What do we do?

Seven Southern Movement Assemblies have convened 1000s of people since 2012, and we synthesize our bold visions into a strategic framework called the Southern Peoples Initiative. We use multiple methods including: Grassroots Organizing; Political Education; Direct Action; and Policy & Legal Initiatives to accomplish our goals.

BUILD NEW SOCIAL ECONOMIES
We coordinate just transition strategies that interrupt and confront extractive and exploitative economies and builds new institutions like cooperatives and practices of community-based agriculture, land trusts, and participatory budgeting. We organize to generate knowledge and strategies in order to build a people’s economy from the ground up.

PRACTICE PEOPLES DEMOCRACY
We organize Peoples Movement Assemblies and build coordinated local community governance for movement power. We challenge legal barriers to political participation, expand civic engagement beyond the vote, and organize political education.

PROTECT & DEFEND COMMUNITIES
We work to eliminate state violence in all its forms, including incarceration, social control, medical violence, and military violence that displaces people globally and locally. We coordinate community resistance to violence, rapid response to crisis, and disaster preparedness.