we’re set in, as we develop our collective plan for building the Southern Freedom Movement. See you in Chattanooga TN October 1st and 2nd for SMA VI – Let’s get free y’all!
Check out more on the anchoring organization, Concerned Citizens for Justice & read their analysis of the economic, ecological, and state violence crises in “The Perfect Storm“.


Special Release on August 30

Last year the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) – a Southern Movement Assembly anchor organization – helped anchor the Gulf South Rising Initiative to create regional infrastructure and uplift the voices of frontline leaders in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. If you made it to the SMA last year, you’ll remember we joined forces in New Orleans last August to hold our fifth SMA during Gulf South Rising’s community-led tenth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina on Congo Square. The extensive final report will be released on August 30th, 2016. Register here to participate in a national call or for more information click here.


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



The Ordinary People‘s Society (TOPS) is currently participating in a series of profiles to bring awareness to the crisis of mass incarceration in the U.S. by highlighting family members and loved ones in prison, jail, and immigrant detention and juvenile detention centers. Stay connected to #FREEAMERICA on Facebook to hear their remarkable stories and learn how you can get involved.

National Call to Prepare for SMA VI

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 learn about the rising Southern Freedom Movement, how to participate in the SMA process, prepare your delegation, and hear reports from community assemblies 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 register for the SMA National call please click here!


FRIDAY, August 26 in Dothan, Alabama | Anchor: The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS) –– Formerly incarcerated people and the families of currently incarcerated people will convene to build an inside out strategy to support what is shaping up to be the largest prison strike in recent history onSeptember 9. Read the Press Release Here.

SATURDAY, August 27 in Clarkston, Georgia | Anchor: Women Watch Afrika (WWA) — From 10am-2:30pm at 3919 Church St, Clarkston GA 30021 (the Clarkston United Methodist Church) the refugee and immigrant community will gather for a community assembly to address global and state violence and how those realities connect to medical violence.

SATURDAY, August 27 in Montgomery, Alabama | Anchor: Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative — From 10am-4pm join peers, community leaders, friends, and family members as we come together to discuss and plan strategies for SRBWI’s Alabama Human Rights Commissions’ Campaign to Make Black Lives Matter in Southern States and national Policy Environments. Register Here



The University Sin Fronteras is building a new society while dismantling the old, and has joined in the Southern Movement Assembly because we are stronger together than separate. The University Sin Fronteras works to decolonize the language we use in everyday conversations. From the language of campaign, we shift to the language of initiative. Campaign is heavy in militarist strategy and tactics, while the initiative is a new social crafting by the people at the grassroots, in our communities, and in our liberation movement. We prefer to create unity through inclusive convergence rather than unity based on ‘buying in’ or marketing our social movement.


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 below.


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

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
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