A Bittersweet Goodbye: An interview with Salem Acuña and J. F. Lyles

  SA: I came to SONG as a volunteer/baby queer in early 2011 through Hermelinda Cortés who had just been hired as a Virginia Field Organizer for SONG in the fall of 2010. Hermelinda and I had known each other peripherally through similar activist circles we were part of in Richmond, VA. As SONG was just starting to do listening sessions and base-building work, Hermelinda reached out to me wanting to have a one-on-one to talk about SONG and her …

Kindred Sonidos Volume 5

Kindred Sounds is a semi-regular curated playlist created by Southerners On New Ground designed to ground, inspire, and move us to action. Share this Post

Queer South Rise Up. Organizing In The Time of Trump.

For 24 years SONG has organized in the hotbed of right-wing strategizing, experimentation, and implementation. Whatever you’ve heard or whatever they say about us, what we know is that the South has long been a stalwart and a bastion of resistance and courage amidst foul and violent legacy, legislation, and culture. Our efforts have often been looked upon with pity, and our organizing and infrastructure too often under-resourced, abandoned, and not taken seriously. While we live in states deemed “red …

A MANTRA FOR PROTECTION ON INAUGURATION DAY

A MANTRA FOR PROTECTION ON INAUGURATION DAY In trying times, we lean on our traditions and practices, ones we have inherited and ones we have evolved, to better reflect who we are as people in the highest vision of ourselves, decolonized in mind, spirit, skin and love. The plagues of cynicism and despair hunt us in these moments looking for our vulnerabilities. They try to convince us that our lives are not worth fighting for, but our rituals and legacy …