In a time of crisis . . . ORGANIZE TO RESIST & BUILD

Southern freedom fighters are gathering November 15-17, 2019 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi for the eighth Southern Movement Assembly. From every frontline, we are coming together to connect with one another, share visions, and create regional strategies for collective action in 2020.

SMA8 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who is the Southern Movement Assembly?

The Southern Movement Assembly is made up of a broad base of Southern-based leaders and communities who live and fight on many frontlines. The Southern Movement Assembly is intergenerational, multiracial, multi-issue and based across the 13 states of the South with partners in the Up South and Global South. Our communities are resisting racism, poverty, violence, and climate crisis. Our communities are protecting and defending ourselves, building new economies, and growing our political power. We believe that we are stronger together.

What is the SMA8?

We have gathered 7 times in the last 7 years. We come together to build connections, break isolation, analyze the situations we are facing, and create visions and strategies for liberation. The SMA8 is the eighth regional assembly since 2012, and we are excited to be anchored in Mississippi by Alternate ROOTS, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, Sipp Culture Center, and partners across the Deep South.

What do we mean by “delegations”?

    • We are asking our people to form groups of 3-5 people from your community or organization and come prepared to build a collective vision and action plan for 2020 with 200-250 other Southern freedom fighters.
    • As organizers, we believe that delegations provide an opportunity to prepare, participate, and represent our communities to better coordinate our shared actions.
  • EACH MEMBER OF YOUR DELEGATION NEEDS TO REGISTER SEPARATELY, BY NOVEMBER 5th – thank you!

How do we prepare for participation in the SMA8? 

  • Before you come, bring your delegation together for a discussion of the following two questions, and come prepared to present the results of this conversation in a concise and creative way.
    • In your community, what are you resisting AND what do you want to build in 2020?
    • In the South as a region, what do we need to resist AND what should we build in 2020?
  • Please review the current ACTION PLAN that synthesized our work at SMA7 in 2017. The Action Plan includes the Southern Peoples Initiative, our shared strategic framework.

Is there a registration fee?

  • No, the SMA is free to participate.
  • The SMA is funded primarily by the grassroots anchor organizations and supporters around the region who are committed to autonomous and independent movement building. Please consider contributing directly to our collective efforts if you are able as an organization or individual. CONTRIBUTE a tax-deductible donation here.

MEALS:

  • The SMA includes all meals, from dinner on Thursday, November 14th to lunch on Sunday, November 17th – provided by Wesley Pines Camp.
  • If you have special dietary needs, please bring your own food to complement or replace what is offered. There are grocery stores and a pharmacy within a 15 minute drive from Wesley Pines Camp.

LODGING:

  • The SMA offers beds in shared housing at Wesley Pines Camp that include dorm-style bunk beds and twin beds in double rooms. Tent camping onsite is also available. 
  • If you are staying on site at Wesley Pines Camp YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN: sheets, pillow, blanket, and towels. A sleeping bag to lay on top of the mattress is another option to sheets and blanket.
  • Click on the link to answer more specific questions about your lodging needs in the TRAVEL SUPPORT FORM.
  • If you choose to stay off site, at your own expense, please consider the following hotels that are 10-25 minutes driving distance from the Camp.
    1. HAZLEHURST: Western Inn Express, Americas Best Value, & Roadway Inn
    2. BRYAM: Holiday Inn Express, Country Inn and Suites, Woodspring Suites, America’s Best Value
    3. JACKSON: Holiday Inn Express Coliseum, Hampton Inn, Red Room Inn

ACCESSIBILITY (SITE & LANGUAGE):

  • Spanish Interpretation will be available on-site, please indicate if anyone in your delegation needs interpretation.
  • If you indicate accessibility requirements on your registration form, someone from SMA will be in contact soon. We are committed to provide accessibility support as best as we are able.
  • The site is a campground with paved roads to primary meeting sites that are accessible by wheelchair in addition to a number of unpaved paths to cabins.
  • Consider also bringing comfortable shoes, rain gear, flashlight, toiletries, snacks and refillable water bottle.
  • Average temperatures for November in the Hazelhurst area are 70 high, 47 low.  But we know how unpredictable the weather is these days. Pack accordingly.

START & END TIMES: 

  • REGISTRATION OPENS at Camp Wesley Pines at 1pm on Thursday, November 14. 
  • The SMA starts officially at 9am on Friday, November 15.
  • The SMA closes at 1pm on Sunday, November 17
  • Please make your travel plans accordingly

TRAVEL SUPPORT OPTIONS:

  • Please carpool with your group and other delegations in your region! We cannot support single occupancy travel or lodging.
  • Travel support is prioritized for the 13 Southern States (AL, AR, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV) and Puerto Rico.
  • Upon request, SMA can support a limited number of delegations in the following ways:
    • Support for gas at $0.50 a mile for privately owned vehicles with groups of 2 or more.
    • Support for rentals vehicles plus gas for groups of 3 or vans for groups of 5 or more – Rentals must be arranged by members of the delegation. SMA 8 is providing limited financial support but NOT making arrangements.
    • We CANNOT provide airfare or support for cars carrying only one person.
  • Those requesting support must apply by November 4, 2019 by clicking on the TRAVEL SUPPORT FORM, with details of your delegation’s needs.
  • There is limited parking on site. We will have shuttles available to/from offsite parking. Please pack items needed at campsite with this in mind. 

CHILDREN: 

  • The Children’s Assembly is a space led by skilled facilitators for people ages 2-12. 
  • Please indicate if you are bringing children and their ages on the TRAVEL SUPPORT FORM.

WORK CREWS:

  • We all work to help  support the SMA happen! If you haven’t already, email info@southtosouth.org to sign up for a Work Crew (Site, Culture/Healing, Program, Communications, etc.)

We will see you in Mississippi in November!