Honoring SONG Co-Founder Joan Garner

Joan Garner

Joan Garner is wearing a red jacket in this group photo of former SONG Co-Directors, Board Member, Co-Founders and Family. Photo Courtesy  Mab Segrest. It is with a heavy heart that we share with y’all the news of Joan Garner’s passing after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. Joan was a brilliant Black femme lesbian who helped co-found SONG 24 years ago. Her work is ever present here in the South and she never stopped working to advance our shared …

The Time Has Been Come To Get Free: Announcing Roberto Tijerina as SONG’s Interim Co-Director

Roberto Tijerina

Dear SONG family and friends, Twelve years ago, I unknowingly started a journey toward finding chosen family and a political home. As a queer man from an immigrant family, I was cutting my political teeth doing work around immigrant rights, language accessibility, and queer liberation in Chicago. I was given the opportunity to learn about the history and practice of Southern organizing at the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, and it was there that I learned about popular …

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 …