MUTUAL AID WORK TEAM: A coordinated network of Mutual Aid Liberation Centers is a vision the SMA initiated in 2016. It’s time to manifest that vision for our safety and protection. Our first step is to map and coordinate sanctuary hubs and Mutual Aid sites and Liberation Centers to connect local efforts to protect, defend, educate, and assemble our people.
LOCAL POLICIES WORK TEAM: To build a new economy we must disrupt existing systems of capital and profit and reclaim community control of our own resources. It’s time to connect policy campaigns calling for divestment from policing, harm, and extractive industries. We will coordinate people’s investment plans to advance a Green New Deal for the South, participatory budgeting plans, and our shared visions for a new social economy.
REGIONAL ACTION WORK TEAM: To demonstrate our power and vision for community safety, economic well-being, health, education, and participatory democracy, we will practice community organizing in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. We will create cultural projects that reimagine our world in order to shape it from the ground up. And we will converge to show our regional collective power at the end of the People’s First 100 Days.
COMMUNICATIONS WORK TEAM: Developing a regional communication strategy is a critical part of the People’s First 100 Days. Our strategy must reach Southern communities with messages that resonate with people and inspire them to become part of the movement. Internally, we must be able to stay connected with each other throughout the campaign and during moments of rapid response to crisis. We will build communication tools and infrastructure needed to mobilize quickly and securely. Southern People’s Power will transform our region. There is a role for everyone to play. Like an Appalachian organizer at the first Southern Movement Assembly declared: “We cannot do this alone, and we don’t want to.”